5 September 2012

30 Days of Books- Day 05: A book that makes me happy

[for the English translation, see the text in grey below] 

Det finns många böcker som jag blir glad av, så det var svårt att välja bara en bok. Egentligen finns det en bokformel som jag alltid blir glad av: en humoristisk och romantisk feel-good med ett vitsigt språk… handlingen ska gärna vara lite absurd, och utspela sig i en viktoriansk miljö (<-- detta är inte nödvändigt). Ja, jag menar restaurationskomedier! 

Oscar Wildes pjäs The Importance of Being Earnest (Mister Ernest) är ett perfekt exempel på vad jag menar. Den här boken får mig att fnittra som Muttley (i Stoppa duvan!) från början till slut.  The Importance of Being Earnest innehåller så manga härliga citat:

There are so many books that many me happy, so it's really hard to choose just one... Acutally, there is a formula in books that always makes me feel happy: the humorous and romantic feel-good stoy with witty language, the plot should also be a bit absurd and the setting Victorian England (<-- ok, this is not stricly necessary). Yes, I'm talking about comedies of manners!

Oscar Wilde's play The Importance of Being Earnest is a perfect example of what I'm talking about. This book (play) makes me snicker like Muttley (in Dastardly and Muttley in their Flying Machines). Furthermore, The Importance of Being Earnest is packed full of iconic quotes such as the ones below:

"The truth is rarely pure and never simple. Modern life would be very tedious if it were either, and modern literature a complete impossibility!" – Algernon, Act 1 

“Ah! That must be Aunt Augusta. Only relatives, or creditors, ever ring in that Wagnerian manner.” – Algernon, Act 1 

“To lose one parent, Mr. Worthing, may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.” – Lady Bracknell, Act 1

"Relations are simply a tedious pack of people, who haven’t got the remotest knowledge of how to live, nor the smallest instinct about when to die."— Algernon, Act 1

"London society is full of women of the very highest birth who have, of their own free choice, remained thirty-five for years." – Lady Bracknell, Act 1

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