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Teleny, or The Reverse of the Medal

3.66  ·  Rating Details ·  1,004 Ratings  ·  85 Reviews
Did Oscar Wilde write Teleny? Certainly, it has often been attributed to him, in whole or in part. It is a problem that has exercised bibliographers of "curiosa" since the first plublication of the 1883 edition, limited to 200 copies.

The lush prose of this classic of homosexual love has great similarities with that of The Picture of Dorian Grey. It recounts, in painfully g
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Paperback, Unexpurgated, 160 pages
Published 1995 by Wordsworth Classics (first published 1893)
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Alaina
Jul 08, 2012 Alaina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, queer
I really wanted to rate this book highly. The language is beautiful. It has a more-or-less coherent story arc. Both qualities are not what one expects in porn. Four stars for style.

Four stars for covering the bases, i.e. the basics of queer erotic life. He covers rape fantasies, masochism, voyeurism, and many more I'm sure I'm forgetting.

Four stars for capturing the essence of love in the Decadent style.

Minus MANY MANY stars for the horrendous, and to me inexplicable description of the rape of
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David
Mar 18, 2014 David rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
I seriously took my time before actually reviewing this on purpose. I just had to think about what on Earth I just read.

So lets go by parts:

- I was recommended this book because I was looking for gay characters to read about. As a straight guy with no gay-friends (at least not that I know of) I have little to no idea how exactly homosexual relationships work. However, for a story, I needed to add a gay character so off to research I went. The last books I remember to read with gay characters in
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Djrmel
Mar 29, 2009 Djrmel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Did Oscar Wilde write it? Who cares? You don't read this book because you want to check another title off your "I've read everything Oscar Wilde wrote" list. You read this book because it's a product of the times Oscar was living in. This is Victorian erotica/porn/literature! You'll learn just as much about the period from this book as anything written at that time, and along with the education, you'll get a few smiles and a few sniffles.
d
Apr 01, 2015 d rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Esta novela puede o no haber sido escrita por Oscar Wilde. Parece ser que esta es una obra colectiva, llevada a cabo por un grupo de pupilos, bajo el tutelaje wildeano. Lo que me apasiona de Wilde, esa frescura y escándalo, wit verbal de sus obras de teatro, aquí no aparece. La riqueza de las descripciones sí me recuerdan a su poesía y sus cuentos infantiles. Esto es una novela-fresco, donde la firma final ahora la atribuimos a un maestro. Lo que encuentro llamativo es su carácter colectivo, más ...more
João
Jan 07, 2013 João rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt, foreign-fiction
Camille de Grieux apaixona-se por René Teleny, um pianista com quem estabelece uma relação quase metafísica quando o ouve pela primeira vez num concerto de beneficência. Tenta resistir à paixão que o assola, mas não consegue, e cai nos braços do pianista, com o qual tem sessões prolongadas de sexo tórrido. Mas não sente vergonha ou aversão por se ter apaixonado por outro homem: "Sentia-me alegre, contente, feliz. Teleny era meu amante e eu dele. Longe de sentir vergonha pelo meu crime, apetecia- ...more
Contra
Jan 29, 2009 Contra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit that I AM a prude. I found this book a little embarrassing to read in public, but once I started, I really couldn't stop. It is an erotic novel, but it is extremely well-written. The book isn't quite in Oscar Wilde's style, but that can be attributed to the fact that he supposedly wrote this with several others.

The characters were well-developed, and I found the main character, Camille Des Grieux, extremely sweet. It seemed to me in the beginning like the two characters had been
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Teresa
Feb 07, 2012 Teresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: n-irlanda, e4
“Teleny” é um clássico da literatura erótica, publicado pela primeira vez em 1893, e cuja autoria é atribuida a Oscar Wilde.
Conta a história de amor entre o jovem Camille De Grieux e um pianista hungaro, René Teleny.
É um livro de uma grande beleza e riqueza literária.
No entanto, e porque se trata de um romance erótico de natureza homossexual, para poder ser devidamente apreciado é necessário ter “ligeireza” de mente.
Gostei muito!
David Corvine
There is no evidence that Oscar Wilde had any part in the writing of this novel. It appears to be the work of several authors. In parts it's a homosexual love story in others it's low grade Victorian porn. Seems to have been influenced in part by Dorian Gray and The Marquis De Sade. Really it is only significant is as a literary curio.
Maria Thomarey
Χωρίς να είναι σίγουρη η πατρότητα του έργου και το ποιος ηταν ο συγγραφέας ......
Benjamin
Of disputed authorship (some theories are perhaps as intersting than the book itself), if nothing else it is certainly well written. For its time it must have been quite shocking, possibly having a limited readership among a select group. The story follows the explicit love affair between the narrator and a concert pianist, although there are quite a few erotic diversions involving various combinations of the sexes.

