The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson

The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson

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The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson by James Boswell

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The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson

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the following nervous lines:

For who would leave, unbrib'd, Hibernia's land Or change the rocks of Scotland for the Strand There none are swept by sudden fate away; But all, whom hunger spares, with age decay.

The truth is, like the ancient Greeks and Romans, he allowed himself to look upon all nations but his own as barbarians: not only Hibernia, and Scotland, but Spain, Italy, and France, are attacked in the same poem. If he was particularly prejudiced against the Scots, it was because they were more in his way; because he thought their success in England rather exceeded the due proportion of their real merit; and because he could not but seenin them that nationality which I believe no liberal-minded Scotsman will deny. He was indeed, if I may be allowed the phrase, at bottom much of a John Bull; much of a blunt 'true born Englishman'. There was a stratum of common clay under the rock of marble. He was voraciously fond of good eating; and he had a great deal of that quality called humour, whi

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Fascinating read. Primitive travel history (1773) in a remote part of Scotland, sleeping wherever, eating whatever for 2 upper class Londoners with a servant or 2. I Would like to read the servants account.
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-heavily footnoted with no way to get to the note.
-many French, Latin phrases without ability to translate.
-inserts, such as other peoples comments, not included.
In short, good read, not good for a Kindle download. I will have to put this back on my list and read the actual book.