The Picture of Dorian Gray (Recommended Reads)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
‘It often seems to me that art conceals the artist far more completely than it ever reveals him. ‘
This short novel was highly controversial in its time, and Wilde revised the novel due to some of the criticisms it received. It has a unique concept, and covers a range of philosophies and themes, virtues and vices. Without detailing too much (My recommendations are general and brief in fear of spoilers) – it involves a young, handsome man, his portrait, an acquaintance with a bad influence, and a deal with the devil. This particular deal links his life with a portrait of himself.
At what price would you sell your soul? I had read this novel over a year ago and its story stuck with me. The demise of this moral man, together with the concoction of philosophies, themes and ideas that merge artistically – leave a lasting impression. Wilde painted a literary picture that can be looked on now as a masterpiece that stood the test of time.