The Picture of Dorian Gray (Recommended Reads)

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The Picture of Dorian Gray (Recommended Reads)

The Picture of Dorian GrayThe Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

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.

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2 Responses

  1. Really good book! Read it years ago and its effect is still with me

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