Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Importance of being Earnest - Oscar Wilde


Its really long time I get in to reading...Now here I'm back to tell you about my recently read book,The Importance of being Earnest by Oscar Wilde.After "The picture of Dorian Gray" ,this is my second book from the author,Hence I was prepared to taste one more serious psycological delight but you know what,it gave me an entirely different experience.Neither the traces of bitter  truths of life nor any deep insights in to mind,its a great entertainer indeed..:-)

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The funny play revolves around the four characters Jack,Algernon,Gwendolen and Cecily..A young man  from country side named Mr.Jack Worthing loves Gwendolen,a nephew of Algernon who lives in London..Jack pretend to have a brother in London with a fake name Earnest and often visits London to meet Miss.Gwendolen..In that way he is known as Mr.Earnest in the London society..Gwendolen has a severe passion for the name "Earnest" and she loves him only for that silly reason..On finding out the truth about Jack, Algernon leaves to Jack's place in the country side,with the same name Earnest,and there he succeeds in gaining the affections of Cecily towards him..Cecily is Jack's ward..Gwendolen's mother(Aunt August) won't give her consent to their wedding as Jack is an orphan found in a handbag in a cloak room of a railway station..And here are the two obstacles,first one is Gwendolen's and Cecily's wish to marry the person named, only Earnest and second one is the birth of Jack..So the remaining story is all about how the two couples crossed these obstacles to make their dreams come true..:-)


Here are few lines from the book..:-)

I have always been of opinion that a man who desires to get married should know either everything or nothing.

All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his.

I am sick to death of cleverness. Everybody is clever nowadays. You can't go anywhere without meeting clever people. The thing  has become an absolute public nuisance. I wish to goodness we had a few fools left.

The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what Fiction means.

It is very vulgar to talk about one's business. Only people like stock-brokers do that, and then merely at dinner parties.

Never speak disrespectfully of Society, Algernon. Only people who can't get into it do that.

I really enjoyed the conversations between Algernon and Cecily...They are very very funny..Algernon is very clever and Cecily is very childish and stupid girl..:-) I'm unable to understand why most of the clever guys like stupid girls !!! When I asked some buddy,the same,she simply replied  ""Its because they are clever"""...:-))) Strange but true...:-)
The play is really awesome,I felt very refreshing after completing..Happy reading..Have a nice time and enjoy..:-)


38 comments:

Ash said...

This is a lovely story.... i remember taking part in a play on this in school :)

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

Hi Ash,
Yeah its a sweet story..Liked it a lot..:-)

Rajesh said...

I like those lines from the book.

Mani Kumar said...

Thanks for the review. Im soon gonna read it :)

C. Suresh said...

The stand-out dialogue in this play for me was the reply to "I have lost both my parents" - "To lose one may be termed a misfortune; to lose both seems to me like sheer carelessness"

Me said...

As always a lovely review!

Found In Folsom said...

Pedda book aa idi? ento ee blogging start chesaka, ee yr okka book finish cheyaledu andi..techinavi techinatlu renewal dates and times ayyipoyi return kooda chestunna :( I liked that statement. All girls become like their mothers.... :)

panchalibolchi said...

That's a brilliant review.
Read parts of it in school days curriculum---now after reading this review, I really really want to read it...
Thanks for reminding me :))

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ Rajesh,
Thank you so much..:-) Wilde's wit is always awesome..:-)

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ Mani Kumar,
Thank you so much..I'm sure you are going to enjoy it..:-)

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ C.Suresh,
Yeah thats one of my favourite dialogue too..:-)Aunt August's questioning part is really wow..:-)

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ Privy trifles,
Thank you so much yaar..:-)

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ Found in Folsom,
Kadhandee its very small book..Popularity ni batti chaalaa pedda book anukunnanu nenu..meeru easy ga one day lo complete cheyyochhu...:-)mundhu great expectations start chesaa but mundhuku velladame ledhu...adhi prakkana padesi idhi pattukunna..

