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A Woman of No Importance

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Oscar Wilde's audacious drama of social scandal centres around the revelation of Mrs Arbuthnot's long-concealed secret. A house party is in full swing at Lady Hunstanton's country home, when it is announced that Gerald Arbuthnot has been appointed secretary to the sophisticated, witty Lord Illingworth. Gerald's mother stands in the way of his appointment, but fears to tell ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published April 1st 1996 by Penguin Books (first published 1893)
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Jean
Feb 11, 2017 Jean rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jean by: Poornima
“One should never trust a woman who tells one her real age. A woman who would tell one that, would tell one anything.”

“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations.”

“To get into the best society, nowadays, one has either to feed people, amuse people, or shock people - that is all!”

“We in the House of Lords are never in touch with public opinion. That makes us a civilised body.”


Even if you have never come across these particular quotations before, you might be likely to
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Nashwa نشوى
رائعة رائعة رائعة بكل ما تحتويه الكلمة من معنى

لم أكن أظن يوماً أني سأحب المسرحيات حيث ضيق مساحة الخيال, ولكن هذه المسرحية كانت بداية موفقة جداً لهوايتها

بداية اقتبس من مقدمة الكتاب وصف كتابات أوسكار وايلد الذي بدا أكثر إنصافاً مما قد اكتبه يوماً
"أدبه رفيع وأسلوبه مثالي من حيث روعة الحبكة, ودقة الصنع, ومتانة اللغة مع ذكاء لامع وقريحة وقادة".

قصة بدأت بإمرأة بلا أهمية, وانتهت برجل بلا أهمية, وبين الأثنين كل ما يحيط الخطيئة من بشر ومعاني. وحقيقة أن بعض الخطايا يتولد من رحمها الأمل والحب والطهارة.

تنا
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Vane J.
Jul 01, 2015 Vane J. rated it really liked it
Mini-review:

I'll keep this review short because I have a really long list of quotes.

This one was a little sad, but it was, ironically, really hilarious too. It involves family drama, scandal, an arrogant jerk responsible for all the conflict in the play, etc. I enjoyed this play from beginning to end. As you may expect from Oscar Wilde, it was witty and cynical through and through.

However, I do have one complaint: Some repetitions of quotes. For example, there was one that made fun of marriage,
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Duane
This is an 1893 play by Oscar Wilde that had a fair amount of success, although it's not regarded as one his best. It's a satire on upper class English society, and of course the best thing about it is Wilde's brilliant wit. It starts out a little slow but finishes with a flourish, although act IV is somewhat melodramatic. 3.5 stars, but I rounded up because I'm fond of Oscar Wilde.
Artemisia
Jan 22, 2012 Artemisia rated it it was amazing
MRS. ALLONBY: The one advantage of playing with fire, Lady Caroline, is that one never gets even singed. It is the people who don't know how to play with it who get burned up.

MRS. ALLONBY: What a througly bad man you must be!
LORD ILLINGWORTH: What do you call a bad man?
MRS. ALLONBY: The sort of man who admires innocence.

MRS. ALLONBY: Men always want to be a woman's first love. That is their clumsy vanity. We women have a more subtle instinct about things. What we like is to be a man's last roman

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Jasmine
Nov 27, 2016 Jasmine rated it really liked it
"Children begin by loving their parents. After a time they judge them. Rarely, if ever, do they forgive them."
Ohana Rowen
Jul 13, 2013 Ohana Rowen rated it it was amazing
Although this certainly isn't the best Wilde play with regards to writing and comedy, it definitely contains the strongest and most critical themes. Like all his plays Wilde is extremely and effectively critical of 19th century, however this play emphasises the distorted attitudes towards women.