While it reads well, and as erotic literature goes is way above much of today's o
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Amai
Mar 09, 2013 Amai rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read Teleny for my Finnish assignment for controversial literature. I had been intrigued to read it before, and this was a good chance to kill two birds, even if it meant I had to read the translated version. I read some of the original on the side as well but I have to say that this was one of the rare occasions where the narrative actually benefittd from the translation – albeit it made the dialogue a little corny, but I don't count that because it's mainly due to cultural differences and oc ...more
Joan Sebastián Araujo Arenas
Sigue sin gustarme la posibilidad de Wilde haya realmente escrito esto. No niego que podría haber colaborado en algunas partes de la historia, pero el producto final es tan divisible, cambiante, incompleto e imperfecto, que no pareciera siquiera que él haya podido estructurar una historia así.

Ya dije la otra vez que ni siquiera El retrato de Dorian Gray tiene una buena historia ―en cuanto al ǵenero novelístico respecta―, y que, lo que siempre atrae a cualquiera, son los diálogos en los que part
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Yenny
Jan 06, 2015 Yenny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, glbt, classics
¡¿QUÉ CON ESE FINAL?!

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Tengo muchas cosas que decir sobre este libro pero me guardaré los comentarios porque en este momento estoy muy perturbada con el final junto con otros aspectos como el morboso acercamiento detallado hacia una violación y muchos otros temas de carácter excesivamente oscuro abarcados en este escrito.

La exploración a profundidad de la sexualidad, la concepción del sexo cargado de controversia y su percepción moralmente inaceptable desde la época victoriana hacen de este libro
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Ale
Jan 31, 2014 Ale rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Si han leído un libro sin saber de qué va a tratar me entenderán.
Cuando encontré este libro me atreví a leerlo porque no había leído más cosas de Oscar Wilde y le di oportunidad al libro.
Comencé la lectura y me topé con muchísimas metáforas (cosa que me encanta) y con una relación homosexual. Sí, de eso va el libro.
En las sociedades antiguas los enamorados del mismo sexo debían, por sobre todas las cosas, ocultar su amor ante los demás. Hoy en día estas relaciones son más aceptadas por algunas
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Rowan
Nov 16, 2013 Rowan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: scholars of Victorian porn
The result of a Round Robin writing effort (which may or may not have included Oscar Wilde, but I highly doubt it because Wilde can actually write), Teleny makes for a very uneven read. It's highly repetitive, but I suppose that is the nature of erotica (though I must commend these characters for their stamina). The book is interesting as a cultural document, not so interesting as a novel. Whoever wrote the last section deserves to be slapped for inserting, in such a heavy handed manner, so many ...more
Phillip
Jul 28, 2011 Phillip rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall I enjoyed the book. It was very graphic, and so not for the faint of heart. And by graphic I don't mean necessarily in the gaudy macabre way that a gorefest movie is graphic, but in the more sophisticated late 19th century way, where sexual or violent acts exist in sharp contrast to heightened language and luxurious prose style ment to mimic the surroundings of the leisure classes during that period. However, my initial impression of the book was unfavorable, because the author (supposed ...more
Julie Rylie
Sep 19, 2014 Julie Rylie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Homosexual tragic love tale. its full of emotions, deep ones. Im sure he was crucified by this book, even though all and all it is just a love story that had everything to go right but tragically, it went wrong. The main character is madly in love with Teleny and they share a beautiful love story. ...more
Joji Grey
Nov 19, 2012 Joji Grey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
One of the only erotic novels I will ever read over and over again. It is as tragic as it is spellbinding. Perfectly placed descriptions and gruesome detail in the best and worst places. One of my top 5 favourite books ever written.
Ismael
Mar 19, 2016 Ismael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Creo que fue un error haber leído este libro pues ahora tardará mucho en que exista uno que sea tan bueno como para superarlo y dejarme satisfecho como éste lo hizo.
La Mala ✌
La mejor ficción erótica de la historia (si no es la mejor, al menos está entre las cinco mejores) . Perdí la cuenta de cuántas veces le releí.
Sandi
Jan 03, 2017 Sandi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So the story is that Oscar Wilde dropped off this manuscript with a bookseller, where it was picked up by another person, dropped back off, picked back up by another person, and so on until edited by its publisher to alter its setting and perhaps remove any other incriminating details. The bookseller (who claims that he took a peek at the draft while it was in progress) reported that the manuscript was a mess of multiple handwriting and editing, indicating that it was a collaborative effort, per ...more
Carla Marques
Uma história de amor proibida e trágica entre Camille e René (dois homens) que na época era proibido, apesar de em certos círculos existirem festas/encontros para se poder explorar esse amor.
Não achei o livro nada de especial, apesar de para a época é um livro bastante avançado.
Opinião completa em: http://aviciadadoslivros.blogspot.pt/...
Micha
Arguably the most famous 19th-century queer erotica, but definitely not the best! Reading this has given me a better sense of where something like Sins of the Cities of the Plain stands, which I had not originally been able to give a rating to. This one was attributed to Oscar Wilde and his circle which is why it is well-known, but his affiliation with it is a bit dubious and I'd rather dissociate him from it now that I've read it in full. For pornography it is really not good. The focus is real ...more
TwinFitzgeraldKirkland
May 14, 2013 TwinFitzgeraldKirkland rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: narrativa
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Nicolas Baygert
Ce texte sulfureux demeuré longtemps en clandestinité, d’abord nourri de contributions multiples et finalement repris dans son intégralité par Wilde pénètre dans les soubassements libidineux et craintes intimes du célèbre dandy.



