Lately I’ve been reading a little bit of poetry aside from novels, and I thought… why not some plays too? It’s good to explore every side of literature!
Original title: The Importance of Being Earnest.
Spanish title: La Importancia de Llamarse Ernesto.
Author: Oscar Wilde (UK, 1854 – France, 1900).
Genre: Theater, Comedy.
Read in: English.
Publisher: Penguin Books – Penguin Popular Classics.
Algernon is a bachelor who has invented Bunbury, a sick relative who frequently calls him away, just to be able to avoid some kind of social duties, like family meeting. His friend Jack, in his own way, has created a brother called Ernest, to disguise his own misdemeanors.
Comment without Spoilers
Although this play is very short, the plot of it is really nicely developed. Even more, thanks to its short length, everything that appears has an specific purpose, being difficult to find any kind of filling in it.
The rhythm of the narrative is quite constant, not decaying in any moment. It’s light and fast, and helps a lot to trap you, as you read and read, flying over the pages without any difficulty.
There are very few scenarios alongside the novel, but all of them are well depicted, thanks both to the description at the beginning of each scene, and the interactions of the characters themselves.
The background of the story is also nicely set, and in the first scenes you get all the relevant information you need not to get lost during the events comprised in the play.
This is the same kind of edition as the version of Mrs Dalloway I read, so you can expect pretty much the same in both of them. That is, low quality in pages and printing, and just regular in the binding. But hey, it was really cheap!
Conclusions? Well, this play is delightfully funny, short and easy to read. And with a quality that definitely makes it a must for every literature lover out there. So, if you haven’t read it yet, just give it a try :)