What rating would you give it?
5 of 5 Stars
Give us a summary.
Oscar Wilde’s madcap farce about mistaken identities, secret engagements, and lovers entanglements still delights readers more than a century after its 1895 publication and premiere performance. The rapid-fire wit and eccentric characters of The Importance of Being Earnest have made it a mainstay of the high school curriculum for decades.
Cecily Cardew and Gwendolen Fairfax are both in love with the same mythical suitor. Jack Worthing has wooed Gewndolen as Ernest while Algernon has also posed as Ernest to win the heart of Jack’s ward, Cecily. When all four arrive at Jack’s country home on the same weekend the “rivals” to fight for Ernest s undivided attention and the “Ernests” to claim their beloveds pandemonium breaks loose. Only a senile nursemaid and an old, discarded hand-bag can save the day!
What did you think of this play?
I always knew I would enjoy this — and I’m not just saying that because it was made by Oscar Wilde, either.
Unlike some individuals who might have decided to pick up this book because of the movies that were made from it, or the numerous plays that were performed of it, I just wanted to read it because… well… because it sounded interesting.
Yup. That’s right folks! I wasn’t awe-inspired to pick up this read, or anything of the like. I just thought it would be an interesting read, and BOY DID IT NOT DISAPPOINT.
The humor was, as always, completely on-point and flawless. I found myself snickering and covering my gaping maw far too many times to count. And the subtext. Can we say READING BETWEEN THE LINES? Holy crap, people! There is so much homoerotic references and inquiries riddled throughout, it’s not even SUBTLE anymore. XD
But I won’t go into any more detail. I think this is one of those plays that need to be read/seen rather than talked about in mere words. You need to be immersed in the wit and sarcasm and humor to really get the genius of it.
So just go read it already! You won’t be disappointed. 😉
Does it count towards any reading challenges?
Sure does~ Although it was specifically read for the 2015 Play On Reading Challenge, it also fits these challenges as well:
- 2015 GoodReads Reading Challenge
- You Read How Many Books?
- 52 Books in 52 Weeks
- Read A Million Pages
- 105 Reading Challenge (Categories: 4)
Would you recommend this book?
Highly recommended! This was a bucketful of laughter. I wouldn’t miss out on a chance to read something great. Not by a long shot! So why the hell should you? Go read the thing, already!
Reviewed by AMS (amomentsilence)
|Published: August 2006 (from the 1915
Methuen & Co. Ltd. edition by David Price)
Genre & Themes: Comedy, Humor, Play,
Homoerotic Subtext, Subtext, Farce,
Politics, Sarcasm, Court Life
Reviewer: AMS (amomentsilence)
Source: Gutenberg Project. Click here.
Challenge: 2015 Good Reads Reading Challenge (19),
52 Books in 52 Weeks, You Read How Many Books?,
Read A Million Pages, 105 Reading Challenge,
2015 Play On Reading Challenge
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