|Oscar Wilde: De Profundis
||[Aug. 24th, 2009|12:46 pm]
~*our cosy little circle of book obsessed souls*~
I admit I'm quite fascinated by Oscar Wilde. I've read a couple of his novels and recently I saw the film Wilde with Stephen Fry & Jude Law so when I found De Profundis from the library I had to read it. I did not know what to expect but somehow it was quite meaningful to read this book right now. The book is Oscar's letter from the prison to his lover Bosie. Most of it is bitter, angry and painful things about their relationship and how Oscar feels about it and the things that led him to the prison but in the end there is some kind of peace and revelations he finds in his misery and misfortune. And all that makes it meaningful and beautiful. Wilde's pondering about art, Christ and mystic of nature. His soulful way of overcoming the bitterness. I felt it was a healing experience to read this book even if at times it was annoying and uneasy to read for the negative, haunting tone of all the things he said and felt. And definitely this book only added to my interest and fascination in Wilde. For sure he was not just a great & witty writer and an interesting dandy of his time but also a great thinker and a very soulful man.
"Do not be afraid of the past. If people tell you that it is irrevocable, do not believe them. The past, the present and the future are but one moment in the sight of God, in whose sight we should try to live. Time and space, succession and extension, are merely accidental conditions of thought. The Imagination can transcend them, and move in a free sphere of ideal existences."