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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.
Terrible for teens to read this for school; what was the school thinking??? There are sooo many wonderful books out there for teens to read than this trash.Published 1 day ago by Pamela A. MccOrry
Awesome its so cool and it got in time and at perfect timing as well. Its high vocal is astonishing i recumbent to buy this book. LOLPublished 4 days ago by Robert Fadrowski
Came in awesome condition, very quickly and well, obviously it's a really great book. Very happy I bought this.Published 5 days ago by Julia
A must for any one to read. With Dorian Gray in many movies, this book provides the bravo drop to who he really was.Published 5 days ago by CHRISTOPHER SMITH
I see why this book is a classic. The story is unusual and it's words poetic at times. The author has unique way of describing the beauty and ugliness in life.Published 8 days ago by Christine A. Knight
It has been more than 40 years since I first read "The Picture of Dorian Gray." It is still a compelling story, beautifully written. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Sarah Ann Schattman
Oscar Wilde is the best writer I have ever read. His wit is incredible.Published 13 days ago by bannonj