As a work of literature Boswell's account is warm and endearing.
If one reads only one travel book then maybe this one is the right one--maybe Lawrence's 'Travels in Italy' is second on my list.
Readers familiar with Edinburgh, St. Andrews, the Great Glen, Skye, and the Inner Hebrides will recognize much of his route.
Loved both tales. Two interesting, humorous writers still enjoyable 200 years on. As a result I will add many of the Western Isles to my trip next year.Published on November 2, 2012 by GKWilie
I have a collectors edition of these two books but it is getting a bit old to handle daily. So this was just the book I needed to re-read a classic as told by two men who traveled... Read morePublished on July 4, 2012 by Amazon Customer
This 1984 Penguin Classic edition combines Samuel Johnson's "A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland" with the complementary account by Johnson's companion and biographer... Read morePublished on February 9, 2012 by D.S.Thurlow
Divided in two very different parts: the first one told by Johnson; the second by Bowell, it has things to entertain and amuse both types of audiences. Read morePublished on October 10, 2011 by Buenoslibros.es
I took this book along on my recent trip to Scotland. What a treat! My review is for Boswell's Journal, rather than Johnson's account of the same trip, both of which are contained... Read morePublished on May 22, 2011 by NoVAReader
In 1773 James Boswell (age 33) convinced his older friend Samuel Johnson (age 64) to go on a 4 month tour of Scotland. Read morePublished on September 3, 2008 by Stephen Balbach
Samuel Johnson had long planned a journey to the western islands of Scotland, but it wasn't until 1773, when he was already 64 years old, that he was able to realize the trip; his... Read morePublished on October 11, 2006 by Bomojaz