My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I will wait for Jeannette, Marialyce and Dawn before post my review. However, since I always avoid spoilers in my reviews, see my review as followed.
Even if I am not a big fan of mysteries featuring real literary authors, I liked this one.
In my opinion, the author managed quite well to balance between quoting famous artists & writers with a mystery case as background.
Among the citations, we can mention some of these well known names, such as: Arthur Conan Doyle, (Sherlock Holmes, Watson), Robert Sherard, Butler Yeats, William Wordsworth, Thomas Huxley, Émile Zola, Mrs. O’Keefe (Georgia), Walter Scott, Madame Tussaud, Euripides, Plato, Madame Rostand (an old Wilde’s passion), Gustave Eiffel, Louis Pasteur, Jerome K. Jerome, Wagner, Millais, Maupassant, Baudelaire, Byron, Wordsworth, John Keats, Doré and Tenniel. Certainly, I must forgot to mention some other names.
Some interesting quotations:
“Life is the nightmare that prevents one from sleeping.”
“Science “is nothing but trained and organised common sense”, by Thomas Huxley.
“Fidelity is over-rated, Robert,” I heard him say. “It is loyalty that counts—and understanding.”
“Actors are so fortunate,” Oscar wrote to me in a letter once. “They can choose whether they appear in tragedy or in comedy, whether they will suffer or make merry, laugh or shed tears. But in real life it is different. There are no choices. All the world’s a stage, but we must play as we are cast.”
“This happens to be my birthday, Robert, and on each of my anniversaries I mourn the flight of one year of my youth into nothingness, the growing blight upon my summer…Tempus fugit inreparabile!”
“To win back my youth,” Oscar continued, unabashed, “there is nothing I would not do—except, of course, take exercise, rise early, or give up alcohol.”
“There is no friendship possible between men and women, Robert. Remember that. There is passion, enmity, worship, love, but no friendship.”
“‘Nobody ever commits a crime without doing something stupid.’”
The truth is, a poet can survive anything but a misprint—but is Oxford the place for the truth?
‘Women are meant to be loved, not to be understood.’”
“Prayers must never be answered, Robert! If prayers are answered, they cease to be prayers and become correspondence…”