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review 2018-09-12 16:12
"The Picture Of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
The Picture Of Dorian Gary - Oscar Wilde

I was quite excited when I started this book. I've always enjoyed Oscar Wilde's plays and Stephen Fry seemed the perfect narrator for his work.

 

I'd expected a few hours of entertainment and stimulation but I was very disappointed with what I heard.

 

Stephen Fry's performance is first-rate. Without him bringing the text to life, I doubt I would have made it through this short novel.

 

The text was very disappointing. I realise that the impact of the story is dulled because the central conceit of Dorian Gray's picture is as surprising as finding out that the Count living in Castle Dracula is a vampire but even so, I was had expected to enjoy how the story was told, rather than flipping from boredom with what I mentally labelled "A Single Shade Of Gray" to annoyance at just about every attribute and utterance of the main characters.

 

According to the publisher's summary, Oscar Wilde noted in a letter that:

 

“Basil Hallward  is what I think I am: Lord Henry what the world thinks me: Dorian what I would like to be—in other ages, perhaps.”

 

Basil Hallward is the artist who paints the picture of Dorian Gray. Lord Henry is Dorian's corruptor. Basil Hallward was a dull but worthy man who seemed to be in denial about the nature of his attraction to Dorian Gray. He's described by Lord Henry (an alleged friend) as a man who produces bad art with good intentions.

 

Dorian Gray starts as an entitled, over-privileged air-head, mainly notable for his cluelessness and his pretty face. He ends up as an even more over-privileged hedonist, mainly notable for his endless capacity to blame other people for the consequences of his own decadent choices.

 

Lord Henry suffers from verbal incontinence. The man ceaselessly spews out tiresome epigrams, the meretricious sparkle of which he uses both to prop up his ego and to sustain his endless self-deceit about his engagement with the world.

 

As is probably clear by now, I found myself entirely unsympathetic to this book and the people in it. I was irritated by the self-dramatising privileged young men the story centre around, worn down by the constant flow of over-worked wit and unpleasantly surprised by how ponderously the action moved forward.

 

My main reaction to reaching the end of the novel was relief that I'd no longer have to spend any time in the company of these narcissistic parasitic men.

 

I endured this book to fill the Darkest London square on Halloween Bingo

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text 2018-09-11 23:34
Reading progress update: I've read 60%. - the most horrifying thing about this book is that I still have 40% of it to read
The Picture Of Dorian Gary - Oscar Wilde

I love Oscar Wilde's plays so I assumed I'd enjoy his novel. Instead, I find myself entirely unsympathetic to this book. I'm irritated by the self-dramatising privileged young men the story centre around, worn down by the constant flow of over-worked wit and unpleasantly surprised by how ponderously the action moves forward.

 

If I had a picture in my attic, it would be pulling its hair out and screaming silently at this point.

 

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text 2018-09-10 14:18
Reading progress update: I've read 20%. - epigrams quickly become tiresome
The Picture Of Dorian Gary - Oscar Wilde

According to the publisher's summary, Oscar Wilde noted in a letter that:

“Basil Hallward is what I think I am: Lord Henry what the world thinks me: Dorian what I would like to be—in other ages, perhaps.”

 

Basil Hallward is the artist who paints the picture of Dorian Gray. Lord Henry is Dorian's corrupter. 

 

I'm only 20% in and I'm already finding Lord Henry's company tiresome. He never met an epigram he didn't like, as long as it was his own. His opinions are clever but facile, flashy rather than substantive and mask the fundamental dishonesty of his interior monologue.

 

Epigrams are fine in a play but having to listen to them all day long would be enough to make you shun a man.

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text 2018-09-05 13:46
My August 2018
The Couple Next Door - Shari Lapena
Romeo and Juliet - Crystel S Chan,William Shakespeare
Wilde About The Girl - Louise Pentland
The Couple Next Door - 3.5 stars
Romeo and Juliet - dnf
Wilde About The Girl - 5 stars

 

Favorite book(s) of the month: Wilde About The Girl

 

Books started this month but haven't finished yet: Harry Potter, Moxie

 

Apparently the less books I read, the more time I need to actually post my wrap up. When it comes to reading this year, I just feel off. I love reading, I read all the time, but I don't finish any books and it's driving me up the wall. I mean I'm still one/two books ahead on my reading challenge, so I'm not THAT bad, but it still bothers me a lot.

 
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text 2018-09-01 12:28
Halloween Bingo - Ghost Stories
The Happy Prince & Other Stories (Macmillan Collector's Library) - Oscar Wilde,David Stuart Davies

I'm starting off light this year with a funny ghost story, but don't be fooled: this is all in preparation for diving into some classic horror later on today. I need that mental preparation as I (as you may already know) am a wimp when it comes to the horror genre and do not do "gore". Not well anyway. 

 

So, I have started off this morning with that most excellent work by Oscar Wilde that is The Canterville Ghost. The story is part of the collection of stories that I picked up in Edinburgh last week - "The Happy Prince & Other Stories"

 

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