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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 actually love this book. It's not too long and it's very interesting. I've always liked "creepy weird" things and this isn't crazy weird but it was worth the read for... Read morePublished 4 days ago by brittany
This book brings you face to face with the destructive qualities of vanity and vital importance of self-love.Published 4 days ago by Ed Morgan
An entertaining read and it even has some thought provoking insight. I really like the quote "The tragedy of old age is not that one is old, but that one is young". Read morePublished 11 days ago by Jared
A dark story of human foibles and failings and the outside influences that can lead a person to greatness or destruction. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Gettysburg Girl
Love this book! It is a classically written older book, so it can be a little difficult at times to understand what the heck he's talking about and it starts out slow. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Dreajmartin