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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.
It is only when rereading Wilde's classic Gothic novel that one can understand its political message. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Dr. Laurence Raw
The Picture of Dorian Gray is one of my favorite books. I hadn't read it in two years and decided to purchase the book. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Ash
I have just starting using it and it is fun. We educational and you can lie in bed and learn a new language! Very much fun!Published 5 days ago by Beverly Warr
This was horrible. The reader was reading to a class of kindergarteners. I threw this cd in the trash. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Marianne