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The Picture of Dorian Gray - Literary Touchstone
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Dorian Gray is beautiful and irresistible. He is a socialité with a high ego and superficial thinking. When his friend Basil Hallward paints his portrait, Gray expresses his wish that he could stay forever as young and charming as the portrait. The wish comes true.
Allured by his depraved friend Henry Wotton, perhaps the best character of the book, Gray jumps into a life of utter pervertion and sin. But, every time he sins, the portrait gets older, while Gray stays young and healthy. His life turns into a maelstrom of sex, lies, murder and crime. Some day he will want to cancel the deal and be normal again. But Fate has other plans.
Wilde, a man of the world who vaguely resembles Gray, wrote this masterpiece with a great but dark sense of humor, saying every thing he has to say. It is an ironic view of vanity, of superflous desires. Gray is a man destroyed by his very beauty, to whom an unknown magical power gave the chance to contemplate in his own portrait all the vices that his looks and the world put in his hands. Love becomes carnal lust; passion becomes crime. The characters and the scenes are perfect. Wilde's wit and sarcasm come in full splendor to tell us that the world is dangerous for the soul, when its rules are not followed. But, and it's a big but, it is not a moralizing story. Wilde was not the man to do that. It is a fierce and unrepressed exposition of all the ugly side of us humans, when unchecked by nature. To be rich, beautiful and eternally young is a sure way to hell. And the writing makes it a classical novel. Come go with Wotton and Wilde to the theater, and then to an orgy. You'll wish you age peacefully.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very good read. I love Wilde's work, and Dorian Gray is an unforgettable character.Published 11 hours ago by Emily Nykaza
What a fascinating story. Written in the nineteenth century, it still holds relativity in the 21st. Perhaps, particularly, when one considers the Trump run for the White House! Read morePublished 4 days ago by M. Collins
This book was really hard for me to get all the way through. If it hadn't been a book club selection, I probably wouldn't have made it to the end. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Neil
Read this book years ago and enjoyed reading it again. I always love the classics.Published 5 days ago by Mrs Heather J Maynard
FREE ON KINDLE!!! Found it for wife's book club. Was not sure what to expect in the content. But exactly what we needed. Can't beat a free download.Published 6 days ago by agtodolist