Oscar Wilde - The importance of being Earnest

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

ISBN: 978-1416500421

My rating: 4.5/5

Oscar Wilde's brilliant play makes fun of the English upper classes with light-hearted satire and dazzling humour. It is 1890's England and two young gentlemen are being somewhat limited with the truth. To inject some excitement into their lives, Mr Worthing invents a brother, Earnest, as an excuse to leave his dull country life behind him to pursue the object of his desire, the ravishing Gwendolyn. While across town Algernon Montecrieff decides to take the name Earnest, when visiting Worthing's young ward Cecily. The real fun and confusion begins when the two end up together and their deceptions are in danger of being revealed.  (

My thoughts

The master at work !

This is an extraordinary play which is cleverly written and, profound and beautiful. Oscar Wilde wrote this very funny yet profound play reflecting on status, wealth and marriage in the aristocracy of that time.

It's fun to read and I can only recommend it!