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The Picture of Dorian Gray

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Dorian Gray is a beautiful yet corrupt man. When he wishes that a perfect portrait of himself would bear the signs of ageing in his place, the picture becomes his hideous secret, as it follows Dorian's own downward spiral into cruelty and depravity.

Enthralled by his own exquisite portrait, Dorian Gray exchanges his soul for eternal youth and beauty. Influenced by his frien...more
Paperback, 241 pages
Published July 1st 2012 by Penguin Books (first published 1890)
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Mert i do hate it most of the time also, as it shows what i desire and what i can't reach

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Arguably literature's greatest study of shallowness, vanity, casual cruelty and hedonistic selfishness, Wilde lays it down here with ABSOLUTE PERFECTION!! This was my first experience in reading Oscar Wilde and the man’s gift for prose and dialogue is magical. This story read somewhat like a dark, corrupted Jane Austen in that the writing was snappy and pleasant on the ear, but the feeling it left you with was one of hopelessness and despair.

The level of cynicism and societal disregard that Wi...more
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Oh Dorian. Oh Dorian.

When I first read this book in the fruitless years of my youth I was excited, overwhelmed and a blank slate (as Dorian is, upon his first encounter with Lord Henry) easily molded, persuaded, influenced, etc.

Certain Wildisms (Wildeisms?) would take my breath away. Would become my mottos to believe in. To follow. To live.

Lines like:

"It is silly of you, for there is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about."

"But beauty, real...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
The Picture of Dorian Gray is a hard book to review. After reading such eloquent, beautiful, and rich writing, I am at a loss for how to command my comparatively paltry ability to use words to express how I felt about this book.

Forgive me as I go back to AP English for a few moments. I asked myself what were the themes of this novel. Here is my list:

The triumph on senses over reason

I will attempt to build my review, in part, around the discussion of these t...more
This is another of those books I’ve been meaning to read for ages and kept putting off. Although I’ve a particularly good reason for putting this one off, as a very good friend of mine, who died a couple of years ago, spoke to me about this book and I was worried that might make it hard to read for quite other reasons.

He said that when he read this book as a young man it made him certain that he was not homosexual. Now, that in itself was enough to make me curious about the book. This is a book...more
Emily May
"The sitter is merely the accident, the occasion. It is not he who is revealed by the painter; it is rather the painter who, on the coloured canvas, reveals himself. The reason I will not exhibit this picture is that I am afraid that I have shown in it the secret of my own soul."

And so begins this tale of art and sin. I would highly recommend first watching the movie Wilde starring the wonderful Stephen Fry, it is a film which takes the audience on a journey through the life of the tormented wr...more
Nov 03, 2012 Jonathan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: classic readers, those who enjoy morals

The Picture of Dorian Gray could also be titled A Portrait of the Human Soul, for in his dark and tragic commentary Oscar Wilde spares no liberties in discussing morality, religion, society and the depths of the human condition. It is a deeply moving and inspired novel centering around the defining power of art. It is not an easy novel to read with its dark elements. For in paying heed to Dorian Gray's demise one is drawn into a reflection of their own spiritual condition.

For those who have no i...more
I don't know what I was quite expecting here. It's a psychological horror story with a lot of comic relief, in the form of the endless witty paradoxes. After page 30 you are thinking that if Lord Henry makes just one more crack you're going to knock his monocle off his family crest and grind it underfoot. Oscar often clearly thinks he's being hilarious with his wit with a capital W – and maybe it's me, but Oscar Wilde often sounds like a parody of Oscar Wilde, like in the Monty Python sketch

"My dear Jordan!" said Lord Rayner expansively, as the butler discreetly closed the door behind his young visitor. "Really, it is too good to see you again! And what brings you to Cambridge?"

"Oh, this and that," said the lad, flinging himself casually onto a priceless Ikea divan. "By the way, has there been some mistake in the casting? I thought I was female?"

"Well, since we're doing Dorian Gray, I hoped you would have no objection to reversing your gender," said his host. "And besides, is there...more

Funny how books are moulded by the circumstances in which they have been read.

In Dorian Gray, some of its aspects are very easy to grasp and do not need great explanations.

For example, Wilde’s epigrammatic style is so very distinct. I have had a lot of fun selecting quotes and peppered with them my reading progress.

