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text 2018-11-24 07:43
24 Tasks of the Festive Season - Day 9 / Task 1 - Thanksgiving
The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays - Oscar Wilde
Bad Blood: Secret and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup - John Carreyrou
The Black Echo - Michael Connelly

Task 1: List the 3 books you’ve read this year you’re most “thankful” for (your favs) or the one book you’ve ever read that changed your life for the better.


I´m going with the most "thankful" part of this task. These books might not be my five star reads of the year, but they are the books that I´m most happy about having read this year.


  1. The Importance of Being Earnest because it is an utterly delightful play and it brought absolute joy into my life while reading it.
  2. Bad Blood: Secret and Lies in a Silicon Valley Start-Up because it taught me never to trust a blond woman with blue eyes, who tries to stare me down and talks to me in a deep fake voice. This book has been utterly fascinating and it has shown me once again that most people are morons, who just want to believe what they want to believe at any giving moment.
  3. The Black Echo because this book has been my introduction into the world of Harry Bosch. I´m really looking forward to read more of this series.


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review 2018-11-17 06:32
The Importance of Being Earnest
The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays - Oscar Wilde

It´s a short play, so I`m not going to give a synopsis of the book. Besides, the story is completely bonkers and I wouldn´t even know where to begin in explaining the plot.


However, what  I´m going to tell you is that this play is utterly delightful. The dialogue is amazing, Lady Bracknell is a hoot (as are the other characters) and I loved every single page of it.


I´ve read The Importance of Being Earnest for the Festivus square (read any comedy, parody or satire) and it´s been a perfect read for this square.

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text 2018-11-16 19:54
Reading progress update: I've read 16 out of 370 pages.
The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays - Oscar Wilde

GWENDOLEN: [...] The moment Algernon first mentioned that he had a friend called Ernest, I knew I was destined to love you.

JACK: You really love me, Gwendolen?

GWENDOLEN: Passionately!

JACK: Darling! You don´t know how happy you´ve made me.

GWENDOLEN: My own Ernest!

JACK: But you don´t really mean to say that you couldn´t love me if my name wasn´t Ernest?

GWENDOLEN: But your name is Ernest.

JACK: Yes, I know it is. But supposing it was something else? Do you mean you couldn´t love me then?

GWENDOLEN (glibly): Ah! that is clearly a metaphysical speculation, and like most metaphysical speculations has very little reference at all to the actual facts of real life, as we know them.

JACK: Personally, darling, to speak quite candidly, I don´t care much about the name of Ernest ... I don´t think the name suits me at all.

GWENDOLEN: It suits you perfectly. It´s a divine name. It has a music of its own. It produces vibrations. 

JACK: Well, really, Gwendolen, I must say that I think there are lots of other much nicer names . I think Jack, for instance, a charming name.

GWENDOLEN: Jack? ... No, there is very little music in the name of Jack, if any at all, indeed. It does not thrill. It produces absolutely no vibrations ... [...]


Oh boy, poor Jack ;). This is brilliant.


I´m reading The Importance of Being Earnest for the Festivus square.

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review 2018-01-19 16:47
Didn't get the word play of the title until I was writing out my notes
The Importance of Being Earnest: A Trivial Comedy for Serious People - Oscar Wilde

After what feels like a millennium, I have read The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde and I totally get the hype now. Oscar Wilde's play focuses on two men who independently of the other have invented alternate personas that allow them to cut loose without (hopefully) any repercussions. One of the men has created Ernest who is by all rights a scoundrel and his creator has finally decided to do away with him so that he can settle down and get married. The problem is that his friend (the other deceitful man) has decided to take on the mantle of Ernest so that he can win the heart of a girl that he's just met. (I recommend reading this in one sitting because otherwise you're liable to get confused.) Wilde uses word play and absolutely ridiculous circumstances to discuss the folly of youth and poke fun at the whims and fancies of people who believe they are really truly in love even if they don't truly know the other person. For instance, the two women of the play are determined that they will only marry someone named Ernest but as it turns out no one is named Ernest there is a bit of a kerfuffle. After all is said and done, no one comes out on top and everyone is depicted as foolish and unimpressive. It was thoroughly amusing and I guess now I'll have to see the movie that was based on it. :-P If you haven't read it yourself and you'd like a quick, fun read this will do just the trick. 9/10


And yes the title of this post is true. I was staring at the book's title and then it hit me: "Oh because it's about two men proclaiming to be Ernest and they do it will all earnestness."  *facepalm* 


What's Up Next: The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson


What I'm Currently Reading: The Portable Nineteenth-Century African American Women Writers


Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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review 2017-09-09 04:59
Rapid fire farse
The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde

About every-other line is a quotable observation, a stab at societal mores, a joke, or all of the above. Algernon's being the most egregious. Prime case would be


The truth is rarely pure and never simple.


I had fun, and I reckon the rising level of ridiculous would be even better watching it performed.

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