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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.
An entertaining read and it even has some thought provoking insight. I really like the quote "The tragedy of old age is not that one is old, but that one is young". Read morePublished 5 days ago by Jared
A dark story of human foibles and failings and the outside influences that can lead a person to greatness or destruction. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Gettysburg Girl
Love this book! It is a classically written older book, so it can be a little difficult at times to understand what the heck he's talking about and it starts out slow. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Dreajmartin
I bought this book to help a student in her examinations, as of yet we havnt used it but l am sure it will be great as she is French Learning English.Published 8 days ago by marshall
This can be a difficult read for people who arent used to literature of Wildes era - the language can feel circular at times, and can be confusing to parse. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Jarjar