Karl Philipp Moritz
Author: Karl Philipp Moritz
Title: Reisen eines Deutschen in England im Jahre 1782 [Journeys of a German in England in 1782] Time: 1782
Length: about 2 months
Type: mostly walking
Short and good
The story: KPM follows his „most fervent wish“ and embarks on a two month journey around England – mostly on foot. He spends quite a bit of time in London, then visits Richmond, Windsor, Oxford, Castleton and Northhampton.
Karl Philipp Moritz is surprisingly modern
This little book is a very pleasant read. Both KPM’s language and his way of thinking seem surprisingly modern, especially when he is talking about what he sees on the road. He walks from one settlement to the other, stays in little inns, goes for a swim in the Thames, visits a cave, and makes it feel like we are there with him, in the sunny countryside of England, in the year 1782.
I have one critical remark though: the text, though short as it is, gets a bit too wordy when KPM is talking about London, and especially about the Parliament. I would have liked more stuff from the road instead. Nevertheless, this one is a gem, and I highly recommend reading it.
A clear 8 out of 10.