Many great authors have their characters reading Rasselas, with the work featuring in:
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte; Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell; The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne; Little Women by Louisa May Alcott; and Middlemarch by George Eliot
Described by Johnson as a "philosophical romance", this masterful and hugely important work deals with happiness and the elusive quest to find it. This is a unique opportunity to listen to one of the greatest lost classics work of literature by a giant of the English language.
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David Seys gives an excellent reading of this "neglected classic" by Samuel Johnson. It's a bit like Voltaire's "Candide": a group of people, in this case an Abyssinian prince, his sister, and a couple of attendants, leave home to search for the best Choice of Life. It's chock full of philosophical discussions, written in Johnson's rolling, brilliantly precise prose. But I don't think it's much of a spoiler to say that the last chapter is titled "The Conclusion, in Which Nothing is Concluded." No grand unifying principle arises from the quest. However, the characters are finely drawn and there is much wisdom to be gleaned along the way: a pleasant few hours to spend in the company of the man sometimes called the Great Cham for his breadth of knowledge, wonderful eloquence, and emphatic opinions about everything.
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