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Review: The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia

User Review  - Jonathan Widell - Goodreads

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

Review: The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia

User Review  - Rdt - Goodreads

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

Review: The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia

User Review  - Stephen Brooke - Goodreads

If 'Rasselas' actually had a plot, I would be inclined to give it a full five stars. Aside from that – and the fact that it ends a little too abruptly – it is just the sort of book I love. Johnson's ... Read full review

Review: The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia

User Review  - Wayne - Goodreads

If you think this is too ,too old hat for you then perhaps the fact that Jane Austen was a BIG fan may break down your prejudices. And pride? She loved and inherited Johnson's neoclassical balance of ... Read full review

Review: The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia

User Review  - Forester McClatchey - Goodreads

A favorite. He wrote it in a week. Read full review

Review: The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia

User Review  - Joana Valadez - Goodreads

In the book The Rasselas by Samuel Johnson the prince was born in Abyssinianis. In a castle. that is very well protected. He is in prison and can't leave the castle. He was rich and had everything ... Read full review

Review: The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia

User Review  - Vanessa Braganza - Goodreads

On the one hand, this book's promise to evolve into an Oriental adventure tale totally fizzles out. On the other, its reflections on happiness and the insatiable hunger of human imagination are unparalleled. Read full review

Review: The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia

User Review  - Kirsty Grant - Goodreads

This is by far one of the best books I have ever read. It is a philosophical novel about happiness and choice. It satirists the philosophical issues in the 18th century such as optimism and pessimism ... Read full review

Review: The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia

User Review  - Rebecca - Goodreads

To be perfectly honest, I have no idea why I love this book. I just do. Read full review

Review: The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia

User Review  - Peter Mottola - Goodreads

A delightful series of philosophical reflections on the question of which state of life is the happiest and best (spoiler alert: the last chapter is titled "The Conclusion, in which nothing is ... Read full review

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