A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland

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W. Strahan; and T. Cadell in the Strand, 1775 - Hebrides (Scotland) - 384 pages
 

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User Review  - Cecrow - www.librarything.com

Samuel Johnson being the creator of the first English dictionary, I expected this journal to be a challenging and thorough chronicle. At least to begin with it seems surprisingly the contrary, sparse ... Read full review

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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

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Page 346 - Whatever withdraws us from the power of our senses, whatever makes the past, the distant, or the future predominate over the present, advances us in the dignity of thinking beings. Far from me and...
Page 193 - Length of life is distributed impartially, to very different modes of life in very different climates ; and the mountains have no greater examples of age and health than the...
Page 87 - Before me, and on either side, were high hills, which by hindering the eye from ranging, forced the mind to find entertainment for itself. Whether I spent the hour well I know not ; for here I first conceived the thought of this narration.
Page 106 - Out of one of the beds on which we were to repose started up, at our entrance, a man black as a Cyclops from the forge.
Page 276 - A Scotchman must be a very sturdy moralist, who does not love Scotland better than truth ; he will always love it better than inquiry : and if falsehood flatters his vanity, will not be very diligent to detect it.
Page 383 - Novelty and ignorance must always be reciprocal, and I cannot but be conscious that. my thoughts on national manners, are the thoughts of one who has seen but little.
Page 36 - Castle, built upon the margin of the sea, so that the walls of one of the towers seem only a continuation of a perpendicular rock, the foot of which is beaten by the waves.
Page 252 - Strong reasons for incredulity will readily occur. This faculty of seeing things out of sight is local, and commonly useless. It is a breach of the common order of things, without any visible reason or perceptible benefit. It is ascribed only to a people very little enlightened; and among them, for the most part, to the mean and ignorant.
Page 248 - Sight is an impression made either by the mind upon the eye, or by the eye upon the mind, by which things distant or future are perceived, and seen as if they were present.
Page 254 - Boyle has been able to resist ; that sudden impressions, which the event has verified, have been felt by more than own or publish them ; that the Second Sight of the Hebrides...

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