Review: Oscar Wilde and the Murders at Reading Gaol by Gyles Brandfreth

by Karin on May 27, 2013 · 1 comment

in 4 Stars, A-C, ARC, France, Great Britain, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Prisoner

Oscar Wilde and the Murders at Reading GaolReviewed by Cara Lynn

This is a very dark book, detailing Wilde’s time in Reading Gaol for his relationship with Lord Alfred Douglass. During the time of his incarceration, his wife took their young sons and left the country, but continued to give him an allowance, a pittance, really. Upon her death after a spinal operation, instead of 3 pounds a week he got 150 pounds a year.

How different it is just a little over a century later. Why was not Lord Douglass also incarcerated?

I always liked the cleverness of Oscar Wilde.

It is not clear where history leaves off and fiction begins. The book is meticulously researched.

I believe I would have liked the other books in this series better, because I think they aren’t so dark. The details of prison life are achingly difficult, reminding one of the Count of Monte Cristo.

I rate it 4 stars, because of the book’s strong points, but I did not like it. It is more of a man’s book.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Buy: Oscar Wilde and the Murders at Reading Gaol: A Mystery

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1 Sandra June 2, 2013 at 3:28 PM

Gyles Brandreth is quite a star over here – he’s as cute as an English gentleman should be, he’s witty and sounds like fun to be around, and this sounds like it would be a great book to read. Thanks for the insightful review, Cara.

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