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The Picture of Dorian Gray - Simon Prebble, Oscar Wilde
The Picture of Dorian Gray
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Chapter 1- The studio was filled with the rich odour of roses, and when the light summer wind stirred amidst the trees of the garden, there came through the open door the heavy scent of the lilac, or the more delicate perfume of the pink-flowering thorn. From the corner of the divan of Persian... show more
Chapter 1- The studio was filled with the rich odour of roses, and when the light summer wind stirred amidst the trees of the garden, there came through the open door the heavy scent of the lilac, or the more delicate perfume of the pink-flowering thorn. From the corner of the divan of Persian saddle-bags on which he was lying, smoking, as was his custom, innumerable cigarettes, Lord Henry Wotton could just catch the gleam of the honey-sweet and honey-coloured blossoms of a laburnum, whose tremulous branches seemed hardly able to bear the burden of a beauty so flamelike as theirs; and now and then the fantastic shadows of birds in flight flitted across the long tussore-silk curtains that were stretched in front of the huge window, producing a kind of momentary Japanese effect, and making him think of those pallid, jade-faced painters of Tokyo who, through the medium of an art that is necessarily immobile, seek to convey the sense of swiftness and motion. The sullen murmur of the bees shouldering their way through the long unmown grass, or circling with monotonous insistence round the dusty gilt horns of the straggling woodbine, seemed to make the stillness more oppressive. The dim roar of London was like the bourdon note of a distant organ. In the centre of the room, clamped to an upright easel, stood the full-length portrait of a young man of extraordinary personal beauty, and in front of it, some little distance away, was sitting the artist himself, Basil Hallward, whose sudden disappearance some years ago caused, at the time, such public excitement and gave rise to so many strange conjectures. As the painter looked at the gracious and comely form he had so skilfully mirrored in his art, a smile of pleasure passed across his face, and seemed about to linger there. But he suddenly started up, and closing his eyes, placed his fingers upon the lids, as though he sought to imprison within his brain some curious dream from which he feared he might awake. "It is your best work, Basil, the best thing you have ever done," said Lord Henry languidly. "You must certainly send it next year to the Grosvenor. The Academy is too large and too vulgar. Whenever I have gone there, there have been either so many people that I have not been able to see the pictures, which was dreadful, or so many pictures that I have not been able to see the people, which was worse. The Grosvenor is really the only place." "I don't think I shall send it anywhere," he answered, tossing his head back in that odd way that used to make his friends laugh at him at Oxford. "No, I won't send it anywhere." Lord Henry elevated his eyebrows and looked at him in amazement through the thin blue wreaths of smoke that curled up in such fanciful whorls from his heavy, opium-tainted cigarette. "Not send it anywhere? My dear fellow, why? Have you any reason? What odd chaps you painters are! You do anything in the world to gain a reputation. As soon as you have one, you seem to want to throw it away. It is silly of you, for there is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about. A portrait like this would set you far above all the young men in England, and make the old men quite jealous, if old men are ever capable of any emotion." "I know you will laugh at me," he replied, "but I really can't exhibit it. I have put too much of myself into it."
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Format: audiobook
ASIN: B001G4Y8ZC
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Edition language: English
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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...
LindaLeest
LindaLeest rated it
4.0 The Picture of Dorian Gray
I really liked this classic, and that ending was amazing.Sometimes, when i read a classic in English instead of my own language, I find it hard to follow the story, because of the writing style and the 'old' words. But not with this one. I found the sentences beautiful, and easy to read. In the back...
Bookish thoughts!!!
Bookish thoughts!!! rated it
3.5 Das Bildnis des Dorian Gray // The Picture of Dorian Gray
German and english review Ich finde die Klassiker sind einfach immer irgendwie am schwersten zu bewerten. Aber ich muss sagen, dass es eines von den "alten Büchern" ist, dass sich wirklich richtig gut hat lesen lassen und durch das ich relativ schnell geflogen bin und auch alles gut verstanden h...
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