The Picture Of Dorian Gray

Paperback | September 4, 2007

byOscar Wilde

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WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY IRVINE WELSH

Dorian is a good-natured young man until he discovers the power of his own exceptional beauty. As he gradually sinks deep into a frivolous, glamorous world of selfish luxury, he apparently remains physically unchanged by the stresses of his corrupt lifestyle and untouched by age. But up in his attic, hidden behind a curtain, his portrait tells a different story...

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WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY IRVINE WELSH Dorian is a good-natured young man until he discovers the power of his own exceptional beauty. As he gradually sinks deep into a frivolous, glamorous world of selfish luxury, he apparently remains physically unchanged by the stresses of his corrupt lifestyle and untouched by age. But up in his attic...

Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was born in Dublin in 1854. He went to Trinity College, Dublin and then to Magdalen College, Oxford, where he began to propagandize the new Aesthetic (or 'Art for Art's Sake') Movement.Despite winning a first and the Newdigate Prize for Poetry, Wilde failed to obtain an Oxford scholarship, and was f...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 7.8 × 5.11 × 0.53 inPublished:September 4, 2007Publisher:Random House UKLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Beautiful! My Favourite Novel! This is the most beautiful book I have ever read. The writing in this book is captivating and the philosophy is interesting. I was enraptured immediately, impressed by the world that Wilde presented to me with such detail. His use of language is amazing, and the book deserves to be read slowly and with great attention so that no detail is missed. The ideas presented by each of the characters are interesting, and they do not need to be agreed with in order to be appreciated. The characters are interesting ones. Their philosophies provide the story with a cause for the events that unfold, and provide us with many things to ponder. The dialogue is intriguing when it involves discussions of life theories, and is amusing when wit is used in social conversations. Watching Dorian move from an innocent man to a hedonistic one is fascinating, and the way the writing changes from describing his youthful innocence to describing his decadent lifestyle is skillfully done. Basil's fascination and obsession with his best muse is engaging, and Lord Henry's influence supplies the story with what it needed to begin. Lord Henry's character is just as interesting as Dorian's, if not more so. Dorian tries to live the life that Henry glorifies, falling prey to his words as he tries to imitate everything the older man seems to praise. But he himself does not engage in any of the degeneration that he lauds, instead encouraging the youth while he remains safe in his hypocrisy. In the end, despite his negative influence on Dorian and his views on life, he was the only one that remained both unaffected and safe. Even though the story is about the characters - their philosophies and the way Dorian falls from grace because of them - the way the book ends is satisfying in terms of plot. It wraps up Dorian's adventure in the only way that it rightfully could: with the destruction of his painting and his own death. I can't say enough about the beautiful writing and the philosophies presented; the way everything is described is so detailed that all my imagination needs to do is live in the world shown to me. The theories that the characters have about how life should be lived is fascinating, and it is captivating to see the rise and fall of a character that latches onto the hedonistic way of life so well. This beautiful book is definitely worth reading and rereading; to me, there is no other work of fiction that would rank higher than this one in terms of aesthetic charm and philosophical appeal. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A truly readable classic I read this when I was in my teens, and I think I was too young to fully appreciate the nuances and levels that Wilde delivers. I got much more out of it this time around with the perspective of an adult. The story of Dorian Gray is filled with subtle jabs at the ignorance and hypocrisy of the times and also has the tongue-in-cheek humour that makes Wilde one of the most quotable people ever. There were lots of passages that I read them, moved on, and then went back and read them again, thinking: "Did he just say what I THINK he said?!" The story itself is, of course the obligatory caution against self-indulgence, in this case taken way beyond the norm due to the magical absolution Dorian receives when his portrait bears the brunt of the evils Dorian engages in while Dorian the man stays young and beautiful - on the outside at least. As with most stories of this kind, there is always a price to pay for evil, even if it seems to take a long time. The piper ALWAYS gets paid. I don't think I could call this a "fun" read, but certainly it's a book I think everyone should read at some point. Definitely a classic, and, thanks to Wilde's talent a well written classic.
Date published: 2011-09-24