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Lady Windermere's Fan

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  13,632 Ratings  ·  533 Reviews

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

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Published December 1st 2008 by B&R Samizdat Express (first published 1893)
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Mar 19, 2008 Tosh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading an Oscar Wilde play is sort of like life being perfect. The structure of the work is faultless, the dialogue is uber-clever and fantastic. What's wrong with Wilde? Nothing. He's perfect. I can't imagine any writer who wrote so beautifully in his native language. There are some people who are born with 'it' and Wilde is one of them. Of course for someone so perfect he would have to get involved in some nasty social business via his decade. But when you look back at Wilde, one realizes tha ...more
Wonderful gem of a play !!!!

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
Sep 08, 2007 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays
Wilde's wit never bores me, which is why he is one of my favorite authors. Below are a few quotations I particularly liked from Lady Windermere's fan:

"... 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
Feb 08, 2016 Fenia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW. Oscar Wilde is a genius! This was so realistic, there was so much wisdom pouring out of it. It was entertaining and short, straight forward, full of cherished quotes. Loved it! ...more
Vane J.
Jul 03, 2015 Vane J. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, it seems that my liking of Wilde's works follows a graphic like this one:

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
I think these classic plays are better enjoyed on stage than by reading. That seems so obvious that it seems silly to say. But the problem for most of us is, we haven't seen them on stage and probably won't. There is enough going on in this play though to make it a fun read. I use the word fun rather loosely because, even though it is a comedy, it doesn't seem like one to me. Maybe that is one of the things lost in reading versus watching, I don't know. I think it's a subtle style of humor that ...more
Sara Steger
Feb 05, 2016 Sara Steger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lady Windermere's Fan is classified as a Comedy of Manners, and while there are certainly humorous elements present in the usual clever Wilde manner, I would contend that there is more of drama here than comedy. The story at the base of this play is quite serious. The subject of the ease with which a person (particularly a woman) could be ruined and expelled from society (something that Wilde, even as a man, knew something of) is a serious topic for Wilde. The instinctive love of a mother is a s ...more
Ciddi Olmanın Önemi, İdeal Koca ve Lady Windermere'in Yelpazesi tema ve karakterler olarak birbirlerini anımsatsalar da okuyucuya çok keyifli bir okuma sunuyor. Lady Windermere'in Yelpazesi'ni de diğer iki oyun gibi büyük bir keyifle okudum, çok eğlendim. Sahnede de izleyebilmeyi çok isterim.
Feb 13, 2015 Christopher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I highly recommend finding Wilde's plays on audio and listening to them while driving early in the morning. Press play as you sit in your freezing car, spend the first scene in a shivering fit, then ease into the second scene all nice and warm and toasty, at ease enough now to chuckle or chortle or guffaw at the playwright's acerbic wit. Pause in the middle of an argument between the Windermeres to roll your window down and request through a metal box a concoction of glutinous egg, english muffi ...more
Oct 30, 2015 Eva rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a sucker for femme fatale versus puritanical women stories especially when these are accompanied by the wit of Mr. Wilde
Franco  Santos
Todos estamos en el fondo de un pozo, pero algunos miramos las estrellas.

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.
Soumen Daschoudhury
Jun 24, 2015 Soumen Daschoudhury rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers who worship wit and intelligence
Here I mark my salutation again; Oscar Wilde is a remarkably witty genius, a true observant and a sly story teller.

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
An upbeat reader
Jun 20, 2013 An upbeat reader rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: مسرحيات
I extremely enjoyed reading this play. Oscar wilde is a shrewd writer and it is utterly noticeable in his works. Hence his wisdom is depicted within the plot, the characters, the speech and so forth. It is mighty interesting how he dealt with a daily problem in a penetrating way. The play is all about human nature and how people are used to exaggerate things, especially women(who are in love lol). How they keep nagging....Moreover how people judge others before truly knowing them; First the lady ...more
Jul 05, 2007 Cheri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama-british
I enjoyed reading this play, though the situations are so of their period that it can at times feel unrelatable to any modern person.
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
Edlira Dibrani
Sep 24, 2016 Edlira Dibrani rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading Oscar Wilde's books is an amazing feeling because you never get dissapointed.

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
دراما اجتماعية عن الأفكار المسبقة التي يكونها المجتمع عن شخص ما، عن النفاق الإجتماعي وعن الثقة بين الزوجين.

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
I'm afraid this wasn't the right book at the right time.

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
Lidia Mascaró
Jun 10, 2015 Lidia Mascaró rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very quick read with nothing but splendidness. I was sort of reluctant to begin this book simply because I am more of a novel-person rather than a play-person. Placing my trust on one of my favorite authors, however, I decided to read it.

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
Aug 06, 2014 Booknut rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was going through some old books of mine & stumbled across this little gem. Re-reading it was, if possible, an even better experience than my first reading of it. Oscar Wilde's works are so tongue-in-cheek, they make me laugh every time :)
Aug 09, 2008 Simba rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
God bless Oscar Wilde. Has anyone contributed as much to the conversation of otherwise dull people?
Jun 09, 2010 Yngvild rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays
Lady Windermere’s Fan is a collection of catchy aphorisms loosely embroidering a fundamentally silly story. Oscar Wilde understood that the best marketing in the theatre world is to have people quote you, and so he built an entire play around the smart set tossing out modish epigrams like baubles from a Mardi Gras float.

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
Oct 21, 2009 Liz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays, 4-star
This was my first Oscar Wilde, and I have to say that I read it more quickly than I would have liked. I was trying to finish it before my Vic Lit book club (which I did) and I think later, I will wish I had spent more time reading the play and enjoying Wilde's writing. This is definitely something which I want to own and re-read, and it really made me want to explore more Oscar Wilde.

A lot of people probably think "homosexual undertones/overtones" when they're reading Oscar Wilde's work, but tha
Ya aviso que ésta probablemente será otra entrega de mi larga serie de “opiniones impopulares”. No soy fan del teatro de Oscar Wilde. El mayor problema creo que está en que Oscar Wilde es uno de los autores más citados de la historia. Has oído tantas veces citas suyas fuera de contexto que cuando las ves inseridas en su contexto original te suenan forzadas, falsas, metidas con calzador, “la gente nunca ha hablado así, soltando aforismos” dices. Otro problema que me cuesta digerir es que sus alta ...more
(Read as part of the Complete Works of Oscar Wilde.)

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
{rereading Lady Windermere's Fan, Feb. 2016} I am altering my rating of this play from 4* to 4.5* (see my print edition of "The Plays of Oscar Wilde" for review) -- I had forgotten how many wonderful lines there were in the dialogue of this play. These raise it up but I still don't think it is as good as my favorite, The Importance of Being Earnest so I can't give it 5*.

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
Aya Abo3ghreb
“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”
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 ^^
May 20, 2016 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Doesn't get anywhere near in approaching the brilliance of The Importance of Being Earnest, but it's still fun and bitingly witty.
May 06, 2015 Vendea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Rozhodla jsem se přečíst něco od milovaného Wilda. A neprohloupila jsem, tohle drama je super :)

Shikha Pal
May 16, 2016 Shikha Pal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars."

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'
Joy H.
Jun 23, 2013 Joy H. marked it as watched-film-only
Added 6/23/13.
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:
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Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish playwright, poet and author of numerous short stories and one novel. Known for his biting wit, and a plentitude of aphorisms, he became one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian era in London, and one of the greatest celebrities of his day. Several of his plays continue to be widely performed, especially The Importance of Being E ...more
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