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by J. P. Hardy,Samuel Johnson

Rasselas--regarded as Johnson's most creative work--presents the story of the journey of Rasselas and his companions in search of "the choice of life." Its charm lies not in its plot, but rather in its wise and humane look at man's constant search for happiness. The text is based on the second edition as Samuel Johnson revised it.
Download The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia (The World's Classics) epub
ISBN: 0192817787
ISBN13: 978-0192817785
Category: Literature
Subcategory: History & Criticism
Author: J. P. Hardy,Samuel Johnson
Language: English
Publisher: Oxford University Press (January 12, 1989)
Pages: 216 pages
ePUB size: 1561 kb
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Rating: 4.3
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Dr. Samuel Johnson wrote this book nearly 250 years ago, and the short, thoughtful text is an important read for the Western reader. Bringing elements of Buddhist thought, and evoking images of Icarus and Deadalus, Plato, Cervantes, and others; Johnson's protagonist, Rasselas, and his retinue explore the meaning of life, death, marriage, children, learning, action versus inaction and many other topics in 100 short pages. Almost too dense in message to absorb, yet superficialy easy to read, Johnson's work will get the reader thinking about life's toughest question - can one truly be happy?
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I really enjoyed this novel. We used it as one of the novels for my 18th century literature course. It is short, more of a novella really. Love the moral about happiness. Something I would have wanted to read even if it wasn't required.
Johnson's crystalline style is the first thing you note about this splendid book. He writes as if he's cutting the letters on fine glass. But the delightful oddity of the book is its plot. It is full of dashing adventure that alternates with lovely meditative sections. I've never read anything like it, and I'm pretty sure I won't again.
This classic work is more than 250 years old, but is easily accessible and readable today.

It's a philosophical work, a discourse between a prince, a princess, a wise teacher, and people representing the various segments of society. Rasselas seeks happiness and fulfillment. All he discovers is that each person is discontent with their own life, and wishes they took a different path. Rasselas is arguably in the best position of any of them, and yet does not appreciate it.

Consider it a series of short essays, each where a thief, a farmer, a rich merchant, a king, and so on expounds upon what they hoped to get from their life, and why it isn't ideal.

It's as entertaining to read as a collection of essays (not my cup of tea), and for me with decades of adult life under my belt, held little in the way of surprises and insight. Read it as a necessary work of earlier light philosophy, perhaps, but I don't believe there'll be answers or surprises here for anyone over 30.
The tale of Resselas a Prince raised in isolation and his study and critiques of human relations from government to marriage
May be a slow read, but I was amazed at each paragraph... Tons of wisdom for any age. Recommendation to a teenage boy unfortunately did not meet with much enthusiasm. Witty, very wise, written by a great personality of his time.
Great book by a great man. A secular compliment to Ecclesiastes. Happiness is not in things or position or power. Happiness is found more in the seeking and achieving than in the achieved. Most of all happiness is to be found outside of ourselves. Lessons for life in any era.
It is a hard book to read but it is filled with so much wisdom that if you struggle through it a couple of times it is very enlightening. Look up the Megayacht "Rasselas" and see how it inspired the owner.