A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland and the Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides
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. The one quality that is shared by both is the amiability. Each one has a very different way of telling about their travels, but both are interesting because of each one seems to be enjoying it very much, and I different ways. Johnson in an amiable way focuses on the vicissitudes of the trip, the scenery, provides the sociologist's eye, the curiosity of the foreign traveler. Boswell, in a more humorous way, is interested in Johnson, and introduces the Scottish islands and its people through the interaction of these with Johnson. The excitement felt by Boswell when about to bring Johnson in contact with some native personage is successfully conveyed to the reader. I could imagine Doctor Watson doing something of this sort with Sherlock Holmes if they were to travel together to Watson's own neck-of-the-woods. The book's light and friendly tone makes up well for the -perhaps lack of other exciting happenings.