In Being Anti-Social (BAS), the main protagonist, Mace Evans thinks of Oscar Wilde as her "mentor and life coach". Throughout the story, she reverts to a quote from Oscar to help guide her through life's moments. Here are a few comments received to date from readers who have enjoyed Oscar's quotes:
"I loved the Oscar quips that were dotted here and there eg a true friend stabs you in the front. They added a kind of levity to the story and made me chuckle. A wonderful read!" [Mimi Barbour]
"I loved the lead character, Mace. I loved her independence, her honesty, her quests for self-improvement. And most of all, for her humour. Mace quotes Oscar Wilde often and I enjoyed every reference. As a matter of fact, I may have a t-shirt made with one of the quotes." [M. McCarty]
"I finished reading "Being Antisocial" today. Wonderful book and I love all the Oscar Wilde quotes in it. I loved everything about it! " [Aneesha]
And here are a few of the 60 plus quotes from Oscar Wilde used by Mace to validate her choices and decisions:
"We should always forgive our enemies because nothing annoys them more."
"Good advice should always be passed on as it is never of any use to oneself."
“It is perfectly monstrous the way people go about nowadays saying things against one behind one’s back that are absolutely and entirely true.”
“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.”
I have been a fan and devotee of Oscar Wilde for as long as I can remember. Strangely, since I do tend to remember pivotal moments (and insignificant ones as well), I don't recall what ignited my love affair with Oscar, his wit, sarcasm, and of course his writing. Perhaps we read one of his plays at school.
If I could invite three people, dead or alive, to dinner, Oscar would be one of them, and Jerry Seinfeld. I would also like to invite Jesus but I expect, given the guest list, he would probably decline :)