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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." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
An easy read beautifully crafted, one wishes Wilde had written more literature in the novel form. It has been a while since I read it last, but enjoyed it just as much the second... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Michael Murray
An excellent classic updated by it's cover - great for a collection.Published 16 days ago by Mrs. S. Broccoli
Extremely creepy in places. This novel tells the tale of Dorian's descent from idle rich life, after he falls in love with the image of himself in a portrait and, wishing to remain... Read morePublished 21 days ago by jennifer shaw
Finally published in April 1891 ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ must rank as one of the literary masterpieces of the late 19th century. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Terry D