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Masoud Abarghouei Nejad
5.0 out of 5 starsSubtly Humorous Outstandingly Intelligent
Reviewed in the United States on September 4, 2013
Oscar Wilde has to be among few writers who can keep you smiling, thinking, wondering, entertained and amazed at the same time. The book starts with the title story which is funny in being outrageously silly while boasting a rich text. Each story is original and shows off Wilde's great hand in creating interesting and round characters. The last story is on a whole different level It must be said. How about Cyril Graham's theory that managed to convert me as well. All in all this is as good as a collection of short stories could get. 5/5.
4.0 out of 5 starsWildean wit, not hugely enthralling, always readable
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 26, 2014
You can have too much of the Wilde side, which can blunt the wit-edge a bit, but the price is right and returning to this after a gap of just a few decades, I realised just how much he's influenced contemporary writers, either first- or second-hand. The Canterville Ghost keeps haunting other stories in a variety of media (definitely no pun intended). The last story - The Portrait of Mr W H - is untypically long-winded, almost as if the fiction is a vehicle for Wilde's own research project into the dark lady of the sonnets and makes at least one reader (eg me) want to go further into the background to see if this was a genuine insight or Wilde's mickey-take on some of his contemporary's obsessions.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 27, 2012
I received this item in the post and immediately spotted that there was something wrong with it, for starters, the title on the front page of the book is spelt wrong and whoever printed this book is an idiot and should be shut down. Secondly, to make matters worse, the text inside is in Arial font, looks nothing like a real book, which again, means the printer of this book should probably be severely punished. I mean, just look at the front cover, I am positive that a Primary School class of 10 or 11 year old children could produce a more professional looking piece of work than this. Thirdly, despite having a 'full' list of contents (with no page numbers) the text is not even complete! To have thought that I paid £5 of my good money for this pile of dog poo is absolutely ludicrous and I want to urge people to spend a little bit more money to get the real thing. Trust me, this is not a book, this is toilet paper.
3.0 out of 5 starsAmusing quotes rather than amusing stories
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 12, 2015
Can't rave about Oscar Wilde the way some do, I guess it's a matter of taste. I'm too often left with the impression he after a good quote rather than a good story. Buy it, read it and make up your own mind.
Who wouldn't be delighted to find the public domain list of FREE classic literature. This is fantastic. All the titles I've always wanted to read and for free - this is my kind of kindle heaven. I love the way they arrive on your kindle, they're so quick, it's like magic. Thank you public domain!