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text 2019-08-25 18:00
Bout Of Books Day #6 & #7
The Plays of Oscar Wilde: Salome- The Importance of Being Ernest, Lady Windermer's Fan, A Woman of No Importance, An Ideal Husband (Modern Library, Vol. 83) - Oscar Wilde

For day 6 of Bout-of-books we were told to post a review of something we’d read this week, but I decided instead to clump it together with today’s task instead. My review will be a short one as loads of other people have already said it much better than I ever could, but here’s what I’ve got.


I loved The Importance of Being Ernest so much that I decided to read all of Oscar Wilde’s 9 plays, by today no less, but I’ll get to that later. The play is about mistaken identities and all-the-while pokes fun at the Victorian middle classes.


I enjoyed it from the start, no more than when Lady Bracknell enters the stage. In the audio-version I listened too this part was played by Judi Dench and she was a great representation of the rigidness and immovability of the Victorian middle-classes. She objects to the protagonist, Ernest, marrying her daughter as his history and lineage aren’t in keeping with what she expects.


The real fun begins when Ernest returns to his country home and his friend Algernon turns up and assumes the identity of his brother. This part was ingenious and I had much fun listening to it.


I’ve just read part of a fantastic review for it over on GR that expounds on what each portion represents and where it means to poke fun at Victorian life, so I would recommend you go there for a full dissemination. As it is, I could never do the play as much justice.


Today’s challenge, the final day or Bout-of-books is this:


Stretch Goal

It's the last day of the readathon, so today's challenge is to take a look at the goals you set for the week (if you have them) and decide a) how you can stretch yourself to complete them or b) how you can revise them so you can meet them. Because yes, you can revise your goals! If you didn't set goals for the week, set a small one for yourself today!


At the beginning of the read-a-thon I set myself the ambitious and (I now accept) ludicrous challenge of finishing *all* of the books I’m currently reading. I also thought I’d try and read all 9 of Wilde’s play’s, as well! I had to adapt this hugely! I decided to spend today reading with the goal of finishing *1* book and I’m pleased to say I managed that. I finished Fleishman Is In Trouble and I’m happy I did. I read 1 more of Wilde's play's (a far cry from all 9!), but plan to read another now. I’ve also been beta-reading a novel for someone in the US this week and read roughly half of it, so I definitely read more this week than normal. I’d call that a success. I’m really glad I participated and will do so again.


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text 2019-08-19 22:03
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays - Oscar Wilde,Richard Allen Cave

I've finished the first of my reads for bout-of-books, well, it was an audio production. Anyway, I loved the play. I haven't read Wilde's other plays, but this was the only book in the catalogue I could find to represent it. Anyway, I loved it! Bout-of-books is off to a great start.

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text 2019-08-19 17:06
Bout Of Books Day #1
The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays - Oscar Wilde,Richard Allen Cave
Fleishman Is in Trouble - Taffy Brodesser-Akner
The Secret Barrister: Stories of the Law and How It's Broken - The Secret Barrister
The Rotters' Club - Jonathan Coe

It may be a bit ambitious, but I'm hoping to finish all these books this week for Bout of Books, plus a slim guide to the workings of the economy by Yanis Varofakis that's not in the catalogue. Even if I don't finish them all a few done would be great. I was just ironing and listening to the BBC adaption of The Importance of Being Ernest (Oscar Wilde). I'm nearly finished it and it's proving fantastic, with performances from Judi Dench and Colin Firth. I'll have that finished by tonight.


The challenge today, introduce yourself in six words:


Words abound today, why not always?



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text 2014-01-09 18:52
Book signing for "The Importance of Being Earnest: The Life of Actor Jim Varney"
The Importance of Being Ernest: The Life of Actor Jim Varney (Stuff That Vern Doesn't Even Know) - Justin Lloyd

Book signing at Joseph Beth Booksellers, Lexington, KY.  


See event details on facebook event at  or Lexington events on Joseph Beth's site.



Source: www.josephbeth.com/AdultEvents.aspx
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review 2014-01-04 05:47
The Importance of Being Ernest: Or Geek Rants
The Importance of Being Ernest - Ernest Cline

An alternate title for this book could be Geek Rants. This collection of poetry is written by the same fellow who penned Ready Player One, and it is chock full of nerd and pop culture references. These are written in the slam style - there's not a lot of traditional poetic language here. Instead you get a lot of amusing anecdotes and cheeky observations. My favorite poems were Pick 6 and Curriculum Vitae, both of which focus on the conflict between seeking a more artist life and the 9 to 5 grind. Overall this is a fun and swift read. Recommended for nerdy contemporary poetry lovers.

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