Lady Windermere's Fan
Lady Windermere has a happy marriage - or, at least, that's what she believes until one of London society's gossips, the Duchess of Berwick, arrives with her daughter to voice her suspicions about an affair Lord Windermere appears to be having. It's not just the Duchess who has evidence, however. Windermere's private bank book shows that he's been giving large sums of mone...more
Lady Windermere's Fan is an easy, fun, and quick read! I really loved this story! I have previously read only one of Oscar Wilde's other works, The Picture of Dorian Gray, which I also enjoyed. Will definitely will be looking to expand beyond these two!! The play is set in London and is classified as a comedy, but does have some serious parts.
* Lady Windermere is throwing a dance party in honor of her birthday that night
* Lord Windermere asks that she invit ...more
"... scandal is gossip made tedious by morality."
"In this world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it."
"What is a cynic?...A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing."
"That is the worst of women. They always want one to be good. And if we are good, when they meet us, they ...more
I am not kidding you. Every time I read another play, I think it's better than the one I read before. Perhaps I'm reading them in some particular order unknown to me, or my opinion is starting to get biased. In any case, I enjoyed this immensely.
This one involves more drama and problems than the plays I read previous to this one. It has a jealous wife, there's blackmailing, there are some misunderstood things that lea ...more
No soy aficionado a las obras de teatro, pero tengo que admitir que esta me gustó mucho. Escrita como solo Oscar Wilde podía hacerlo. El autor retrata harto bien la sociedad victoriana, con sus estilos y sus objetos. Muy bueno.
Tiene un final que no vi venir de ninguna manera.
How easily he read not only the lips of society but the rationale hidden in their words, the cause for the effect and how beautifully he reverberates in his witty words, the incomprehensible fillers we miss in the thoughts behind the mouthing of the gaudy characters to submerge their ostentation and bring out the real ugliness or the real goodness. How sharpened his skills were as a ...more
I have never seen a good performance of it. In fact, it has produced several of the worst stage productions I have ever seen. The play seems to lends itself to stilted acting and un-motivated action. Worse than that, is watching modern actresses who seem to confuse overt sexuality with flirtation, attempt to reproduce the witty and mannered seductions. And if that ...more
This one is a magnificent play.
"Margaret: Are ALL men bad.
Duchess of Berwick: Oh, all of them, my dear, all of them, without any exception. And they never grow any better. Men become old, but they never become good."
"Yes, I love you! You are more to me than anything in the whole world. What does your husband give you? Nothing. Whatever is i him he gives to this wretched woman, whom he has thrust into your socie ...more
لن تجد شخصية بيضاء أو سوداء، كلها متعددة الجوانب، تخطئ وتصيب، تذنب وتتوب. هذا جمال المسرحية، ناهيك عن المحادثات التي تنضح عبقرية وخفة ظل.
تدور أحداث المسرحية حول إنهيار ثقة السيدة ويندرمير بزوجها إثر علاقته الغامضة مع سيدة سيئة السمعة برزت مؤخرا في محيطهما الإجتماعي. أشد ما أعجبني هو إتقان وايلد لفن التشويق في المشهد اﻷخير للمسرحية، كما أبدع بإشراك القارئ في حيرة الشخصيات وترددهم إزاء إتخاذ ...more
I was hoping for something like The Importance of Being Earnest - a comedy with lots of clever wordplay; something to distract me for awhile.
But while the witty wordplay is there, it's far from the comedy I was hoping for. It's a great deal more serious - more of a family drama than a farce.
And it makes me rather sad that I may have ruined this play by listening/reading to it when I wasn't in the mood instead of finding something better to ...more
And of course, as usual after reading any of Wilde's works, I sit here dumbfounded as I wonder how this man managed to write things in such a way that no matter how terrible an opinion or point of view a character is expressing, it sounds convincing and enchan ...more
This was the earliest successful Wilde play and it does show some rough edges. The main character, Lady Windermere, is an unappealing puritan, an unlikely target for her besotte ...more
A lot of people probably think "homosexual undertones/overtones" when they're reading Oscar Wilde's work, but tha ...more
Like The Importance of Being Earnest, this play involves some dishonesties, some false pretenses, and so very little communication.
In other words, it's great fun.
I might have enjoyed this more than The Importance of Being Earnest, only because I knew that story going into it, and this was entirely new for me. While the situation is familiar and done to death (by now in the 21st-century), Wilde wrote with a freshness that is undeniable. Maybe it ...more
While my opinion of the play itself has been increased by this reread, I found some of the cast of narrators were not great. No ...more
a good try to describe one of a society's problems ,, I wasn't amazed that much cuz the subject was over repeated , though I liked it!
and we can't denial that Wilde got such a talent of writing perfect lines , those witch would never tired being perfect ones cross the ages ^^
I found this quote on Goodreads, and liked it so much that I decided to read Lady Windermere's Fan.
Ah! The things we do for love!
It's a beautifully written four-act play that occurs within a day's time.
Everyone is getting prepped up for Lady Windermere's birthday ball. Lady Windermere suspects her husband, Arthur Windermere, is cheating on her with some Mrs. Erlynne. Arthur denies any such affair, and despite Lady Windermere' ...more
I didn't read the play but I watched a 2004 film adaptation entitled A Good Woman.
WIKI SAYS: "A 2004 film adaptation, entitled A Good Woman, switched the setting to the Amalfi coast of Italy, made the Windermeres Mr. & Mrs., and updated the time frame to 1930. The film stars Helen Hunt, Mark Umbers, Scarlett Johansson, Stephen Campbell Moore, and Tom Wilkinson."
More from the link above:
"The story ...more
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