Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime by Oscar Wilde ~Goodreads~
Published by Penguin 26th February 2015
Paperback 50 pages ~Book Depository~
‘He was not blind to the fact that murder, like the religions of the Pagan world, requires a victim as well as a priest…”
Wilde’s supremely witty tale of dandles, anarchists and a murderous prophecy in London high society.
I have only read Wilde’s Picture of Dorian Gray but just reading that one work of his, I knew that I would enjoy pretty much anything he ever wrote so here I am with Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime.
We meet Lord Arthur at a party of Lady Windemere’s where he meets a cheiromantist, who reads his palm. This is where Arthur discovers the awful crime is going to commit in the future and the story evolves from there on. Arthur seeks to find a way of preventing this dreadful crime, but is it a matter of fate and destiny?
I love that Wilde puts his characters in high society company, amongst all the gossiping, open-minded women who believe in the superstition of fortune telling abilities. It conveys perhaps how much people believe in the stars and how it perhaps affected the way in which they acted towards ever.
The greatest thing I love about Wilde’s writing, is the honesty. He’s not frightened to be honest about how his characters think, if anything he says what everyone else is thinking about the other person. Be to it whether its rude or not, but from this honesty comes Wilde’s great wit and I love it! To pick any negative with regards to this book would be like looking for a needle in a haystack…
I need more Wilde in my life!