Saturday, August 4, 2012
100 Books Every Woman Should Read - The Life of Samuel Johnson***
Immense, yes. Readable, eh. That's up for debate. I appreciate Boswell's effort to make this biography not a mere recitation of facts about a person but rather an opportunity to really get to know the person Samuel Johnson. He even makes the point that a biography should have a moral, a biography should be penned because there is something to be learned from this person's life. However, this book is absurdly long. It can be rather dry and certainly gets tedious after the first hundred pages. In order to help us get to know Johnson, Boswell seems to feel the need to include every letter Johnson ever wrote and record every miniscule action he ever performed. Heaven forbid we should not know that Johnson sneezed. That being said, this work does contain many tidbits of wisdom, some of which I have included below.