Whisky, Kilts and the Loch Ness Monster: Traveling Through Scotland with Boswell and Johnson (Paperback)William W. Starr (author)
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Whisky, Kilts, and the Loch Ness Monster is a memoir of a twenty-first-century literary pilgrimage to retrace the famous eighteenth-century Scottish journey of James Boswell and Samuel Johnson, two of the most celebrated writers of their day. William W. Starr enlivens this crisply written travelogue with a playful wit, an enthusiasm for all things Scottish, the boon and burden of American sensibility, and an ardent appreciation for Boswell and Johnson--who make frequent cameos throughout these ramblings.
In 1773 the sixty-three-year-old Johnson was England's pre-eminent man of letters, and Boswell, some thirty years Johnson's junior, was on the cusp of achieving his own literary celebrity. For more than one hundred days, the distinguished duo toured what was then largely unknown Scottish terrain, later publishing their impressions of the trip in a pair of classic journals. In 2007 Starr embarked on a three-thousand-mile trek through the Scottish Lowlands and Highlands, following the path--though in reverse--of Boswell and Johnson. He recorded a wealth of keen observations on his encounters with people and places, lochs and lore, castles and clans, fables and foibles. Starr couples his contemporary commentary with passages from Boswell's and Johnson's published accounts, letters, and diaries to weave together a cohesive travel guide to the Scotland of yore and today. This is a celebration of Scottish life and a spirited endorsement of the wondrous, often unexpected discoveries to be made through good travel and good writing.
Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
Number of pages: 232
Weight: 500 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
"This book is outright hilarious. . . . It's Bill Bryson funny. It's Sedaris funny. . . .At times it's as if Ziggy went on a road trip."--George Singleton, author of The Half-Mammals of Dixie
"This book is a delight--historically sweeping, informative, and crisply written. From an informed American perspective, he blends hilarious and droll reflections on Scotland's history and culture with an affectionate and insightful tracking of the footsteps of Boswell and Johnson."--Peter Martin, prize-winning biographer of Boswell and Johnson