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The Picture of Dorian Gray (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) (original 1890; edition 2003)

by Oscar Wilde, Camille Cauti (Introduction)

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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 (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Authors:Oscar Wilde
Other authors:Camille Cauti (Introduction)
Info:Barnes & Noble Classics (2003), Paperback, 288 pages
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Rating:*****
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The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (1890)

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    JuliaMaria: Wie in Wikipedia zu 'Gegen den Strich' beschrieben: "Ein französischer Roman, der den Protagonisten in Oscar Wildes Roman Das Bildnis des Dorian Gray zu dekadenten Ausschweifungen inspiriert, wird häufig als Anspielung auf À rebours gedeutet. Wilde war - wie auch Stéphane Mallarmé - ein Bewunderer des Romans."… (more)
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    veracity: Belford discusses both editions of Dorian Gray.
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Helps when you don't already know the end. Still, I've read it. ( )
  youngheart80 | Jun 15, 2021 |
Dorian é um homem que se encanta com a visão do mundo hedonista do aristocrata Lorde Henry, que considera a beleza e a satisfação sexual as coisas únicas que importam na vida. Ele deseja então vender sua alma para que apenas um retrato seu pintado a óleo envelhecesse para manter sua juventude eternamente. Como Fausto, Dorian tem seu desejo atendido e parte para uma vida libertina e amoral. ( )
  EduResende | Jun 13, 2021 |
A good solid 4 stars from me. Though I suspect this will be one of those books that sits at the back of my head, with more of a lingering effect than I am thinking right now, having just finished it. Dare say I will read it again sometime and indeed the rating may perhaps instead be a 5 star. ( )
  mikepen | Jun 12, 2021 |
SPOILERS AHEAD!!!!

I finished the book within four days this week, and I did not like it….I absolutely ADORED it. There’s something about Oscar Wilde’s purple prose and vivid descriptions that gets me ecstatic. Plus, whether the book is cut or uncut, it still has the small homosexual undertones within the book.

As the story goes for Dorian Gray, it follows Dorian Gray, whose portrait is painted by an artist named Basil Hallward, who loves his beauty. And Basil introduces Dorian to Lord Henry, whose life is more so a life and luxury experience, which Henry believes Dorian needs to pursue in life.

Dorian does take a liking to this girl named Sibyl Vane, she unfortunately kills herself due to the fact that Dorian no longer loves her anymore, and she found love in the real world instead of her acting as a piece of fiction.

There’s other characters too, but they are minor until the end, but I’ll leave them behind.

Throughout the book, it’s all quite normal and such for Dorian, until he sins away from the portrait and focuses on other things, being luxury, sex, or the good life. However, what Dorian doesn’t notice is that while he’s doing those things, the portrait keeps getting worse and uglier.

And that’s when the portrait gets revealed to him, Basil is pissed off. Basil is the angel towards Dorian, saying that the picture got worst because of the things.

This is to where Dorian, unfortunately, stabs Basil and he dies. He also stabs the picture. Dorian could not save himself because he’s been following the devil, or Lord Henry.

Now, as for the painting? Well, its slashed through, therefore he (Dorian) killed himself. Dorian Gray kills the soul of his painting, and there’s possible ways as to why he did so, being his hedonistic acts, being a prized beauty, or the state of his soul having affected him.

Overall Rating: 5 Out Of 5 Stars. I absolutely enjoyed this story very much. It made me quite emotional on the inside and think about what the differences between being praised by someone and being tempted by someone is life.

The One Chapter I Did Not Like: Might as well say it. I wasn’t a fan of Chapter 11, it was lengthy and went on to talk about other royalties and such, I almost wanted to skip the chapter because of it. But, despite me not enjoying the chapter, it was essential to the plot.

Version I Read: Censored. The censored version of the story has small homosexual undertones to it, but not really. It’s still kind of gay though. Apparently, the uncensored has “graphic homosexual scenes” between Lord Henry and Basil(?). Someone let me know if that’s true.

Also, Basil confesses to Dorian by saying this: “‘It is quite true I have worshipped you with far more romance of feeling than a man should ever give to a friend. Somehow I have never loved a woman’, Hallward tells Dorian, in one passage”

Would I Read It Again?: Yes, definitely. I’ll find the other version one day and also read his other work, “The Importance Of Being Earnest”, since I heard that’s pretty good.

Other than that, that’s all for this review!


EDIT: In the uncensored version of "Dorian Gray", there's about 27 paintings of Dorian, and Dorian has sex with Allan Campbell ( )
  Xftg133 | Jun 8, 2021 |
Not to my taste.

A clearer portrait of the author than his comedic plays, but not a pleasant one. Hedonism, cynicism, and melodramatic self-destructiveness were as much a part of Oscar as they are this work. I think the great reputation and broad dissemination of this book hurt it for me- I wasn't surprised by anything in it and I was expecting to be. ( )
  wishanem | May 27, 2021 |
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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.
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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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