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With this book I reached 4/5 of the way through my reading challenge this year and it finally felt like the end was in sight as I crept ever closer to 51. I wasn’t going to review this book because it is so short but Wilde has a way of compressing a lot into 60 small pages and so after a few pages I found myself realising that this book deserved a little review of sorts.
The main reason being:
Self fulfilling prophecy.
I am obsessed with it. In so many ways. I did Sociology for years and this was the part that I found the most fascinating. The idea that just by being told something that you will then end up doing that thing. Like if someone calls you a failure then you will in turn become a failure. Or in this case, if someone tells you are going to murder someone, you start planning out who you are going to murder quietly so that you can carry on with your life.
Watching Lord Arthur slowly descend into a form of madness and becoming so fascinated and consumed by this ‘prophecy’ that he didn’t focus on anything else and effectively put his life on hold in order to fulfil this thing that some random woman told him one night at a gathering was fascinating to me. It was also hilarious. The highs and lows he felt when he discovered whether the people he has tried to kill or not are actually dead or not. The fact that he was so sad, yet so delighted when something proved unsuccessful. The fact that he stumbled across success in the end and un-paused his life almost instantly.
The whole thing was just borderline farcical and there was a Lady Windermere reference and I’m pretty sure she started this whole thing. And the whole thing was a rollercoaster to read for the 50 pages that it lasted. It was just quintessentially Wilde, and I am always going to have a soft spot for that.
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