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The Picture of Dorian Gray
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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.
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Very good read. I love Wilde's work, and Dorian Gray is an unforgettable character.Published 2 days ago by Emily Nykaza
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 6 days ago by Neil
one word, Classic Oscar Wilde's introduction to the darker side of our nature offersa challenge to see and the need for conversion . . .Published 16 days ago by Carmen Scuderi
A true horrific classic. Though much more long-winded than modern works, the prose is simple masterful and something missing in today's literature. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Bia
Since I use this for teaching the novel, it works well. The commentary and details are helpful.Published 22 days ago by Judyr
A most exciting piece of literature. Beautifully written. It forces one to think about how one lives and the power of the mind.Published 24 days ago by Selby-Ann Augustine
Great story, great characters, but a bit "slow" for my taste.Published 25 days ago by Amazon Customer