The Wit and Wisdom of Oscar Wilde Set Against His Life and Times
I suppose I might want to apologize about the snark and harsh tone this review could likely take.
What’s it ABOUT: Apparently the author’s name isn’t really “Mark Nicholls” so I really can’t figure out who he is or what he does other than fawn over how awesome Mr. Wilde is.
I am not trying to imply that Oscar Wilde is not awesome and he certainly said many witty things.
But this book is tedious. Repetitious. And lickspittly.
“Wilde averred.” I lost count how many times Mr. Wilde, His Excellency, averred something extremely witty in response to some boorish comment.
aver verb \ə-ˈvər\
I had to look it up. Perhaps I am just not smart enough for this book. I looked up a TON of words and because I am now reading Jenny Lawson’s book Let’s Pretend This Didn’t Happen, I am wanting to toss in other choice inappropriate words. or WORD. Ahem.
I suppose you want an example. Great. Now I’m going to have to fetch it from the recycle bin and open it again. [OMG – I now cannot find any of the dreaded avers! Sigh.]
Wilde’s perception of life was remarkable. Listen: “A kiss may ruin a human life . . .” In that single truism is the essence of a million past and present life-dramas, and who but Wilde could have considered its inclusion in a play…?
His sheer audacity was the highlight of his writing: __
Hear the Master again on the wiles of women: __
On the social front, too, he led the field: __
(these are the first sentences of four paragraphs NOT taken at random but one after the other. Pages 88-89)
RATING: Two slices of pie
Book COUNT: Tenth of 2015
Perhaps LICKSPITTLE, defined as “a slimy grovelling and devious person” is too harsh. It was just that the writing style is so very irksome.
How about a photo of my lovely Oscar?