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Whisky, Kilts, and the Loch Ness Monster: Traveling through Scotland with Boswell and Johnson Hardcover – December 21, 2010
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For one who mentions the joys of single malt, there really is not very much of that information in the book, nor really much on kilts or the Loch Ness monster; but the journey is interesting and described well. Lovers of Scotland, Johnson and Boswell, as well as travel odysseys would enjoy this book.
Starr is clearly a man who loves Scotland. He is in his element while travelling through the Scottish countryside, though he harbors a certain amount of nostalgia for a Scotland long gone. Ultimately this leads to a bit of golden ageism. Starr is also a man who loves Boswell and Johnson, more so than the average reader likely will. The text is littered with passages quoted from Boswell and Johnson's own writings, more than the average reader will likely appreciate. I wish that Starr had focused more upon his own travelogue and less on Boswell and Johnson. Starr has an entertaining, Bill Bryson-like style that reads easily, but I would rather read Starr on his own than with the crutch of Boswell and Johnson.
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An insightful and funny ramble through Scotland in the footsteps of Johnson and Boswell. . .done in reverse! Read morePublished 8 months ago by Ms Terry Starr
On the topic Bowsell and Johnson, but this author gave a nice account of his travel and how they mirrored the trip of earlier.
Nicely written. Enjoy...
I was looking for a modern book related to Johnson and Boswell's late 18th century travels in the Scottish Highlands and this filled the bill. Read morePublished on September 20, 2012 by Art Busbey
This book was in the hands of my local librarian when I first saw it, and I put in a request to be next in line. I'm glad I did. Read morePublished on March 15, 2011 by Gregory J. Auger