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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.
I know the book is a classic and most people who love to read have read this book. It's a great work and will make you think about your life. Most books don't have that quality. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Me
Even if you have to read this for school, I would suggest it. It's a really neat story and it will definitely make you think.Published 4 days ago by Bri Bird
To live without integrity is dangerous and destructive. Oscar Wilde reminds us well of how Scripture says not to live. Read morePublished 6 days ago by callenczar
Stands up as a classic after all these years. Dorian Gray is a cautionary tale describing what can happen when you remove consequences from the picture. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Stephen Ray