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The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia-logo

The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia

Samuel Johnson

Rasselas and his companions escape the pleasures of the "happy valley" in order to make their "choice of life." By witnessing the misfortunes and miseries of others they come to understand the nature of happiness, and value it more highly. Their travels and enquiries raise important practical and philosophical questions concerning many aspects of the human condition, including the business of a poet, the stability of reason, the immortality of the soul, and how to find contentment. Johnson's adaptation of the popular oriental tale displays his usual wit and perceptiveness; skeptical and probing, his tale nevertheless suggests that wisdom and self-knowledge need not be entirely beyond reach.

Rasselas and his companions escape the pleasures of the "happy valley" in order to make their "choice of life." By witnessing the misfortunes and miseries of others they come to understand the nature of happiness, and value it more highly. Their travels and enquiries raise important practical and philosophical questions concerning many aspects of the human condition, including the business of a poet, the stability of reason, the immortality of the soul, and how to find contentment. Johnson's adaptation of the popular oriental tale displays his usual wit and perceptiveness; skeptical and probing, his tale nevertheless suggests that wisdom and self-knowledge need not be entirely beyond reach.
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Genres:

Classics

Description:

Rasselas and his companions escape the pleasures of the "happy valley" in order to make their "choice of life." By witnessing the misfortunes and miseries of others they come to understand the nature of happiness, and value it more highly. Their travels and enquiries raise important practical and philosophical questions concerning many aspects of the human condition, including the business of a poet, the stability of reason, the immortality of the soul, and how to find contentment. Johnson's adaptation of the popular oriental tale displays his usual wit and perceptiveness; skeptical and probing, his tale nevertheless suggests that wisdom and self-knowledge need not be entirely beyond reach.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Steven Crossley

Length:

4h 35m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

03:15


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:11


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:07


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:59


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:59


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

02:56


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:50


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

02:55


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:43


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:05


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:26


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:38


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

10:08


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:57


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

02:58


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:59


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:16


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:18


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:12


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

02:32


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:38


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:58


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:52


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

01:58


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

02:52


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:21


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:16


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:56


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:04


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:49


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:10


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:42


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:01


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

02:21


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:01


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:56


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

02:20


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:21


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

09:01


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

11:48


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:36


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

02:37


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:59


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:14


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:43


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:28


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

11:48


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:56


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

08:30


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

02:27


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

00:28