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James Boswell--to use a contemporary idiom-- had a mancrush on Samuel Johnson. He wrote this lengthy portrait of his hero--and its magnificent. This is a vastly entertaining read.

Full of fascinating, insightful, provocative, fun, sometimes gossipy detail, Boswells Life of Johnson is a real treat. After ten pages, I was hooked. In writing his Life of Johnson, Boswell showed us all how fascinating a single man can be when studied in detail by a sympathetic reporter.

I suspect that Boswells Johnson is a much more interesting character than Johnsons Johnson, but that doesnt matter: Boswells book is a separate creation and entity than Johnson the man. Boswells hero worship and adulation is infectious.

It is difficult not to wish Boswell success in pulling off this grand project: a huge portrait of a brilliant, admirable, great but flawed man. Get this. You are going to be entertained. Despite its enormous size, this is a fun, interesting, stimulating read. This is the perfect vacation book for anyone who prefers something with more intellectual meat than a thriller or mystery. Anglophiles MUST read this. Anyone who cares about great books should read it. And anyone looking for a book that has stood the test of time should read it. Simply because you will be denying yourself a great experience if you dont.

I would definitely want this with me during a long convalescence--it would be a great companion.

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