- Series: Oxford World's Classics
- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; Reprint edition (June 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 019922997X
- ISBN-13: 978-0199229970
- Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.6 x 5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 29 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia (Oxford World's Classics) Reprint Edition
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About the Author
Thomas Keymer is Chancellor Jackman Professor of English at the University of Toronto. He co-edited The Cambridge Companion to English Literature from 1740 to 1830.
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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.