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The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia by Samuel Johnson
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Nov 17, 2009

it was ok
bookshelves: fiction, english-literature
Read in December, 2009

Didactic, but this is not a bad quality, especially when the teaching is wise and good. The teaching in Rasselas is good because it shows that joy cannot be found in this life.

But the teaching is also bad for this very reason because joy can be found in this world, but not from this world. Joy is found in Christ alone. The source of joy is in living for the glory of God, who is Jesus Christ the very image of God. Rasselas, though knowing of God, never seems to find the joy that is found in God, in Christ, that can be obtained in this world (though admittedly not to its full extent because of evil), but not from the world.

In the end Rasselas is right to find that joy will not be complete until evil is wiped out. Sin and death, their doom having already been sealed, still subsist until Christ returns to complete what was begun at the cross.

The book is good, but the story is definitely found subordinate to the author's message, and since the message is not all that wonderful the book suffers for it.
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Mark Lilly You're 31 and you are still in the shadow of the supernatural child abusing homophobic hate culture which is religion! FFS! No wonder you're learning Nepali.

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