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Edinburgh Picturesque Notes

Robert Louis Stevenson

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .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

Community Reviews

Fantastic book for me! Why because Edinburgh is, by far,my most favorite city. So, the words jumped off the pages. I loved it.

Others might struggle.

Very good!

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 seas

3 e ½*
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

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