As much as I love my course it doesn’t normally churn up books on the reading list that I would willingly read again, but as a wonderful change this week it did just that! Rasselas by Samuel Johnson wouldn’t normally be something that I would turn to, as surprising or not, even English Literature students don’t generally look to the classic writers for a pleasurable read. That being said, I actually found Rasselas quite compelling and incredibly thought-provoking and as it is only 100 pages long (compared to the usual 400 page books that I have to read) I sped through it incredibly fast.
The story does have that ‘fairytale’ feel about it, with its Princes and adventures, but beneath that there is actually a breadth of insightful comments about life and its meaning. It definitely raised questions that I hadn’t really considered beforehand and it really made me question what is truly important in life. And overall having a mix of adventure and meaning was definitely something that I enjoyed as it made it both pleasurable and insightful to read! But above all else it is perhaps most important to note that despite Rasselas being an 18th century novel the language is incredibly easy to get through and really doesn’t differ that much from a modern day read, so don’t let that put you off adding it to your reading list!