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|Audio, Cassette, Audiobook, March 11, 2002||
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 don't know why I never read this book earlier in life, Wilde created an iconic character and concept with Dorian Gray. Read morePublished 5 days ago by merrckd
Dark and somewhat depressing but worth a read and so appropriate for any time period.Published 6 days ago by Pixiepixle
An intriguing story that will keep you on your toes. As interesting now as when it was first written. I think it is a classic tale, and one that is difficult to put down. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Holly A. Pagliarulo
Boning up on the classics, hadn't read this one until now. I enjoyed the beginning and the ending was very good though rather inevitable. Read morePublished 12 days ago by novelist
This book is intriguing and haunting. A look into basic human nature that will have you thinking about this book constantly for many years. The story is stained in my meomory.Published 18 days ago by seeyah