Posts Tagged ‘Oscar Wilde’

1st February
2009
written by Tony
So affected.

So affected.

I finally finished this massive doorstop, actually a couple of weeks ago, and am just now getting around to writing my review. I think I am going to keep this brief as my review encompasses around a hundred poems, several plays, several dialogues and a myriad of other written errata. I think it would be more informative if I focus on the general essence of Wilde, rather than specifics. Overall his writing is light, lyrical and mildly obsessed with topics of beauty and hedonism. He is very well written and his language is at times unparalleled. Themes that tend to run through his work are usually centered around the upper crust of English society, the landed gentry so to speak. In general, Wilde seems to have a rather strong disdain for English society and English attitudes. A strong undercurrent of respect for Americans and American ideals seems to ebb and flow through many of his stories. (more…)
3rd January
2009
written by Tony
1890

1890

Recently, as I was perusing our steadily growing book collection looking for something new to read, I ran into Steph's collection of Oscar Wilde's writing. It is a massive tome, and being someone with a sick penchant for reading thick books, I decided it was time to tackle some Wilde. Reading the book from start to finish (I told Steph it has over 900 pages and she said something along the lines of "you're stupid, why are you reading all of that at once?") the first story I came to was The Picture of Dorian Gray. I'll tell you honestly, it may be a while before you see another book review out of me, as I don't plan on filling our blog with all and sundry Oscar Wilde reviews. Seeing as this is one of his more famous works I decided it would be good fodder for a review. (more…)