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3.0 out of 5 stars A good story, but ..., 26 May 2012
This review is from: The Picture of Dorian Gray (Wordsworth Classics) (Paperback)
This is the first time that I have read anything of Oscar Wilde, other than his multitude of witty and sometimes incisive epigrams. I suppose that I was expecting great literature but, in this respect, it was sadly disappointing. The story is good but, as it is so well known, was hardly gripping and the bulk of the writing is (boringly) devoted to the self-indulgent philosophies of the main characters, namely Dorian Gray himself and his mentor Lord Henry, both of whom are deeply flawed. For me, the novel just represents an opportunity for Wilde to express his own thoughts and philosophies and to reflect his fixation with aristocracy, the upper classes and the idle rich in general. I have gone on to try to read other works by Wilde but have abandoned it, finding no great merit and no depth, but just a repetition of the same themes. I suspect that, had it not been for his trial and punishment (which he deliberately brought upon himself), Wilde would have sunk without trace in the annals of English literature.
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Initial post: 5 Jun 2012 17:27:59 BDT
have you not read the plays - he was a fairly decent dramatist y'know!

Posted on 10 Jul 2012 19:51:25 BDT
R Bushell says:
"which he deliberately brought upon himself" He was called a sodomite and he sued for liable - In Victorian London, being gay was a crime - he was defending himself.
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