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The Collected Works of Oscar Wilde (Special Editions)
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 16 July 2008
This rating is only for the paperback version not the text itself. The quality of this version is so horrible that I can not even read it and have to buy the hardcover version. Don't make the same misstake I did!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 18 June 1999
It's not really necessary to say that Wilde is one of the best authors ever. His works are obligatory to any serious reader's bookshelf. If you are not a native English speaker, it's also a good fountain of vocabulary and "Brit" wit. Well done Oscar, wherever you are!
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on 19 July 2012
I read De Profundis. If you haven't already, you should too. It's stunning - an incredibly moving, profound and beautifully written piece of prose. Wilde, languishing alone in Reading Gaol, approaching the end of his two-year sentence for gross indecency, is writing to Lord Alfred Douglas, the vain, empty-headed, upper-crust young man whose outrageous, selfish behaviour brought him to ruin. In his letter, Wilde talks of the misery and shame he has endured since his conviction and imprisonment. He talks of his mistakes and regrets, of the 'revolting scandal' that led to his downfall, of the effect that his disgrace has had on his family. And he talks too, brilliantly and with heartbreaking clarity, of the love and humility and wisdom that he has found in his suffering. "Where there is Sorrow there is holy ground," Wilde tells his former lover, whose arrogance and stupidity he has long since forgiven. "Some day you will realise what that means. You will know nothing of life till you do."
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 20 October 1998
Whoa! I was totally unfamiliar with the works of Oscar Wilde, until I bought this one on a friend's recommendation. It's huuuuuge, yet incredibly beautiful. Dorian Gray must be one of the greatest stories ever told, his poems are razor-sharp, his letters not less, and every line he comes up with is quotable. If you want to make sure you don't miss a thing, this is the book to get (and try his biography, especially the part about the trial).
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on 23 May 2015
This review is more about the product it self than about the contents. I mean, we all know Oscar Wilde, it's a big classic and people who buy it usually know what they do.
SO, the book i received is the not the one showed : the cover is different. But it really doesn't matter because it's still nice. The inside contents are well presented, nice and cosy to read.
It arrived quickly and in perfect condition. Thumbs up !
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on 22 April 2011
I bought this used and it was in good condition and at a very good price. I didn't read the plays, but apart from those I found the compilation extremely worthwhile reading.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 30 August 1999
This novel is a turbulant explanation of the ruined life of a man who has escaped any physical ramifications of sin. Dorian Gray's body and face go untouched by the nightmarish double-life he leads, while his portrait is changed by every wrong. The main question I had after reading it was whether someone would feel emotionally the effects of sin if he didn't feel them physically. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who is young or remembers being so, for this work explores the wonders and miseries of youth.
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on 15 September 2014
A very clever, witty writer which played a part in his downfall. Good book, well packed and enjoyable piece of literature.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 12 March 1999
This book has got to be one of my absolute favourite books in my library. Wilde's works are witty and supurb. I would highly recommend this book to anyone. Especially those not fermiliar with Wilde's work.
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on 27 December 2012
Haven't read all of the stories/plays yet but I do like his work. Nice that it's all in one book.
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