In 1762 James Boswell, then 22 years old, left Edinburgh for London. The famous Journal he kept during the next nine months is an intimate account of his encounters with the high-life and the low-life in London. Frank and confessional as a personal portrait of the young Boswell, the Journal is also revealing as a vivid portrayal of life in 18th-century London.More
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Myriad Problems immediately recognized
This very short abridged version of James Boswell’s ‘London Journal ‘ is enough for the listener to decide that the full work is not a worthwhile investment in time and energy.
Apart from a superficial description of his first meetings with Samuel Johnson, these musings deal almost exclusively with the narrator’s intimate encounters with the other sex.
Though it is perhaps somewhat revealing of the times when it was written, this self-centered account is today almost completely devoid of interest.
To top it all, the technical quality of the recording is quite below par, as if the microphone had been deficient.
- Pierre Gauthier