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The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde
The Picture of Dorian Gray
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A lush, cautionary tale of a life of vileness and deception or a loving portrait of the aesthetic impulse run rampant? Why not both? After Basil Hallward paints a beautiful, young man's portrait, his subject's frivolous wish that the picture change and he remain the same comes true. Dorian... show more
A lush, cautionary tale of a life of vileness and deception or a loving portrait of the aesthetic impulse run rampant? Why not both? After Basil Hallward paints a beautiful, young man's portrait, his subject's frivolous wish that the picture change and he remain the same comes true. Dorian Gray's picture grows aged and corrupt while he continues to appear fresh and innocent. After he kills a young woman, "as surely as if I had cut her little throat with a knife", Dorian Gray is surprised to find no difference in his vision or surroundings. "The roses are not less lovely for all that. The birds sing just as happily in my garden." As Hallward tries to make sense of his creation, his epigram-happy friend Lord Henry Wotton encourages Dorian in his sensual quest with any number of Wildean paradoxes, including the delightful "When we are happy we are always good, but when we are good we are not always happy." But despite its many languorous pleasures, The Picture of Dorian Gray is an imperfect work. Compared to the two (voyeuristic) older men, Dorian is a bore, and his search for ever new sensations far less fun than the novel's drawing-room discussions. Even more oddly, the moral message of the novel contradicts many of Wilde's supposed aims, not least "no artist has ethical sympathies. An ethical sympathy in an artist is an unpardonable mannerism of style." Nonetheless, the glamour boy gets his just deserts. And Wilde, defending Dorian Gray, had it both ways: "All excess, as well as all renunciation, brings its own punishment."
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781848373310 (1848373317)
Publisher: Book Sales, Inc.
Pages no: 224
Edition language: English
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Roobieland
Roobieland rated it
4.0 Το πορτραίτο του Ντόριαν Γκραίυ
⭐4.5 stars⭐You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit.
Url Phantomhive
Url Phantomhive rated it
4.0 The Picture Of Dorian Gray
A friend of mine told me about The Picture of Dorian Gray and she is quite a fan of it. I wanted to read it as well, to see if it really was as good as she said. I enjoyed reading it. For me, it wasn't the best book I've ever read and there wasn't much surprise for me in it (my friend told me the...
Bücher unter dem Mond
Bücher unter dem Mond rated it
5.0 The Picture of Dorian Gray
OMMMFG.. i have no words to say how amazing this book its... it is just a book about life, how life should be... or not? hehe this book is fantastic omg, i highly recommend to anyone in this world! *_* i am amazed! so good end, so good characters, so much deepness in each sentence. The whole story ...
Hol
Hol rated it
4.0 The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
I’ll keep this review short as I find it incredibly difficult to review classics. It’s so hard to know what to say about books so highly regarded, regardless of whether I agree. Everyone surely knows the story of The Picture of Dorian Gray, a young man who sells his soul (or you could say trades i...
Lillelara
Lillelara rated it
5.0 The Picture of Dorian Gray
I don´t think I can add something new to the dozens of reviews out there, so I will keep it brief. The Picture of Dorian Gray is dark, twisted, brilliant and has some great characters, that are an absolute joy to dislike. One of my favorite classics. This book has been tagged as gothic on goodread...
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