Set in the deliciously dark late 19th century, Victorian-era England, The Picture of Dorian Gray is a classic gothic tale of morality and yet modern in its writing and themes.
It is a dark, cynical and philosophical read – and I could not put it down.
Enthralled by his own exquisite portrait, Dorian Gray exchanges his soul for eternal youth and beauty. Influenced by his friend Lord Henry Wotton, he is drawn into a corrupt double life, indulging his desires in secret while remaining a gentleman in the eyes of critical Victorian society.
Only his portrait bears the traces of his decadence.
Wilde said the 3 main characters are reflections of himself. “Basil Hallward is what I think I am: Lord Henry is what the world thinks of me: Dorian is what I would like to be—in other ages, perhaps.”
Oscar Wilde only wrote one novel: The Picture of Dorian Gray. Now an enduring classic, it tends to make a lot of books-to-read-before-you-die lists. And I tend to agree. Read it!
The horror, whatever it was, had not yet entirely spoiled that marvellous beauty.
The books that the world calls immoral, are books that show the world its own shame.
MY RATING: 5/5
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