Wilde's reviews do not make light reading. There are occasional witticisms but unless you have read the books he is talking about, his review will not make much sense. Wilde is a hero today because he is regarded as a "gay" martyr. It should never be forgotten that he was actually a pederast, and he inflicted great misery and cruelty on his wife through his betrayal of her. In fact, he can be thought to have caused her death. Being homosexual did not bring him happiness - he was at the mercy of the thoroughly unpleasant Lord Alfred Douglas. It must be said that his reviews are probably better than his rather dreadful poems.