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on 5 September 2017
A fascinating first hand account of an 18th Century German visitor to England. It's a fascinating and actually an easy read with a wealth of detail. The book really takes on a life of its own once the author emerges from London and proceeds to travel on foot for much of his journey. The attitudes of the locals that he encounters are amazing in their perception of the author and how he is received. For the £0.00 price for the Kindle version, this is well worth the money!
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on 2 June 2016
A simple honest and engaging account of his short stay and adventures when attempting to travel mainly on foot in late 18thC England showing the kind of difficulties the suspicion and prejudice against seemingly impecunious travellers would cause then as it would today. It doesn't read like a translation as the English flows in natural order. An enjoyable read and insight into the England of the day through the eyes of a well-connected foreign visitor in letters sent to his friend..
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on 5 May 2011
As someone who is hugely interested in early modern England I have read much that describes the period in broad brush strokes. However this book offers a fascinating insight into social details that are not a part of political movements, battle scenarios or scientific discoveries. This is a look at the small people who are the backdrop to the big picture. Read it and find the real eighteenth century.
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on 31 October 2013
This is an excellent book; and the content is very unique . Written by a German visitor to England in 1782, and I think I'm right in saying, rewritten in 1886. Even though it was written so long ago it still makes very pleasant, easy reading. His description of England is very interesting especially if you are familiar with the areas he visits i.e. London, Richmond, Oxford, Derbyshire and intermediate villages. He describes the reception he receives from many of the people he encounters which gives wonderful insight into the psyche of the English population during the eighteenth century.
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on 1 August 2014
Like other readers, I would not have chosen this delightful book if it hadn't been a free purchase & had encouraging reviews. This would have been a shame. It was a wonderful depiction of pre industrial England from a foreign traveller's point of view. Places we no longer think of as a pastoral landscape, & natural wonders still enthralling us in the present day. Clearly some things never change, prejudice , rudeness & bad customer service seem to be ages old!
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on 21 March 2015
I like this book. It consists of gentle observations which bring to life 18th century England. It is a Victorian translation so very easy to read. I was amused to discover that so little has changed in 250 years: miserable waitresses; overpriced snacks in the theatre; perishing cold in June; parts of London where you daren't go after dark for fear of being mugged; but beautiful countryside and places of interest with lots of nice people along the way. Read it if you fancy something that isn't too demanding.
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on 4 October 2013
Fascinating insight into 18th century England. Observations on character, dress, education, towns villages, buildings, playhouses, pleasure gardens, press gangs, highwaymen, footpads, Inns, roads,stage coaches,parliament and so much more. The differences in attitude depending on whether he arrived by carriage or on foot or had changed his shirt was enlightening as was how often he was 'ripped off'. I still cant decide whether this young german vicars comments about the bold women importuning for wine or the young woman who offered her arm and asked him why he walked alone in the pleasure gardens were naïve or merely discrete.
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on 7 July 2015
There are plenty of excellent reviews of this book, which leave little to be added by me. It would be interesting if only for its description of the good folk of Burton-on-Trent, the only place where he met overwhelming suspicion as a foreigner. It does only cover London, and the way to Derby via Oxford and Birmingham, so it is unfortunate that he spent no time at all in Birmingham and has nothing to say about it.
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on 5 May 2015
A very readable account of the experiences of a visitor to England 233 years ago. The book gives fascinating detail of ordinary life and you feel you are getting a real sense of what the country was like back then at ground level. I was surprised at just how sophisticated London was and although life has changed enormously, how recognisable many things still are. An interesting account of a visit (a few visits) to the house of commons revealed a system which has hardly changed. This is an easy read and anyone with at least a passing interest in history will find this a worthwhile and entertaining read. A real gem..!
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on 23 April 2017
What a great book for social historians .Attitudes of the locals , experiences on stage coaches , tourist sites in the 18th century and the reviews of them ,places to stay and costs of said places and the meeting of local personalities ...what a great book .I wish I could have bumped into this fellow 230 odd years ago and helped him on his way
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