Review: The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book 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!
 

Book Review:
One more of those treasures I discovered on Serial Reader. I absolutely adored this script and I wonder why I never read this before.
I mean, I love Oscar Wilde. It is a surprise to me why I have not even come across this. But, that was corrected by Serial Reader and I am grateful. To be completely honest, I do not read scripts very often. I did in school - Shakespeare, et al; but fell out of practice a long time ago. I really enjoyed this, however, and I definitely would like to read more scripts.
I love Comedy-of-Errors type of works and this falls squarely in that category. It shows the social conventions of Victorian England - too stuck up for Oscar Wilde, who proceeded to satirise it in multiple written works. He has a knack for making each sentence utterly quotable, something that is applicable even today.
When you read Oscar Wilde, you must take time to savor the work. It is always well written. This is kind of a short play, and those satirical lines provide sharp insights into human nature, reactions, and character traits.
A lovely script. Recommended reading.

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