Wilde powerfully displays 19th century society's views towards women - how a man can be deceitful yet admired but a woman who is unmarried and unchaste is a woman of no importance. Lord Illingworth is pom
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Asmaa Essam
يقدم "وايلد" لمحة عن المجتمع الإنجليزي ونظرته لكل من الرجل والمرأة إنذاك ..
حيث يلحق العار بكل إمرأة ترتكب ذنب ويُبريء كل رجل من خطيئته لمجرد إنه رجل ويصبح اللوم والعار يلاحق المرأة فقط على فعلتها ..
أيظاً يظهر أن نساء المجتمع الإنجليزي أصبحن دمي يتألقن فقط لمتعة الرجال ويتصنعن المثالية لنيل رضا الرجال والمعضلة الأكبر أنهن يعتقدن أن لا أهمية لهن في الحياة وعليهن ألا يفكرن وألا يطالبن بحقوقهن .. بل وواجب عليهن غفران نزوات الرجال ..
هو ما أراه-بالمناسبة- أشبه بما يجري في بعض المجتمعات العربية اليوم
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  LunaBel
Saints vs Sinners
The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.


Gerard: I want to go with Lord Illingworth, but I cannot abandon my mother.
Mrs. Arbuthnot: You are all mine, son.
Lord Illingworth: You can’t have him all for yourself, not anymore.

The only sin of Mrs. Arbuthnot catches up with her 20 years after she commits it. She has to give up her son to the one who destroyed her life by disgracing her. She has to let her only
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Leslie
Aug 09, 2016 Leslie rated it liked it
Read as part of my omnibus The Plays of Oscar Wilde while listening to the BBC Radio 4X radio drama (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007jr48).

3.5 stars --- this play, while containing some excellent quips including (view spoiler), lacks the lightness of touch that characterizes "An Ideal Husband" and "Lady Windemere's Fan". Instead, Wilde
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Saburi
Jan 25, 2016 Saburi rated it really liked it
It's rare, Wilde's intelligence, his arrogance in writing, and his understanding of people. He fills this play, with the charm of his characters, the tragedy of them, thier boring lives at times, and their blistering reality. By the end of the play, I was glad to see that Wilde had understood the women to not be the same. As he had understood his men.
Gamal elneel
Oct 18, 2014 Gamal elneel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
العالم ينقسم الى طبقتين

الذين يصدقون ما لا يصدق وهم الجماهير

والذين يفعلون ما لا يتوقع وهم اللوردات



leynes
Feb 19, 2017 leynes rated it really liked it
A Woman of No Importance
LORD ILLINGWORTH: It is perfectly monstrous the way people go about, nowadays, saying things against one behind one's back that are absolutely and entirely true.
„A Woman of No Importance“ is a play by Oscar Wilde which premiered on 19 April 1893 in London. It is one of Oscar's society plays which satirizes the English upper class society. The conversations are all about gossip and small talk, and most of the characters are shallow and viewless.

At the beginning of the pla
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Jim
Woosh! That's the sound of half the by-play going over my head. If it hadn't been for the laugh track in this play, I wouldn't have realized a lot of it was a joke. For all that, there were some real scorchers. Wilde certainly had a way with words.

Lord Illingworth was a prick, but he was certainly an affable & pleasant dinner companion. (Reminded me a lot of my step-father; a nice guy on short acquaintance, but an absolutely unreliable & selfish bastard over time.) He was definitely the
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سمر محمد

مسرحية من اربع فصول تدور احداثها خلال 24 ساعة
لا نستطيع ان نقول ان فكرتها مكررة او تقليدية فهي منذ عام 1894 وما نعتبره مكرر الان كان مختلفًا تمامًا حينها
ولكن المسرحية تلقي الضوء على المجتمع الانجليزي في ذلك الوقت وانقسامه الطبقي ليس فقط في فقر وغنى ولكن ايضًا بين طبقة تحتفظ باخلاقها وبساطتها واخرى منحلة سطحية
شخصيات مختلفة بين رجال ونساء يجتمعون فيظهر من خلال حديثهم عن علاقة الرجل بالمرأة في هذا الوقت وعن الزواج وعن فكرة الخطيئة التي تقع على عاتق المرأة وحدها دون الرجل وهي محور المسرحية المتمثل
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El
Jul 23, 2012 El rated it liked it
(Read as part of the Complete Works of Oscar Wilde.)

