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El retrato de Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

El retrato de Dorian Gray (original 1890; edition 2010)

by Oscar Wilde, Mauro Armiño (Editor)

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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.
Title:El retrato de Dorian Gray
Authors:Oscar Wilde
Other authors:Mauro Armiño (Editor)
Info:Madrid : Espasa Libros, 2010.
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The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (1890)

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I must admit: it did not grab me as his other works, nor as I expected it should. I wish to be Lord Henry. ( )
  AlunStokes | May 17, 2022 |
Unbearable characters. ( )
  tonimeter | May 13, 2022 |
Dorian Gray was the LibraryThing book club read in January 2014. Here I compile (and lightly redact) my comments from that activity:

1) About 5 chapters in, it's hard to imagine how this book will be very haunting, what with Lord Henry cracking wise every few seconds. It's like a Gothic novel written by Groucho Marx.

2) "Ho, ho," I thought, "Criticizing authors for being wordy is like criticizing Mozart for using too many notes." I mean, the more words we can get from masters of the language, the better, right? Then I got to Chapter 11 of Dorian Gray. It's the most blatant example of padding I've ever encountered in a classic novel. It's the literary equivalent of reading the phone book into the record during a filibuster.

3) The edition I'm reading has sparse footnotes in chapters 1 through 10, and then about 200 footnotes in chapter 11. As I recall, some of those footnotes pinpoint the exhibit catalogs and merchant catalogs that Wilde seemed to be using when writing chapter 11. It reminds me of Capote's quip: "That's not writing: that's typing." IMO, chapter 11 is bankrupt of literary worth. (Sorry.)

4) Geez, take it easy on the furniture!

"And Lord Henry flung himself down on the divan and opened his cigarette-case." (Chapter 2)

"Lord Henry flung himself into a large wicker arm-chair and watched him." (Chapter 2)

"The hot tears welled into his eyes; he tore his hand away and, flinging himself on the divan, he buried his face in the cushions, as though he was praying." (Chapter 2)

"As the door closed behind them, the painter flung himself down on a sofa, and a look of pain came into his face." (Chapter 2)

"Then he lit a cigarette and flung himself down on the sofa." (Chapter 4)

"He flung himself down on the sofa and turned away his face." (Chapter 7)

"He threw himself into a chair and began to think." (Chapter 7)

"Then he rose from the table, lit a cigarette, and flung himself down on a luxuriously cushioned couch that stood facing the screen." (Chapter 8)

"He went towards the little, pearl-coloured octagonal stand that had always looked to him like the work of some strange Egyptian bees that wrought in silver, and taking up the volume, flung himself into an arm-chair and began to turn over the leaves." (Chapter 10)

"'What is it all about?' cried Dorian in his petulant way, flinging himself down on the sofa." (Chapter 12)

"Then he flung himself into the rickety chair that was standing by the table and buried his face in his hands." (Chapter 13)

"He sent him to bed, and threw himself down on the sofa in the library, and began to think over some of the things that Lord Henry had said to him." (Chapter 20)

5) When I mentioned the sources that Wilde seemed to be using while writing chapter 11, I was apparently being too generous. That he copied verbatim from various books on embroideries, tapestries, gemstones, etc., is apparently well-documented, in particular in the OUP edition of his complete works.

6) "A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies."

Note that this is a truism, with one word replaced by its antonym. This is also the formula Wilde (allegedly) used in: "One must have a heart of stone to read the death of little Nell without laughing." In general, Wilde's one-liners seem formulaic to me. Just as (according to Monty Python) an argument is not the automatic gainsaying of any statement the other person makes, wit requires more than the inversion of bromides.

7) By the way, on the topic of Oscar Wilde, formulaic witticisms, and Monty Python, there's a Python sketch that starts out:

"The Prince of Wales: Ah, my congratulations, Wilde. Your play is a great success. The whole of London's talking about you.

Oscar Wilde: Your highness, there is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.

(There follows fifteen seconds of restrained and sycophantic laughter)

The Prince of Wales: Oh, very witty, Wilde . . . very, very witty.

James McNeill Whistler: There is only one thing in the world worse than being witty, and that is not being witty.

(Fifteeen more seconds of the same)

Oscar Wilde: I wish I had said that, Whistler.

James McNeill Whistler: Ah, you will, Oscar, you will.

(more laughter)

Oscar Wilde: Your Highness, do you know James McNeill Whistler?

The Prince of Wales: Yes, we've played squash together.

Oscar Wilde: There is only one thing worse than playing squash together, and that is playing it by yourself.


Oscar Wilde: I wish I hadn't said that.

James McNeill Whistler: But you did, Oscar, you did." ( )
  cpg | May 11, 2022 |
This was so interesting and different ! It has a really bold statements but it is normal for the time it was written. Really good read. ( )
  Hanna_Rybchynska | Apr 29, 2022 |
A man is obsessed with his youth dies after destroying the one thing keeping him young. ( )
  caanderson | Feb 27, 2022 |
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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.
[Preface] The artist is the creator of beautiful things.
'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.
The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.
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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.
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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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