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The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia (Penguin Classics)

The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia (Penguin Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Samuel Johnson , Paul Goring
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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"The globalization of literary studies has produced fascinating insights into the cultural interactions between Europe and the East, and Europe and the Americas during the eighteenth century. Jessica Richard's enterprising edition of Johnson's Rasselas brings out the global interests of this popular tale by placing it firmly in the context of enlightenment Orientalism. It highlights Johnson's cosmopolitan universalism, for while embracing cultural difference he reverses the Oriental gaze, and uses the conventions of the Oriental tale to historicize his exploration of human desire and happiness. This new Broadview edition offers an excellent introduction to Johnson's global status."--Greg Clingham

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Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia, leaves the easy life of the Happy Valley, accompanied by his sister Nekayah, her attendant Pekuah, and the much-travelled philosopher Imlac. Their journey takes them to Egypt, where they study the various conditions of men's lives, before returning home in a 'conclusion in which nothing is concluded'. Johnson's tale is not only a satire on optimism, but also an expression of truth about the human mind and its infinite capacity for hope.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1134 KB
  • Print Length: 217 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (27 Sept. 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI98W4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #257,405 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book about the search for happiness 17 April 2001
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This book describes the journey an imaginery prince and his sister, embark upon in the search of happiness. Framed as a fairy tale, the book nonetheless deals with issues that are relevant to anyone at any age, questions that touch upon the very essence of our existence. Written in the 18th century, the language is first class, and enjoyable. Highly recommended!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wisdom. 10 Jun. 2007
This is easily one of the most relevant 18th century stories I have ever read. Johnson has mastered the English language and his style is direct and thoughtful. The lesson this book teaches makes it invaluable to anyone - it is one of those books you have to read, whether you end up liking it or not.
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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Histoyr of Rasselas 22 Dec. 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Well worth reading even though few, sadly, will consider it today yet it is completely up to date in the story.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sorry 13 Mar. 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
In my opinion, there is just too much nothing going on in this book; the story is not very interesting and it doesn't have much action.
I have recently decided never to not recommend a book ever again because, quite frankly, what I may dislike might be a book you would thoroughly enjoy and viceversa. So, take a chance on it if you think you might enjoy the topic.
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