This book of quotes compiled into one of Penguin’s Little Black Classics collects Wilde’s musings on money, science, marraige, and literature, amongst an array of other topics. I’ve classified it as non-fiction because I’m not sure exactly where the quotes originate from, which is sort of the problem with this little book. All the quotes are completely out of context, just follow one after another with little discretion for the order. Reading quote after quote is quickly tiring and they soon lose their profundity consumed like this.
Of course, Oscar Wilde is a brilliant writer with a brilliant mind, and some entries made me laugh or think a while, but in general I think quotes were a poor choice of content for a Wilde Little Black Classic and it would’ve served much better as a short story collection like the Poe and Rhys Little Black Classics.
Rating: 2 / 5 stars