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The Picture of Dorian Gray (Dover Thrift Editions) (original 1891; edition 1993)

by Oscar Wilde

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Title:The Picture of Dorian Gray (Dover Thrift Editions)
Authors:Oscar Wilde
Info:Dover Publications (1993), Paperback, 176 pages
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The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (Author) (1891)

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"How sad it is!" murmured Dorian Gray, with his eyes still fixed upon his own portrait. "How sad it is! I shall grow old, and horrible, and dreadful. But this picture will remain always young. It will never be older than this particular day of June.... If it were only the other way! If it were I who was to be always young, and the picture that was to grow old! For that—for that—I would give everything! Yes, there is nothing in the whole world I would not give! I would give my soul for that!"

And so it begins, the descent of Dorian Gray. A gothic horror that deals in manipulation, class, the adoration of youth and the price of sin. To name but a few of the themes that prevail in this book. For me the book really takes off in the second half and is worth persevering because the first half, although not dull may be considered slow by some. The description of Dorians trip to the opium den is a particularly vivid metaphor for his downward spiral into sin. ( )
  Lord_Boris | Feb 21, 2017 |
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  Dakotabluegrass | Jan 31, 2017 |
I didn't read this in school or do a formal study of it, only a quick read, so I'm sure everything has true meaning, etc, etc., but these are just my quick thoughts. Poor Basil, being in love with Dorian was a curse. I really could not stand Henry. He was so full of asshole prejudice. I feel like some of this was a cautionary tale about not being persuaded by peer pressure because every time Dorian seemed to try to be any less self-centered, Henry talked him out of it. It seemed like Basil was his symbolic angel on his shoulder and Henry his devil. I also felt like there was a message of no matter how good you look on the outside, your behavior still makes you either lovely or ugly. Dorian was every man. We all have these decisions (but he's an extreme case, only psychos take it so far). We all have the potential to be a disease to society like Dorian. This felt like a story that would have been on The Twilight Zone or Tales from the Crypt. I'm sure it has been the influence to many horror-ish type books, films and tv shows. Some classics are so wordy, you have to break down everything, each sentence at a time, to figure them out. In my opinion, this is a classic that anyone can read and from which gain something.





toni


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  ToniFGMAMTC | Jan 19, 2017 |
I didn't read this in school or do a formal study of it, only a quick read, so I'm sure everything has true meaning, etc, etc., but these are just my quick thoughts. Poor Basil, being in love with Dorian was a curse. I really could not stand Henry. He was so full of asshole prejudice. I feel like some of this was a cautionary tale about not being persuaded by peer pressure because every time Dorian seemed to try to be any less self-centered, Henry talked him out of it. It seemed like Basil was his symbolic angel on his shoulder and Henry his devil. I also felt like there was a message of no matter how good you look on the outside, your behavior still makes you either lovely or ugly. Dorian was every man. We all have these decisions (but he's an extreme case, only psychos take it so far). We all have the potential to be a disease to society like Dorian. This felt like a story that would have been on The Twilight Zone or Tales from the Crypt. I'm sure it has been the influence to many horror-ish type books, films and tv shows. Some classics are so wordy, you have to break down everything, each sentence at a time, to figure them out. In my opinion, this is a classic that anyone can read and from which gain something.





toni


FangirlMoments and My Two Cents

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  ToniFGMAMTC | Jan 19, 2017 |
Jamais un livre ne m'a fait bailler...à l'exception de celui là. Je n'ai pas du tout accroché. ( )
  AmelLou | Jan 18, 2017 |
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The studio was filled with the rich odor of roses, and when the light summer wind stirred amid the trees of the garden, there came through the open door the heavy scent of lilac, or the more delicate perfume of the pink flowering thorn.
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'Your rank and wealth, Harry; my brains, such as they are—my art, whatever it may be worth; Dorian Gray's good looks—we shall all suffer for what the gods have given us, suffer terribly.'
'Harry,' said Basil Hallward, looking him straight in the face, 'every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter. The sitter is merely the accident, the occasion. It is not he who is revealed by the painter; it is rather the painter who, on the coloured canvas, reveals himself. The reason I will not exhibit this picture is that I am afraid that I have shown in it the secret of my own soul.'
He played with the idea and grew willful; tossed it into the air and transformed it; let it escape and recaptured it; made it iridescent with fancy and winged it with paradox. The praise of folly, as he went on, soared into a philosophy, and Philosophy herself became young, and catching the mad music of pleasure, wearing, one might fancy, her wine-stained robe and wreath of ivy, danced like a Bacchante over the hills of life, and mocked the slow Silenus for being sober. Facts fled before her like frightened forest things. Her white feet trod the huge press at which wise Omar sits, till the seething grape-juice rose round her bare limbs in waves of purple bubbles, or crawled in red foam over the vat's black, dripping, sloping sides. It was an extraordinary improvisation. He felt that the eyes of Dorian Gray were fixed on him, and the consciousness that amongst his audience there was one whose temperament he wished to fascinate seemed to give his wit keenness and to lend colour to his imagination. He was brilliant, fantastic, irresponsible. He charmed his listeners out of themselves, and they followed his pipe, laughing. Dorian Gray never took his gaze off him, but sat like one under a spell, smiles chasing each other over his lips and wonder growing grave in his darkening eyes.
Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them.
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Dorian Gray has just had his portrait painted. It is a perfect likeness of the quite extraordinary beautiful young man, and it prompts him to make a mad wish for eternal youth. In the years to come, he devotes his public life to and aestheticism-and his private one to decadence and debauchery.

Bodley Head,

London, 1925. hardcover. Book Condition: fine. Keen, Henry (illustrator). Introduction by Osbert Burdett. Frontispiece portrait and 11 additional plates by Henry Keen. Illustrated end papers, decorations on title page and throughout to text. 250 pages. Tall 8vo, black watered silk with black morocco spine, elegantly stamped in gilt, t.e.g. London: John Lane The Bodley Head
AR7.7, 14 Pts
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Miroir, oh, miroir.
Dis-moi qui est le plus beau!
Je sais le plus laid.

Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0375751513, Paperback)

A lush, cautionary tale of a life of vileness and deception or a loving portrait of the aesthetic impulse run rampant? Why not both? After Basil Hallward paints a beautiful, young man's portrait, his subject's frivolous wish that the picture change and he remain the same comes true. Dorian Gray's picture grows aged and corrupt while he continues to appear fresh and innocent. After he kills a young woman, "as surely as if I had cut her little throat with a knife," Dorian Gray is surprised to find no difference in his vision or surroundings. "The roses are not less lovely for all that. The birds sing just as happily in my garden."

As Hallward tries to make sense of his creation, his epigram-happy friend Lord Henry Wotton encourages Dorian in his sensual quest with any number of Wildean paradoxes, including the delightful "When we are happy we are always good, but when we are good we are not always happy." But despite its many languorous pleasures, The Picture of Dorian Gray is an imperfect work. Compared to the two (voyeuristic) older men, Dorian is a bore, and his search for ever new sensations far less fun than the novel's drawing-room discussions. Even more oddly, the moral message of the novel contradicts many of Wilde's supposed aims, not least "no artist has ethical sympathies. An ethical sympathy in an artist is an unpardonable mannerism of style." Nonetheless, the glamour boy gets his just deserts. And Wilde, defending Dorian Gray, had it both ways: "All excess, as well as all renunciation, brings its own punishment."

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The story of a fashionable young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty.

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