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Quote from: SimonNZ on January 21, 2023, 04:52:04 PMOnly intended to read the section on Adlai Stevenson, but that is so well written I'll be doing the whole book.
Quote from: Brian on January 21, 2023, 06:11:58 PMWhat unites the six men being discussed? Is there a theme?
Quote from: SimonNZ on January 27, 2023, 03:23:05 PMStarted:Even though this is 1400 pages I can tell from the first 50 that its going to be a fast, fun read.
Quote from: ultralinear on January 28, 2023, 02:37:39 AMOh that's my Desert Island book - I have the 1896 Birrell edition in 6 volumes, which I discovered languishing unappreciated in a South London junk shop more than 30 years ago.A lot of it comes down to whether you like Boswell as a person. No doubt his puppyish enthusiasm could be wearing at times - Johnson would occasionally snap at him for it - all of which he would faithfully record, the insults along with the affection - but there can be little doubt that he must have made a very cheerful companion. And still does.His London Journal 1762-1763 is a very entertaining read. It covers the period up to his first meeting with Johnson, but is probably more famous for the "Louisa episode", in which he gives a day-by-day account of how his plan to achieve a pox-free sex life came to nothing in spectacular fashion, and has to be one of the most hilarious things ever set down in print. It's the combination of preening self-regard - he finds himself endlessly fascinating - with the continual pratfalls and humiliation, all of it told with engaging frankness.
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