I want to say that this is probably the weakest of Wilde's plays so far, and I read on Wikipedia that that's actually a common thought. There's a lot of fun dialogue which is... well... fun... but as far as plot goes, it doesn't really kick in until sometime later. Which, when it shows up, actually feels a bit disjointed.

Then the plot itself is one that he seems to have written frequently. It was apparently a schtick of his. It gets stale after
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Annie
Jan 24, 2016 Annie rated it it was amazing
Wilde’s always good for a laugh. He plays his contradictions perfectly. But I always come away from his comedies feeling like I just ate a lot of candy and now I’ve got a stomachache. For all their cleverness, they’re really quite flimsy. I actually think his novel is better than all his plays- its intentions run a little deeper and it stands up a little better on examination.

Still- “A Woman of No Importance” is probably my favourite Wilde play, and it is, after all, so outrageously witty that
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Laura
From BBC Radio 4 Extra:
At a country house party, Mrs Arbuthnot's long-concealed secret comes back to haunt her. Stars Diana Rigg and Martin Jarvis.
Eman Emara
Feb 09, 2013 Eman Emara rated it it was amazing
أجمل ما كتب أوسكار وايلد بلا شك
به آراء قيمة حقا
رأي الرجل في المرأة والمرأة في الرجل ، الفروق بين الطبقات ، الخطيئة
يستحق الخمس نجوم عن جدارة
خاصة الفصلين الثاني والثالث
ليس من نوع المسرح الذي يُقرَأ وأنت جالس علي أريكة
يجب أن يُشَاهد علي خشبة المسرح

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اقتباسات :

" هو هادئ دائما ، وهذا أحد الأسباب التي تجعله يثير أعصابي بلا انقطاع "

"جميع النساء ينتهي بهن الأمر مثل أمهاتهن وهذه مأساتهن -
وما من رجل يصبح شبيها بأمه وهذه مأساته - "

"عدم الرضا بال
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Hamza
May 18, 2015 Hamza rated it really liked it
Shelves: plays
"The secret of life is to appreciate the pleasure of being terribly, terribly deceived."

"All love is terrible. All love is a tragedy."

"Lord Illingworth : I was very young at the time. We men know life too early.
Mrs. Arbuthnot : And we women know life too late. That is the difference between men and women."

I couldn't read a page without admiring and quoting some passage ... It's just an amazing way of writing !
Poornima
Jul 13, 2014 Poornima rated it really liked it
This is one of the more serious books from Oscar Wilde. Starts with the typical-Oscar Wilde satire, but quickly gets serious. Found myself rooting for Mrs.Arbuthnot - strong and sensible woman.

Some of the thoughts elicited here against the differential attitude in the society towards men and women would have surely been ahead of its times - almost 'feminist' in nature.
What is pitiful though is that, not much has changed today in most societies.

Definitely worth a read!
Yukari Watanabe
Jan 02, 2017 Yukari Watanabe rated it it was amazing
I read this before, but I listened a L.A. Theatre Works version today. It was well played!
Shaza ╭♥╯
Jun 13, 2016 Shaza ╭♥╯ rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books
الاسامي ليها هيبة فعلا .. و دة اللي خلاني اكملها للاخر .. و بعد ان انتهيت منها انا مش عارفة ما هذا ال اي كلام الذي قرأت ؟
Kasey Jane
Jul 28, 2012 Kasey Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, humor, feminism, 2012
A few years ago, I read a newspaper article about Wilde's tombstone being damaged by years of kisses. Somehow it became a literary rite of passage for young women to don lipstick and kiss the resting place of the famous playwright. At the time I thought it odd: why would women pay homage to a gay writer in this way?