His sentences are like small diamonds. They can be held and set against the light and moved around so that their different facets will shine and reflect the world around them. They a...more
Moral degradation follows moisturiser use.
Nurkastelia A.
Aug 05, 2007 Nurkastelia A. rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: eveyone!!
Shelves: must-read
What more can be said about The Picture of Dorian Gray than the fact it is a marvelous book? Although this is the only novel Oscar Wilde had ever written, I think by far this is one of the finest and most enchanting classic novels there are. I was completely in awe after reading it the first time and still too in awe to even start a review now.

The Picture of Dorian Gray begins with an unusual look of a man –from another man’s eyes (Basil Hallward). I’ve never thought homosexual issues could be l...more
K.D. Absolutely
Jul 03, 2011 K.D. Absolutely rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006-2010); Filipinos Group Read for July 2011
Shelves: 1001-core, 501, classics
My third time to read an Oscar Wilde’s work and I still like it. However, I prefer the first two: De Profundis (Out of the Dephts) and The Happy Prince and Other Stories. I liked his poignant and brilliant lamentations in the first and his adept and crisp storytelling in the 12 short stories in the second. Those two reasons, in my opinion, are not here in his only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray.

This tells the story of a strikingly handsome young man, Dorian Gray that is badly influenced by ar...more
Be careful what you wish for.

Dorian Gray is an irresistibly handsome (and utterly selfish) socialite concerned with superficialities of the ego: appearance, beauty, passion, youth and image. Upon getting his portrait painted by a friend, Gray expresses his desire to remain as young and handsome as he is in the picture, while the portrait instead be the one to age.

As it turns out, his wish is realized. As Gray enters deeper into a life of sin and crime, he remains young and physically unaffected...more
Aug 03, 2007 Jason rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the well-read and those who claim to be
Shelves: favorites
I am not sure whether this novel is so perfect I should wish Wilde had written more, or whether this novel is so perfect I should be grateful it stands alone.

Wilde was an aesthete? This is a work of aestheticism? Hardly. The Picture of Dorian Gray is a gripping and sincere morality tale, told with beauty, and about beauty, but ultimately driven by the quasi-Gothic nightmare that rests beneath all that is beautiful in the book and all that is said about the pursuit of beauty by its primary charac...more
Henry Avila
"A face without a heart", so said Shakespeare in Hamlet. But it applies to the portrait of Dorian Gray, more readily.When the young gentleman Dorian Gray.From a wealthy aristocratic family.In Victorian England.Has his picture completed. Something is missing.Basil Hallward,the painter senses it.And insists that no one, sees his greatest work.But a few people...The witty Lord Henry Watton,Dorian's soon to be best friend. Seems amused.A shy artist!All three are fascinated by the painting.Discussing...more
Litchick (is stuck in the 19th century)
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If you haven’t read this book, you should. It's hands down the most quotable novel I have ever read. In my paperback version of it you can barely discern the print through all the cramped notes I’ve stuffed int...more
Mike (the Paladin)
I have been meaning to read this book for...maybe 40 or 50 years, closer to 40 I suppose. It's one of those classics that you always mean to get to. I just never had.

Like many people (I suppose) my knowledge of Oscar Wilde is fairly sketchy and mostly surface. It's the kind of thing you get from quotes and literary sketches. This book made me a little more curious about the famous rebel.

Most people, even those who haven't read the novel will be aware of the background story here. Dorian Gray in...more
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Oct 30, 2013 Stacia (the 2010 club) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Stacia (the 2010 club) by: Buddy read on Booklikes
To influence a person is to give him one's own soul.

It's times like these when I'm glad that I rate books apples-to-apples. If the exact same characters from The Picture of Dorian Gray had shown up in a modern day book, I might have considered pulling a DNF. But I am glad that I stuck with it because now I have no more excuses to put off making a beautiful-word-porn shelf.

I was surprised to find quotes in here that I'd seen many times before, but had never attached to a specific work. I was s...more
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التقييم 5/5

بعد أن قرأتها للمرة الأولى قبل سنتين, اشتقت لقراءتها مرة أخرى خصوصا بعد صدور الفيلم الشهير بنفس اسم الرواية ومشاهدتي له. سأتحدث عن الرواية نفسها وعن الفيلم.

تدور أحداث الرواية حول 3 شخصيات رئيسية.. وهي عن الرسام "بازيل" واللورد "هنري" والشاب "دوريان غراي". يقوم الرسام برسم الشاب وتصويره بشكل فاتن, فيُذهل الشاب بصورته وتبدأ أحداث الرواية.

