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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." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This book, with its tremendous amount of humor and sarcasm combined with Wilde's masterful literary style and his conception of art and morality, is one of those works that make... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
This is the first of Oscar Wilde's books that I have read. It was a fascinating study of vanity told from a male perspective. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Cynthia Hoelscher
I really enjoyed reading this classic by Oscar Wilde. Its a brilliant snapshot of Victorian bohemian life in the rarefied circles of the fashionable, elite, and often gay... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Ron Rodger