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4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful decadence, 28 Dec 2000
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Huysmans' novel inspired Wilde's archetypal narcissist Dorian Gray, with its (then) shocking portrayal of a self indulgent, effete aristocrat whose life is little more than a series of pleasure-seeking experiments. This anti-hero, Des Esseintes, was the definitive aesthete, inspiring many Modernist authors with his perpetual ennui. The book itself combines a peculiarly inactive plot with a thorough exploration of the senses, and is essential reading for the Wilde enthusiast or fan of unusual, sparkling fiction. Its only downfall is its tendency towards obscurity, particularly in passages related to ancient Latin literature. Huysman's commentary on early Modernist art and attitudes is fascinating however, which compensates for any dry academic failings.
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