The Importance of Being Earnest – Oscar Wilde

23173180Title: The Importance of Being Earnest
 
Author: Oscar Wilde (performed by L.A. Theatre Works)
 
Genre: Comedy (Play)
 
Series: n/a
 
Goodreads Rating: 4.17/5
 
 

Synopsis: 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.

Cecily Cardew and Gwendolen Fairfax are both in love with the same mythical suitor. Jack Worthing has wooed Gwendolen as Ernest while Algernon has also posed as Ernest to win the heart of Jack’s ward, Cecily. When all four arrive at Jack’s country home on the same weekend, the girls to fight for Ernest’s undivided attention and the “Ernests” to claim their beloveds, pandemonium breaks loose.

Only a nursemaid and an old, discarded hand-bag can save the day!

 
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What I thought about the book: I listened to a recording of this performed by L.A. Theatre Works while reading along with a download of the play from Project Gutenberg.
This is probably my favourite story by Wilde. It’s so funny and silly! I would really love to go see the play performed.
It’s the kind of story I would like to keep with me and read again and again whenever I’m feeling down.
 
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My Rating:
5 paws
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