After finishing A Woman of No Importance, I can understand where these adulators are coming from. This play espouses feminist principles and its central theme is equality of the sexe
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Ghadamamostafa
Dec 29, 2014 Ghadamamostafa rated it liked it
أمنحها ثلاث نجمات من خمسة لأجل رداءة الترجمة ..
أكره أن أشعر أن الترجمة تقف عائقًا بيني و بين النص ..
و لكن ..بغض النظر عن حاجز الترجمة و بالنظر إلى الفكرة ذاتها ..
أولًا ..المسرحية من عهد قديم للغاية ..كل شئ تغير الآن عما كانه في الوقت الذي مضى في انجلترا
و لعل انجلترا تلك التي كانت في المسرحية هي مجتمعنا العربي الآن
ذلك المجتمع الذي يحمل الفتاة الوزر و العار فيما الفتى يبوء بمسرات الحياة غير عابئ بتلك التي حكم عليها بالعار إلى الأبد و بالظل تحيا فيه ..دونما شعور بأي تأنيب ضمير
هكذا هو دأب الرجال دو
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Pavan B C
Oct 26, 2014 Pavan B C rated it it was amazing
A party is on full swing in Lady Hunstanton's. The story revolves around a secret that has pushed the woman for having no virtual importance. My first ever play, turned out to be pretty good. I am glad I picked this one, anyhow.

Women, Shallow. Men, proud. The same classic scene and to top it off, there is a Jane (Don't we all have one Jane in every other classic novel?), quite humorous and sarcastic, which I absolutely loved.

The attributes of these classy, rich women with fans and dress elegantl
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Jonathan
This is Wilde at his best. A firmly plotted satirical drama designed as a social commentary and full of absolutely stunningly witty lines.

"All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy."
"No man does. That is his."


If I've learnt one thing from this play I think it can suffice to say that I should never go to Oscar Wilde for 'pick-up lines.' For much of the clever banter in his play could prove offensive if taken in the wrong context. And the advice of trying to kiss a puritan lady a
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Viji  (Bookish endeavors)
"Lord Illingworth.  You have grown hard, Rachel.

Mrs. Arbuthnot.  I was too weak once.  It is well for me that I have changed.

Lord Illingworth.  I was very young at the time.  We men know life too early.

Mrs. Arbuthnot.  And we women know life too late.”


A mistake. And a kid born as a result of it. And meeting the father again,after raising the kid by herself till youth. Confusion. And then the conclusion. In terms of plot,this isn't much of a story. It looks like the usual ingredients for a Bollyw
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Barışcan Bozkurt
"Bir kadın ve bir erkeğin alışageldik hikâyesi; alışageldiği gibi, hep yaşandığı gibi olan. Sonu da aynı sıradan son. Kadın acı çeker. Erkek özgür kalır," dermişim, elbette böyle değil.

Oscar Wilde bu eserde sosyeteyi ve onları bencil zihniyetlerini ele almış. Bu sefer pek de espri kullanmıyor. Çünkü bu bir absürd hikâyeden çok trajedi. Hatta Wilde'ın en ciddi eserlerinden biri olduğunu söyliyebilirim. İğneleyici üslup yine her sayfada kendini gösteriyor ama bu sefer güldürme amaçlı değil, irite
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زهرة منصور
مسرحية ساخرة من المجتمع الانجليزي الارستقراطي ،تعرض مجتمعين متناقضين ، المجتمع الأول التافه السطحي يمثل أدنى الأخلاق لكن له منزلة عالية في المجتمع بعيد كل البعد عن الحياة البسيطة الطاهرة لذلك يعريه أوسكار ويبين تفاهة أفكاره بواسطة عدة شخصيات مختلفة بصفاتها وأفكارها . المجتمع الثاني يمثل الفضيلة وشخصية راشيل البطلة التي هي ضحية المجتمع الأول
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مسرحية جميلة وأضحكتني في بعض الحوارات، والمسرحية تدور في زمن 24 ساعة!!
يتيمز أوسكار وايلد في مسرحياته بانتصار الفضيلة في النهاية بادرار عواطفنا تجاه ضحية ال
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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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“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one's own relations.” 2303 likes
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