Friday, March 23, 2012
"The Importance of Being Earnest" by Oscar Wilde
Now that I'm finished with it, I can see why the book didn't really blurb the story. The play is so simple and yet tells or satirizes so much that it is hard to blurb it with out giving it all away. It is set in England, and revolves around two gentlemen of decent society - Algernon and Jack. There are love interests and fabricated stories and a twist at the end, and it is all so absurdly funny.
It can be tough to read a play... I know that many in the Back to the Classics Challenge are not fond of the category. Everything relies on the dialogue, and if that isn't working for you then you are pretty much out of luck. This was a great play to read, and I hope I get the chance to see it performed some day. The dialogue is quick and snappy, with no long soliloquies. There is very little stage direction, and the few characters are developed beautifully through the dialogue itself. I am so very happy that I read this!
The Importance of Being Earnest
by Oscar Wilde
Avon Books, 1976. First Published 1895
Source: Purchased New
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