A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland and the Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides

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Penguin Books Limited, 1984 - Literary Collections - 429 pages
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"I mentioned our design to Voltaire," wrote Boswell. "He looked at me as if I had talked of going to the North Pole ?"

As it turned out, Johnson enjoyed their Scottish journey (although the land was not quite so wild and barbaric as perhaps he had hoped), and Boswell delighted in it. The year was 1773, they were sixty-three and thirty-two years old, and had been friends for ten years.

Their journals, published together here, perfectly complement each other. Johnson's majestic prose and hawk eye for curious detail take in everything from the stone arrowheads found in the Hebrides, to the 'medicinal' waters of Loch Ness and 'the mischiefs of emigration'. Meanwhile, it is very lucky that as Johnson was observing Scotland, Boswell was observing Johnson. His record is perceptive, highly entertaining and full of sardonic wit; for him, as for us, it is an appetizer for The Life of Johnson.

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Review: A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland and The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides

User Review  - Steve - Goodreads

In 1773 Johnson and Boswell tour the western islands of Scotland. Johnson observes the country and Boswell observes Johnson. What great fun. Now on to Boswell's Life of Johnson. Read full review

Review: A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland and The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides

User Review  - Rebecca Thomas - Goodreads

Whilst an interesting perspective on English conservative views on 18th century Scotland, as a work of literature Johnson's 'Journey' holds little interest for the modern reader other than one of ... Read full review

About the author (1984)

Samuel Johnson was born in 1709 and died in 1784--a long life, though one marred by depression and fear of death. Samuel Johnson's literary reputation rests on such a varied output that he defies easy description: poet, critic, lexicographer, travel writer, essayist, editor, and, with his good friend and fellow traveller James Boswell, a biographer. l

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