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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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review 2016-11-21 00:00
The Importance of Being Earnest
The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde I can't believe I haven't read this before, ugh. I've heard of this play, of course, but I honestly didn't know anything about it before reading it, except that it was funny.

I would love to see this performed because, as amusing as it was to read, I feel like actually seeing it acted out would be even better and induce more laughs. That isn't to say that I didn't laugh while reading it, but I think there might be a few things that would have been funnier performed instead of read.

This didn't feel like something written in the 19th century, at least to me. I felt like this could have easily been something composed in the mid-20th century, or even later, possibly. I think Wilde's writing has a sort of timeless quality that I really appreciate. His wit and humor are just as relevant today as they were in his own time, and I think he deserves to be crowned the king of sass to be honest.
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review 2016-09-14 07:00
Audible sale done right.
The Importance of Being Earnest: Performance - Oscar Wilde

And I loved it.

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review 2015-10-29 00:00
The Importance of Being Earnest
The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar ... The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde This was a lot of fun! The full cast was awesome. I am really kind of surprised by how funny I thought it was.
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