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Enjoyed the book but......
, 7 Jan. 2012
This review is from: The Picture of Dorian Gray (Kindle Edition)
I enjoyed the book but, ultimately, it does not work as a novel. The basic idea behind "The Picture of Dorian Gray" is a good one but Wilde fails to develop it into anything more than an homage to his own cleverness with words. Basically, there is no real plot, no real development of the main characters and no real comment on the human condition. The terrible and, one assumes, hedonistic acts that Gray is supposed to have committed are not mentioned other than by allusion, yet the author descibes in great detail the many objects owned by Gray - to the extent that parts of the book read like a catalogue for a sale at Christie's. Perhaps it would have worked better as a play given that much of the dialogue reads like a script. Certainly no literary classic in the mould of Dickens, Stevenson or Scott.
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