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Edinburgh Picturesque Notes

Robert Louis Stevenson

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. . .And although nothing could be more glaring by way of contrast, sometimes the opposition is more immediate; sometimes the thing lies in a nutshell, and there is not so much as a blade of grass between the rich and poor.  To look over the South Bridge and see the Cowgate below full of crying hawkers, is to view one rank of society from another in the twinkling of an eye.

One night I went along the Cowgate after every one was a-bed but the policeman, and stopped by hazard before a tall land.  The moon touched upon its chimneys, and shone blankly on the upper windows; there was no light anywhere in the great bulk of building; but as I stood there it seemed to me that I could hear quite a body of quiet sounds from the interior; doubtless there were many clocks ticking, and people snoring on their backs.  And thus, as I fancied, the dense life within made itself faintly audible in my ears, family after family contributing its quota to the general hum, an. . . Read More

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Published in 1878 'Edinburgh Picturesque' is a series of essays describing different areas of Edinburgh: the Old Town, the Parliament Close, Greyfriar’s Kirkyard, the New Town, the villas in Morningside, Calton Hill and the Pentlands.

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How can you not enjoy these anecdotes and essays on Edinburgh by Robert Louis Stevenson? The ancient metropolis comes alive with the author's wanderings around his hometown circa late 1870s. Filled with stories of the famous and common folk of the age. Stevenson also marks the the change in the s...more

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3.5

This was interesting to read after recently visiting Edinburgh, however I felt that some parts dragged on a bit too long.

This is amusing and still relevant for anyone visiting Edinburgh.
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У свої 18 я майже випадково потрапила в Единбург на літню школу письменницької майстерності. Це була моя перша довга самостійна поїздка, я лишилася від Единбурга в істеричному захваті, він як вигаданий, геть казковий: жила під горою “Престол Короля Артура” й так орієнтувалася містом – ближче до г...more

Un piccolo e piacevole libro di Stevenson, che ci porta a spasso nell'Edinburgo di fine ottocento mostrandoci le sue attrazioni, raccontandoci la vita nella capitale scozzese e narrandoci la sua storia, con un occhio al presente e un occhio al passato.
La città vecchia e la città nuova, il D...more

Di solito, prima di partire per un nuovo viaggio si compra la guida Lonely Planet in libreria.
Perchè invece non farsi guidare dalle parole di Robert Louis Stevenson per scoprire Edimburgo?!?

3 e *
Ritorno a Stevenson, alla sua scrittura intimista, calda, confortante ed entusiasta, stavolta con uno fra i titoli meno conosciuti: Edimburgo. Note pittoresche, edito da Ibis. [NdR: pare che una seconda traduzione italiana di Edinburgh: Picturesque Notes sia stata edita anche da Elliot con il titolo Edimbur...[

An early example of RLS' work, and as the title suggests simply a collection of notes and impressions of Edinburgh and its immediate surrounds. It's entertaining though. RLS is a keen observer and he deploys a sardonic sense of humour when discussing items like the city's climate and some of the...more

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