Week 2–The Importance of Being Earnest

It’s only Monday and I’ve already finished my book for Week 2–The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde.  I realize that this is a play, and is fairly short, so I’ll do two reviews for this week, and will be a book ahead of schedule for the year–already.http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=Bibliograph07-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1451018878&fc1=F3EDED&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=040404&f=ifr

I read this for book club, and it only took me an afternoon. After several months of heavy and somber book club reading, this play was light and refreshing. It is, of course, a comedy, full of buffoonery. I love that word!  The plot is basically a jumble of multiple cases of mistaken identity and impetuous romances.  I won’t give anything away, for those who haven’t seen or read it, but suffice to say it’s funny in a clean and old-fashioned way.

I don’t believe the play was written entirely for entertainment purposes.  As with most literature, there is something that lies beneath the surface of the work. In this case, I believe it to be social satire.  Many of the funny lines take a socially accepted precept and turn it on its head.  It makes the reader (audience) pause for a moment to think.  It also bathes those socially accepted precepts in a comic light, making one realize, perhaps, how foolish they are.

It’s a short work, so this is a short post. It was a thoroughly enjoyable read. I recommend reading it. Or, if you care to see it, as was intended, I’ve heard that this movie is quite amusing.  Enjoy!


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