(لن أتطرق لأي أحداث أو مفسدات للرواية.. فقط رأيي الشخصي بعد قرائتها)

عندما قرأتها للمرة الأولى لم تعجبني كثيرا لأني كنت أتوقع منه...more
At a dinner party, Wilde is supposed to have admired some other guest's bon mot, commenting "I wish I had said that" to which host and prominant painter James McNeil Whistler replied: "You will Oscar, you will." Though often quoted as a great wit, Wilde was more imitator than innovator, which explains his praise of critics over artists.

No book better represents Wilde's social and economic reasons for this position than 'Dorian Gray'. Though he is writing a novel, Wilde maintains a disconnect bet...more
"The artist is the creator of beautiful things.
To reveal art and conceal the artist is art's aim.
The critic is he who can translate into another manner or a new material his impression of beautiful things.
The highest, as the lowest, form of criticism is a mode of autobiography.
Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault.
Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope.
They are the elect t...more
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EDIT: I suspect this will be my last review on Goodreads. Oh, I'll probably still use the site to keep track of my readings, lists, etc. but i won't be writing any reviews for Goodreads to censor/use-for-their-own-profit-without-remunerating-me-in-the-slightest. They've lost the trust necessary for that relationship, and if I'm going to be told what I can and cannot say in my writings, what opinions I can and cannot hold or express, then I'm going to expect payment. The think-tanks oblige me in...more
“He was always late on principle, his principle being that punctuality is the thief of time.”

"We praise the banker that we may overdraw our account, and find good qualities in the highwayman in the hope that he may spare our pockets. I mean everything that I have said. I have the greatest contempt for optimism. As for a spoiled life, no life is spoiled but one whose growth is arrested. If you want to mar a nature, you have merely to reform it."
Words to live by. LOL! This is surely the most quot...more

«¿Qué provecho logra un hombre que gana el mundo entero y pierde su propia alma?.»

En The Picture of Dorian Gray nos encontramos con una historia que te sorprende. A pesar de ser un libro que parece ser aburrido, no lo es en absoluto. Mucha gente opina de dos formas sobre este libro: Muy bueno o aburrido como el infierno. Si sos de las personas que se aburren al comenzar y ves que a través de los capítulos no lográs conectar con la historia, te va a resultar una lectura muy pesada. En cambio,...more
Jul 27, 2008 Werner rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of supernatural fiction, and 19th-century fiction
Wilde deliberately cultivated the public persona of a cynical, amoral hedonist, much like the character of Henry Wotton here; but there are indications in some of his writings that his real attitude towards faith and virtue was more approving than he let on (he eventually converted, very late in life, to Roman Catholicism). This novel could serve as exhibit A for that premise: the deformity and ugliness that comes to Dorian's portrait is not primarily caused by physical changes, but by spiritual...more
This book exceeded all expectations. When I was halfway through, I was skeptical, because it was clearly just a vain boy with a love interest who's suicide was like so many tragic love stories told before.
But Dorian Gray, his character development was the most dynamic I've ever read through. First off, Oscar Wilde's philosophies, mainly portrayed by Lord Henry's character and countered by Dorian Gray, were thought provoking and wonderful. There were times when he went of on tangents that were u...more
19th century people do funny things. For example, the males characters are constantly picking out flowers for their 'buttonholes'. And not just any flower, but colour and specie specific orchid. Heavy floor length curtain was popular (think about it, they didn't have that many windows back then, so the interior would be pretty gloomy most of the time). Hot chocolate is consumed before coffee as breakfast (and not just for children). They also faint easily (maybe it's the chocolate feast). I'm al...more
Jan 13, 2012 Shovelmonkey1 rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the young and the restless
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: 1001 books list
This book rockets right into my top ten books from the 1001 books to read before you die list. Oscar Wilde I salute you.

Lord Henry Wotton is a charming man-about-town with a potent selection of pithy one liners which he uses as to combat the impending threat of social ennui. Despite having no obvious talents he enjoys surrounding himself with talented people and beautiful things. Through his friendship with artist Basil Hallward he encounters the youthful and perfectly formed Dorian Gray. Dorian...more
Originally I wasn't going to review this (if you're observant then you've probably noticed that I read this back in early April), but I recently decided to watch the latest movie adaptation despite the fact that the book was rather meh for me. What can I say, Ben Barnes naked the movie inspired me.

At the start of the novel Dorian Gray is young and just as gullible as you can imagine. But he's got his whole life ahead of him and the good looks and charm to insure him at least some messure of happ...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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