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The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia (Penguin Classics) by [Johnson, Samuel]
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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

About the Author

Dr Saumuel Johnson was born on 18 September 1709. He was one of England's greatest literary figures: a poet, essayist, biographer, lexicographer and often considered the finest critic of English Literature. Best known for his Dictionary (1755), Johnson also wrote essays for The Rambler (1750-1752) and The Idler (1758-1760). He achieved a feat of English criticism in Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets (1781). He died on 13 December 1784.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 860 KB
  • Print Length: 217 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 014143970X
  • 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: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #91,767 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Quite slim book that proved quite easy to read and understand. Amusing in parts, shallow in others, and deeply interesing occasionally. I didn't care too much for the hero, a little more for his sister, and I sympathized with their plight. The conclusion disappointed me, however, as unneccessarily pessimistic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 1 April 2013
By Ivan - Published on Amazon.com
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Just what I needed to get through school. It's a really well thought out in it's ideas. It's a parable which explains why it's has a bit of an underwhelming finale, therefore it shouldn't be confused with an average narrative story/novel. It has an overall meaningful message signaling the beginnings of the Neoclassical era.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It was alright 2 April 2014
By A. Meyer - Published on Amazon.com
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Although this was an interesting book I did have many times where I simply drifted into other pursuits and left the book just sitting there. The story is about a prince and his companions who are determined to find out the way of life and what is the best for them. In the beginning the prince pines to know the outside world and all its woes because he was stuck in a world where pleasure was the only thing he knew. Once they are on their way they discover time and time again that no matter what, whether it was the philosopher, or the hermit, or the isolated scientist, it didn't matter, they all felt that their life was pursued pointlessly and wished for something else.
This is something perhaps all young people should read (if they can keep their attention on it long enough), since it does hammer home the old saying the grass is always greener on the other side, and that sayings futility. One must learn to balance life with purpose and knowledge that when you grasp for one thing you inevitably end up losing another which you had. It is much like choosing paths, once chosen the others close up and regret is perhaps all you may have left after that unless you are given to a higher purpose.
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