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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.
A great book to read at last after hearing the title mentioned many times over the last 50 years! Interesting to see well known quotes in the book. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Tauponz
Interesting story with a somewhat predictable ending. A tough read at times, but I'd recommend it for readers a keen to the classics.Published 1 day ago by Dean Dantin
This was the summer reading assignment by the high school. The only book written by Oscar Wilde is a tough read. The vocabulary is daunting and the language is old. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Z- Atlanta
I love Oscar Wilde. This is one of my all-time favorite books. I have read it several times and will continue to do so. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Atty Tude
This is my FAVOURITE edition. I appreciate reading the novel as Wilde intended it to be. Personally I don't like the additions of the 1891 edition and I find it fascinating to be... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Valerie