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The picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
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The picture of Dorian Gray (original 1890; edition 2003)

by Oscar Wilde

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An exquisitely beautiful young man in Victorian England retains his youthful and innocent appearance over the years while his portrait reflects both his age and evil soul as he pursues a life of decadence and corruption.
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Title:The picture of Dorian Gray
Authors:Oscar Wilde
Info:New York : Barnes & Noble Classics, 2004, c2003.
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The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (1890)

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    Morteana: Dorian Grey is Wilde in his darkest of moods, but Earnest is one of his lightest.
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This is one of the many classics I missed in school. I enjoyed the book, but am glad I read the foreword so that I knew why Oscar Wilde wrote it (He wanted praise art that was for the sake of art alone). It was also helpful to know ahead of time not to expect much of a plot.

Mr. Wilde (along with footnotes) shines a light on the life and times of his age (Late 1800s). That made it interesting enough for me to read. He does not delve into the feelings of a character that does not age or bear the marks of a immoral life. However, the interplay of the characters does explain why he may not have guilt. The entire novel explains why guilt and concern for immorality is a trap to be avoided.

Of course, the murder Dorian Gray gets away with is not the thing Wilder cared about. He wanted to talk art. ( )
  Thomas.Cannon | Dec 7, 2021 |
This felt a lot shorter than i expected and i simply didn't think it was all that interesting. ( )
  wreade1872 | Nov 28, 2021 |
Disappointing. The descriptive paragraphs were unnecessarily dense. The overall plot was almost non-existent with few any active events. The whole novel just seemed to drag. I would enjoy a condensed short story version of this classic far more. ( )
  Kat_books | Nov 9, 2021 |
I would give this a 3.75. I enjoyed it. ( )
  Completely_Melanie | Sep 10, 2021 |
Its not often I read a book that I find chilling. Not scary, but a character that makes you shiver.

Dorian Gray is a young handsome man who has the world falling at this feet. He makes an off-hand remark to some friends about never growing old and his portrait showing his age, etc. And it comes true. How, it doesn't matter. Under the influence of friend who lives his life without regard to anyone else, Dorian Gray becomes truly to evil.

Oscar Wilde wrote a remarkable book. Where it shines is how Mr. Wilde managed to write a book that at the top is light and shiny, but underneath it all is a dark goo. Also, the theme of right vs wrong is well written - the idea that if you don't do anything wrong, legally, but your words and actions causes pain, scandal, or death in others, ethically it drags you down.

This is book also has social commentary on the life style of the English upper class who have too much money, too much time, and not enough responsibilities to others. ( )
  TheDivineOomba | Sep 5, 2021 |
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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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An exquisitely beautiful young man in Victorian England retains his youthful and innocent appearance over the years while his portrait reflects both his age and evil soul as he pursues a life of decadence and corruption.

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Dorian Gray, un giovane di straordinaria bellezza, si è fatto fare un ritratto da un pittore. Ossessionato dalla paura della vecchiaia, ottiene, con un sortilegio, che ogni segno che il tempo dovrebbe lasciare sul suo viso, compaia invece solo sul ritratto. Avido di piacere, si abbandona agli eccessi più sfrenati, mantenendo intatta la freschezza e la perfezione del suo viso. Poiché Hallward, il pittore, gli rimprovera tanta vergogna, lo uccide. A questo punto il ritratto diventa per Dorian un atto d'accusa e in un impeto di disperazione lo squarcia con una pugnalata. Ma è lui a cadere morto: il ritratto torna a raffigurare il giovane bello e puro di un tempo e a terra giace un vecchio segnato dal vizio.
(piopas)
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Miroir, oh, miroir.
Dis-moi qui est le plus beau!
Je sais le plus laid.
L'âme en ce portrait. Miroir d'hier et du jour. Choc et élégance.

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