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The Picture of Dorian Gray (Illustrated) [Kindle Edition]

Oscar Wilde , ICU Publishing
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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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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1092 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: ICU Publishing (5 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006THMZN8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #263,235 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A chilling tale with a contemporary tone. 9 Aug 2011
By Michael
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I enjoyed this read - my first on a Kindle. It was easy to view, and some good illustrations. 'Dorian Gray' is full of philosophical allusions, and tells a tale of narcisism and the kind of self-destruction that we see in our contemporary celeb culture. It reminds me of tv armchair thrillers which were popular in the 70's. Would highly recommend it as an intro to Wilde's writings. It's strongest point are the witticisms and aphorisms.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spell binding! 22 Jan 2014
By sherri arch - Published on Amazon.com
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Heard about this book...just a tiny excerpt...drew me in and I have enjoyed every moment. Full of suspense and I use the audible ...Love it !
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3.0 out of 5 stars AN OLD MOVIE 4 Oct 2013
By DenC - Published on Amazon.com
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DECIDED TO READ THIS BOOK BECAUSE I HAD SEEN THE MOVIE DECADES AGO AND DIDN'T REMEMBER THE ENDING.
IT GAVE AN INDEPTH REVIEW OF CHARACTERS AND TIME PERIOD. THE AUTHOR DID RAMBLE ON IN A FEW CHAPTERS
ABOUT THE RICHES THAT WERE DORIAN GRAY'S THRU THE YEARS, WHICH COULD HAVE BEEN LEFT OUT WITHOUT TAKING AWAY FROM THE STORY. OTHER THAN THAT IT WAS AN ENJOYABLE READ!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Revisiting the classics 26 April 2013
By Abigail Adams "Sydney" - Published on Amazon.com
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I would recommend this book to anyone who is curious about 19th century aristocracy. To be born and live during this time was to be either of the upper or the lower class of people. If in fact, the portrayal of these characters was representative of true actions and beliefs, then society was really in a poor state. I found the chapters to be redundant with constant repetition of the same idea almost as though the author was paid by the number of words per chapter. Too bad, as the premise of "selling your soul to the devil" makes for an interesting topic. What would you do to live a special life free from getting old? We are introduced to the consequence and the mental anguish that the main character suffers. It shows us that "we don't always know what is best for us and that we must be careful of what we wish for? This was a book club selection or I would not have otherwise finished it. I had read it when I was very young, revisiting it, I found that my impression of it had changed dramatically therefore I could only give it 3 stars.
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2.0 out of 5 stars cover 24 May 2013
By Laura A. Bagby - Published on Amazon.com
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The cover on this book is beautiful! I was already somewhat familiar with this story but it is too long. I quit reading about one-third of the way through.
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