Very (Very) Short Book Review: The Importance of Being Earnest

Short review for a short story. Here we go.
Bloody brilliant.
That’s really all that I can say about this quick and utterly enjoyable play. Oscar Wilde at his finest.
I’m not usually the type of person to readily enjoy the sort of romantic-comedy stories that dominate our society, but this one was really special. It was fun, swift, and had enough of a gray area at times that it was pretty easy to know the direction of the plot but mysterious enough to keep reading through.
Basic plot;
  1. Guy wants to marry woman. Woman won’t accept marrying a man with his name.
  2. Another guy wants to marry sister of other man, she won’t marry him because of his name.
  3. Men go about to changing their names through buffoonery and hilarious moments.
  4. Women find out about this, are less than happy.
  5. Guy 1 loses all hope until he finds out that his actual name is Earnest (the name that he had falsely assigned to himself to trick the woman he was trying to court).
  6. Everything is happy ever after. I’m imagining that they laughed the night away with a few Guinness’ or Irish Whiskey’s.
Oscar Wilde was a brilliant writer through and through. His puns and witty remarks are superbly delectable in this 74-or so page play. I’d also like to say that this is one of the view plays that I’ve liked where I never formed any sort of concrete emotional connection with either of the main characters. All of them operated on an equal level, a plane that was cruel yet hilarious at the same time.
I read this in under an hour, so if you’re looking for high-quality yet easy to read ‘classic’ literature in a small time span, this is a good place to start.
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2 thoughts on “Very (Very) Short Book Review: The Importance of Being Earnest

  1. It’s even more fun to see this play performed. Well, some of Wilde’s banter is rather quick so it can help to have read the play first.
    I once saw a production of The Importance Of Being Earnest at the La Jolla Playhouse, and it was fantastic fun!
    Thanks for the review.
    Vincent

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