Yeah almost naadhi koodaa ade paristhithi,meeru chusthe nenu chesina book postulu emi levu ee madhya lo..:-)andhuke buddhigaa blogging prakkana petti malli chadavadam start chesaa..:-)adannamaata :-))

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ Panchali Ji,
Yeah it is really funny play..Wilde dealt the marriage system in England in a hilarious way..:-)Certainly his way of narration is a wonderful part..:-)

Ghazala Hossain said...

I am sick to death of cleverness. Everybody is clever nowadays. You can't go anywhere without meeting clever people. The thing has become an absolute public nuisance. I wish to goodness we had a few fools left.

LOL, loved these lines :)

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ Ghazala,
ha..ha.Yaa I think these lines are more applicable now a days..:-)))

CYNOSURE said...

loved those lines...nice review... :)

shovonc said...

Thanks for this. Had forgotten how brilliant Oscar Wilde was.

jaish_vats said...

Hi Nagini

Nice review. Loved the lines on cleverness and about cleaver guys falling for stupid girls lol!

Sudhagee said...

The Importance of Being Earnest is one of my favourite plays and is a reading it is a great stress buster. Have you seen the film adaptations of this play? They are freely available on YouTube.

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ Cynosure & @ Shovonc,
Thank you so much for dropping by..:-)

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ Jaish,
Thank you so much buddy..I'm glad, you liked the post...:-)

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ Sudhajee,
Thanks a lot for stopping by..:-) Nope,I haven't seen the play yet..Now as I finished reading the book,I will see.Thanks again...:-)

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Bhavana said...

Oscar Wilde is simply brilliant in his tongue-in-cheek satire! Thank you for reminding me of some of the lines!:)
But you could have shared some more--I dont have time to read it again (lazy me!)

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ Bhavana,
Thanks Bhavana for your sweet comment..:-) ha.ha..Its always tough job to choose only few lines from Oscar Wilde's,if I have to do so I will copy whole book here..:-)))Thanks yaar..:-)

Bikramjit said...

loved the line "All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his"

so true ..


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Raj said...

This sounds like a wonderful read. Seems a very cute and lovely story! Thanks for bringing it to my attention. Now I must read this one. Beautifully reviewed. :)

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ Bikramjit,
:-) Thanks a lot for dropping by..:-)

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ Raj,
Yeah certainly a wonderful read..:-)I'm sure you are going to like it..:-)

TTT said...

"Don't talk to me about the weather, When people talk to me about the weather I feel quite certain that they mean something else. And that makes me so nervous." I don't remember the exact lines but I guess this is also from the same ... I love using these lines when ppl talk about weather... loved the review !

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ TTT,
ha.ha..Yeah..Those are really awesome lines..Really Wilde is ultimate genius..:-)Thanks a lot for the lovely comment..:-)

Sujata said...

చాలా బావుంది మీ రివ్యూ. దీని ఆధారంగా తెలుగు లో ఒక సినిమా కూడా వచ్చింది. 'అష్టా చెమ్మా' అని. చాలా రోజులుగా తెరుస్తూ, మూస్తూ, మళ్ళీ అర లో పెట్టేస్తూ, వస్తున్నా ఈ చిన్ని పుస్తకాన్ని. మీ రివ్యూ చదివాకా ఒక సారి చదవాలనిపిస్తుంది. Many thanks.

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ సుజాత గారు,
మీ కామెంట్ చూసి ఎగిరి గెంతినంత పని చేశా..నిజమండీ బాబూ....:-)Your comment made my day..:-)

అవునండీ నేను కొంచెం చదివాక నాకు doubt వచ్చి చూస్తే అది ఆ సినిమా అని తెలిసింది...భలే థ్రిల్లింగ్ గా అనిపించింది..Thank you so much.:-)

indu chhibber said...

Sick to death of cleverness...i really liked that, specially in today's society everybody is so clever-being ordinary is a crime.

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

"Being ordinary is a crime""
Wow Indu..I liked it ..:-) Thanks a lot for being here..:-)

Ashitha said...

Well presented...thank u for reminding it once again, mam...

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ Ashitha,
Thank you so much for dropping by..:-)