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Amusing, though not his best work.
on January 26, 2012
Oscar Wilde, <strong>The Canterville Ghost</strong> (Public Domain Books, 1906)
Oscar Wilde's supernaturally comedic classic has been made into any number of movies (and despite this, I have somehow only seen a low-budget Polish version that was made for television, but which is quite enjoyable), so I've heard about it roughly ten thousand times, but I had never actually gotten round to reading it until now. It's not as spiked with quotable lines as <em>The Picture of Dorian Gray</em> or <em>The Importance of Being Earnest</em>, but it's still snappy and fun, until it's ruined by a characteristically moral ending (tacked on, one assumes, in order to make the book palatable to Victorian audiences). Useless ending aside, however, it's still fun, and worth reading; a short introduction to Wilde that gives you a good feel for his writing. ***