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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.
Classic work by O. Wilde. What lessons learned by this genius. Brilliant writing that moves so flowingly. Loved the creativity!Published 11 days ago by Jim Mountcastle
Haven't finished myself but my boyfriend likes to spoil things, I'm in the middle or so and seeing how he told me what happens I can see where the story will go. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Amber Sellino
Incredible! I loved it. Written so well, perfect prose. I enjoyed every minute of it.Published 12 days ago by Lorraine
I realize the world may love the story line, but, it is very, very degrading and dark to be in his mind. I guess that is what makes it good in the minds of some. Read morePublished 15 days ago by IDA G. SNAIDMAN