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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.
Truly one of my favorite stories. I can read and re-read time and time again. Oscar Wilde's sense of humor is entertaining.Published 8 days ago by George Valle
In my humble opinion, this book would have been much improved by being 50-75 pages shorter. There's *so* much information packed into this book that didn't seem to offer anything... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Adam B. Shaeffer
It's a little dense in parts, but it was worth it. Very dark, not at all what I expected (but in a good way! Read morePublished 11 days ago by AMZC79
I saw the movie several times but it falls way short of the book which I think is much better so if you have only seen the movie then treat yourself and read the book.Published 14 days ago by tarheel