I thoroughly enjoyed the light-hearted sarcasm of this play. Oscar Wilde writes about his own time period -- Victorian England. The conflict at the coI thoroughly enjoyed the light-hearted sarcasm of this play. Oscar Wilde writes about his own time period -- Victorian England. The conflict at the core of the play is compelling -- the blackmailing of a main character by means of an unfortunate letter he wrote in his youth. As serious as that sounds, the story is told with all of the decided glibness only Wilde can bring to a story. Granted, the story reflects the sexism of the period. Nevertheless, overall, the book is highly entertaining and delightfully well-written. ...more
This book was written as a series of magazine articles during the 1920s that were later collected into this book and published in 1935. The author, ClThis book was written as a series of magazine articles during the 1920s that were later collected into this book and published in 1935. The author, Clarence Day, writes about his father, who was a unique character. Each chapter focuses on a quirky event related to or characteristic of his father. The chapter headings are a good reflection of the humorous nature of this book -- "Father Has Trouble with the Land of Egypt"; "Father Interferes with the Twenty-third Psalm"; "Father and the Crusader's Third Wife."
In the chapter about the twenty-third psalm, the author explains how he found himself suddenly speculating about what his father's opinion would be of the twenty-third psalm. He states, "I couldn't imagine Father being comforted by the Lord's rod and staff, or allowing anybody whatever to lead him to a pasture and get him to lie down somewhere in it. I could see him in my mind's eye, in his tailed coat and top hat, refusing point-blank even to enter a pasture."
Readers will have to pardon father's liberal use of the word "damn" and at least one openly racial slur. By today's standards, the racial slur is shocking, but the swearing is quite comic.
Overall, I found the book entertaining. The picture it paints of upper-class New York culture at the turn of the century is fascinating. I've even managed to snag a first edition of this book, so reading it is doubly an experience in time travel....more
I read this book for the first time more than twenty years ago. My opinion of the book has improved upon my second reading, perhaps with the advantageI read this book for the first time more than twenty years ago. My opinion of the book has improved upon my second reading, perhaps with the advantage of greater maturity. (My friends might dispute the latter assertion). Nevertheless, it is indisputable that Jane Austen captures human emotion wonderfully. She would have made a fantastic psychologist. If you haven't read Jane Austen's books, it is a great failing indeed. ...more
When I was in junior high school, the little corner grocer became a natural food store full of oddities, including large glass jars of pungent herbs.When I was in junior high school, the little corner grocer became a natural food store full of oddities, including large glass jars of pungent herbs. One wall in the store was filled with an eclectic mix of used books. I visited the store often to look at the books and quickly discovered an old boxed set of the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings. I had never heard of them before. I couldn't afford to buy the books immediately, so I continued to visit the store to see the books. I began reading the Hobbit intermittently whenever I could. I thought I had discovered a little-known series of magical books. I worried that someone else would find them and buy them before I could. When I finally collected enough money, I was so relieved that the books were still there on the shelf waiting for me. These books transport the reader to another realm. I am so glad that I discovered them on my own and was not compelled to read them as part of a school reading list. ...more