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Lord Arthur Savile's Crime (Die Bibliothek von Babel)

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Purchase one of 1st World Library's Classic Books and help support our free internet library of downloadable eBooks. 1st World Library-Literary Society is a non-profit educational organization. Visit us online at www.1stWorldLibrary.ORG - - It was Lady Windermere's last reception before Easter, and Bentinck House was even more crowded than usual. Six Cabinet Ministers had ...more
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Published September 1st 2004 by 1st World Library (first published 1891)
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Bookdragon Sean
I almost always hate parodies of the gothic genre. I love the gothic, so when someone slates it, I slate them. It’s just how these things work. But, this, this was good. Rather than completely pissing on the genre, Wilde pokes fun at it; he teases it and makes it humorous. He doesn’t make it seem absurd or ridiculous, but a little silly in places. And it’s all it good humour rather than a tasteless satire. This is a great piece of writing.

Moreover, the parody was also directed at London’s higher
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
3.5 stars for this satirical Victorian-era novella by Oscar Wilde. Young Lord Arthur, engaged to the lovely Sybil (interesting name choice, there!) goes to a posh party hosted by Lady Windermere, where one of the amusements is the eerily accurate fortune-telling by her pet palm reader, Mr. Podgers. Lord Arthur decides to take his turn:
Lord Arthur smiled, and shook his head. ‘I am not afraid,’ he answered. ‘Sybil knows me as well as I know her.’

‘Ah! I am a little sorry to hear you say that. The p
I really, really enjoyed this one! This was an absolutely hilarious parody of the Gothic genre in true Oscar Wilde fashion. Highly recommend this for a short and funny introduction into Wilde's writing.
Oct 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Imagine you're attending a reception where you get to meet a cheiromantist (palm reader dude), this later tell you that you're gonna commit murder, what would you do? That's exactely what happened to Lord Arthur, who's engaged to be married to the most beautiful lady in london, lord Arthur loves her so much, he decides to postpone the wedding until his business's done (killing someone) but, every victim he chooses seems to slip through his fingers.. What would become of him?
In general, a sane pe
Oct 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a lovely (and grim) parody of the gothic genre. Wilde really was the master of irony.
Maria Espadinha
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Wilde adora pôr a ridículo a sociedade inglesa e socorre-se de todos os subterfúgios para o fazer!
A sua imaginação fértil alia-se à sua língua afiada e o resultado é invariavelmente brilhante ;)
Nov 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Fantástico! Com estes quatro contos fiquei ainda mais deslumbrado com o talento de Oscar Wilde em aliar o humor ao perturbador.
Katie Lumsden
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just glorious fun. I love Oscar Wilde.
Oziel Bispo
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Um quiromante anuncia a lord Savile através da leitura da palma de sua mão que ele cometerá um crime. Prestes a se casar ele adia o casamento para se concentrar exclusivamente na execução desse crime. Louco , paranóico , tentará de tudo pra fazer cumprir o seu destino.
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I started collecting Penguin's Little Black Classics, and my random reading pilot drew this booklet.

I was never really crazy about The Picture of Dorian Grey. I read it and it wasn't bad but not as good as I expected it would be (based on raving reviews by friends). However, I was quite curious to this little story I hadn't heard about and since it's very short it can be easily read in a single sitting.

And actually I really like it. It
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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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