History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia

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Booksurge Llc, Jan 1, 2006 - Fiction - 236 pages
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I fly from pleasure, said the prince, because pleasure has ceased to please; I am lonely because I am miserable, and am unwilling to cloud with my presence the happiness of others. "You, Sir, said the sage, are the first who has complained of misery in the happy valley. I hope to convince you that your complaints have no real cause. You are here in full possession of all that the emperour of Abissinia can bestow; here is neither labour to be endured nor danger to be dreaded.

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What an absolutely delightful, elegant, dainty and sober piece of writing, which Johnson reputedly wrote in only a week to pay for his mother's funeral! The setting is charming. The protagonist is a ... Read full review

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I am a great admirer of Dr. Johnson, and I have been wanting to read Rasselas for a long time, but I found it a huge disappointment. He should have stuck with non-fiction. This book is a philosophical ... Read full review

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