Author: Oscar Wilde
Publish Date: 1895
Why You're Reading This Book:
- You're a fiction fan.
- You're a classic fan
- You like satires.
- You like a funny read.
From Goodreads.com: "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."
My Two Cents:
Before I read The Importance of Being Earnest, I did not realize it was a play. This was my first bout with Oscar Wilde but now I know that it will not be the last! This is a short play but it's very witty and funny.
Wilde's sense of humor is definitely on display throughout the entire play. This man knew how to write a good, zippy line. There were definitely a couple that had me laughing. To me, Cecily had some of the funniest lines. You can see why so many people still really enjoy Wilde's writing today. His writing definitely transcends his time.
I also loved the satire in the book. No one is immune from Wilde's jabs. He makes light of society manners. Men, women, everyone is fair game.
The storyline is pretty simple. It's about deception: known and unknown. Why do we deceive each other? What are we trying to do? What are there ulterior motives? Do there always need to be ulterior motives? This play explores all this and more!
This play is a classic but I think that it's still definitely something that the modern reader can read and enjoy because of the universal themes.
Bottom line: This is a classic for a reason!