So I’m doing my annual countdown of the best books I read on 2012. There is a small caveat before I start. I didn’t read as much. I read fourteen less books in 2012 than in 2011. This is in major part due to the fact that I’m still learning to manage my time well as a priest, but it’s also because I decided to read the incredibly long novel The Father’s Tale by Michael O’Brien (remember back when I wanted to do a summer reading? #fail), of which I am not even half-way finished. People have told me they loved it, and it has its moments of greatness. However, it, at least to me, is incredibly slow. It’ll probably show up on next year’s list because I’ll finish it sometime in October. Without further ado, # 10
So I haven’t read a play in awhile. In fact, I haven’t read a play since my Shakespeare class back in 2006. I came across Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest through the Gutenberg Project. I downloaded it as PDF onto my iPad.
I thoroughly enjoyed it. Wilde has a great wit about him. He channels Shakespeare in the great comedy of acting as someone who you are not, or impersonation. Weddings play into it as well, which Shakespeare used as a great device for wit in his plays; Much Ado About Nothing comes to mind.
I found myself laughing quite a bit at the word play that Wilde uses and even the names. Algernon is strange enough, but that his nickname is Algy puts it over the top.
For a Victorian laugh, look no further than Wilde’s play.