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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
Inspired by Oscar Wilde's famous play, Tom Beattie's The Importance of Being Earnest Enough is a fresh take on one of the most famous works of the Irish legend. In this version, Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff are lovers in 1894, London. Algernon somehow gets hold of Lady Margaret Windmere's iPhone and uses it for his own nefarious purposes. Meanwhile, Jack is engaged to Gwendolyn Fairfax, who is incidentally in love with Cecily Cardew, Jack's ward. While a proposal to marry Algernon off to Cecily is put forward by Jack, Letitia Prism and Augusta Bracknell hatch their own plans. To further complicate matters, a correspondent working for SHAM news is on the prowl. Can Jack and Algernon find a way to have the wedding of their dreams?
The Importance of Being Earnest Enough is a hysterically funny, wild rollercoaster of a ride that you don't want to get off. Tom Beattie's social commentary feels spot on, and he pulls no punches in making fun of the ridiculousness that prevails in society. Despite incorporating some of Wilde's most popular characters, Beattie's take feels fresh, unique, and utterly hilarious. The characters are as colorful as ever, and the author's prose style makes them pop out of the pages. Some of the banter between Jack and Algernon was laugh-out-loud funny, and the modern terminology used by the characters elevated the ridiculousness that made for a thoroughly entertaining reading experience. If you're a fan of Oscar Wilde or well-written satire in general, do not miss out on The Importance of Being Earnest Enough.