In 1773, 63-year-old literary giant Samuel Johnson joined James Boswell, a 32-year-old Scottish lawyer, on an historic horseback expedition across the Scottish Highlands to the Western Islands. The unlikely duo's travelogue records their fascinating conversations and encounters with great wit and incredible detail. Johnson, one of the 18th century's most celebrated writers, provided an elegant and stately account of everything from Loch Ness's medicinal waters to Scotland's puzzling lack of trees. The younger Boswell focused instead on his famed companion, offering a perceptive, highly entertaining, deeply intimate glimpse into Johnson's personality. Taken together, Johnson and Boswell's very different styles perfectly complement each other, resulting in a deeply satisfying, truly original narrative.
In an odd-couple tale of sorts, the literary titan Samuel Johnson goes on a horseback tour across the Scottish Highlands and into the Western Islands with the young journalist James Boswell. Accomplished narrators, Patrick Tull and Alexander Spencer take charge of Johnson and Boswell's records, adding a fresh and intimate take on this fascinating journey. The narratives of these two men combine to form a most unique audiobook. A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland provides not only access to a rapidly evolving Scotland, but also insight into one of England's most renowned men of letters.
"Delightful examples of language at its best, these tapes would be a meaningful addition to any serious literature collection." (Library Journal)
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