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A Tour Through the Whole Island of Great Britain
A Tour through the Whole Island of Great Britain was first published in three volumes between 1724 and 1726. This edition follows the text of the illustrated, abridged edition first published by Yale University Press in 1991, with minor emendations.
Hardcover, Folio Society Edition, 524 pages
Published 2006 by Folio Society
(first published 1724)
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Jul 28, 2011 Shovelmonkey1 rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Recommends it for: armchair time travellers, historians and Defoe fans
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: a necessity read for work
Let's pause for a second and consider the concept of the gap year. That glorious 12 month sojourn away from home before you return to the damp British shoreline to commence a university education (one senses that in the light of tuition fee hikes and fuel price rises that gap years and university educations are probably soon to disappear from the societal radar, however that is another matter). So what do you do on a gap year? Sign up for some travel mixed with a worthwhile and possibly altruist ...more
Oct 05, 2014 Catherine rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Pat Rogers calls this text the "true English epic," and for good reason. Defoe's tours, or circuits, throughout Great Britain, provide a fascinating micro- and macrocosm of Great Britain in the early eighteenth century, and are still referred to by scholars as an accurate representation of the economic, geographic, and social features of the time. Don't pick this up expecting a novel or a solid plot; however, don't expect simple dry analysis, either. Again, to borrow Rogers words, he "hit on the ...more
Oct 30, 2011 Lexxie (un)Conventional Bookviews rated it liked it · review of another edition
This is a book I probably wouldn't have finished if I didn't have to read it for class! It was very long, tedious and repetitive. I thought 'On the Road in 18th century Britain' was going to be a fun class :(
Daniel Defoe (1659/1661 [?] - 1731) was an English writer, journalist, and spy, who gained enduring fame for his novel, Robinson Crusoe. Defoe is notable for being one of the earliest practitioners of the novel and helped popularize the genre in Britain. In some texts he is even referred to as one of the founders, if not the founder, of the English novel. A prolific and versatile writer, he wrote ...moreMore about Daniel Defoe...