Présenté comme une étude physiologiste, Teleny dépeint la complétude du génie musagète ; l’attirance quasi surnaturelle – télépathique – entre deux êtres que l’on croirait issu du mythe d’Aristophane, qui depuis leur première confrontation, ne cherchent qu’à s'enlacer da
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Chris
Feb 11, 2017 Chris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: default, fiction, queer
Victorian gay erotic romance is not a large sub-genre. This makes Teleny, first published in 1893, a fascinating artefact, if not (alas) a terribly good novel. The text is often lush and literate, littered with allusions to contemporary poetry and Classical mythology, but also deeply shallow - both in character and plot - following the worst impulses of aesthetic fiction. And that's before you get to the bizarre rape sequence. And strange, almost repugnant, descriptions of the main character try ...more
André Benjamim
Teleny ou O Reverso da Medalha, de Oscar Wilde. Durante anos pensei que já tinha lido tudo o que Oscar Wilde escrevera. Porque razão esta obra me passou ao lado não sei bem. Talvez porque nunca me interessou por aí além a vida dos escritores, mas tão-só a suas obras. Talvez por isso esta obra de Oscar Wilde tenha para mim permanecido no limbo do desconhecido. Porém, de cada vez que entro numa livraria ou alfarrabista, lá vou ver dos meus autores dilectos, ainda que saiba de antemão que não vou e ...more
André Benjamim
Teleny ou O Reverso da Medalha, de Oscar Wilde. Durante anos pensei que já tinha lido tudo o que Oscar Wilde escrevera. Porque razão esta obra me passou ao lado não sei bem. Talvez porque nunca me interessou por aí além a vida dos escritores, mas tão-só a suas obras. Talvez por isso esta obra de Oscar Wilde tenha para mim permanecido no limbo do desconhecido. Porém, de cada vez que entro numa livraria ou alfarrabista, lá vou ver dos meus autores dilectos, ainda que saiba de antemão que não vou e ...more
Bianca
Feb 28, 2012 Bianca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was definitely a better read than Sins of the Cities of the Plain. There was more of a plot going on, for one thing, even if I already knew how it was going to end before I read it (that's the problem with stupid websites selling you books and spoiling you! *pout*) - it didn't matter much in the end, because it made me pick up on the lovely dramatic irony a lot better, so that was good.
The language and register was a lot different from Sins of... too, definitely a very 'aesthete' book, thou
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Maria in the 16th century
I confess I've drunk this book like water and I've found it fascinating in many ways. It is by no means a polished "final" product, as a single author work might be. I do believe that it was the product of joint authorship and it is indeed polyphonic, with different writing styles, different views on both gay and heterosexual relations and sex, and an impassioned defence of the right for men to love each other against the restrictions of the late 19th century. The story itself is at times outrag ...more
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Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish playwright, poet and author of numerous short stories and one novel. Known for his biting wit, and a plentitude of aphorisms, he became one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian era in London, and one of the greatest celebrities of his day. Several of his plays continue to be widely performed, especially The Importance of Being E ...more
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