The Importance of Being Ernest by Oscar Wilde

Importance of being ernest.jpgThe Importance of Being Ernest is one of my Classics Club books (details here – don’t be alarmed by all the blanks in my list – it’s currently undergoing a little revamp!)  I started the Classics Club some time ago and so far I’ve completed 10 books off my list – okay this may not be a stirling achievement but slowly and certainly I will get through this list.  I’m in the process of revising this at the moment as I would like some Agatha Christie on there.

Moving on to TIoBE.

I’ve seen an adaptation of this but to be honest I couldn’t really remember the plot so it was lovely to pick up the book.  This is a very good read, very witty and equally silly.  For those of you out there that want to read more classics but don’t want to be bogged down with flowery descriptions and great big chunky books this could be just for you.  To say this play has aged well is something of an understatement.  Originally published in 1895 it feels almost like a contemporary novel – I put this down to the fact that it’s a play and although the language is a little more old fashioned there aren’t lots of descriptions that would age it.

The plotline revolves around a double case of mistaken identify.  A love story that almost ends in disaster but don’t dismiss this as romantic chick lit.  It has much more about it than that and in fact makes a few statements, even in a decidedly amusing way!  A look at family, social standing, hypocrisy, love and selfishness!

A short story, easy to read in one sitting but utterly charming and full of memorable quotes that you will have undoubtedly heard of in everyday passing.

 

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