I read this is one setting. It's refreshing to get a hold of a retelling that actually changes up the plot in a new way. This book definitely keeps thI read this is one setting. It's refreshing to get a hold of a retelling that actually changes up the plot in a new way. This book definitely keeps the reader wondering, which is always good! I'm very glad that I read this book before watching the movie, Catherine Hardwicke was right about the story being too broad for a movie. I only wished that it was written better. The plot seemed shaky at points, and I never felt like I got the whole picture. I would have liked more....more
Honestly... this book was completely worthless. It didn't make for a good ending to the series at all. It seemed overly rushed, and was even more poorHonestly... this book was completely worthless. It didn't make for a good ending to the series at all. It seemed overly rushed, and was even more poorly written that the first three....more
'The Picture of Dorian Gray' has been a book that I've been meaning to read for ages now, but I've never had the time, nor desire, to actually pick it'The Picture of Dorian Gray' has been a book that I've been meaning to read for ages now, but I've never had the time, nor desire, to actually pick it up and read until now. Oscar Wilde's work has brought many questions about morality and peoples' willing choices to do good by themselves or by others. It is one of the earliest works of art that truly brings into perspective how easily manipulated youth is. The story is, and will always be a classic, and it will always continue to spark thought in readers for generations to come. That does not, however, mean that the novel is one of any quality whatsoever. It is painfully obvious that the beginning incorporation of the plot wasn't thought out well enough, so Wilde had to put far too much unneeded dialogue into the novel to make it have any substance. This time consuming and rather teeth-gratingly awful dialogue has proven to be the most boring beginning to a book I have ever read.
Although the story is very intruiging, one can't argue that the book is one of very low quality in it's form. Most books that I truly enjoy to read have that ability to draw you into the pages and make it impossible to put down the book. This book, unfortunately, had the very opposite reaction: it was almost impossible for me to keep reading it at times. Chapters one through six felt terribly long, and I was forced to step away from it on multiple occasions to stop myself from sitting it down for good and never even thinking about picking it up again. There are many factors that make a book worthwhile to read, and among them is the characters and how they are introduced to us. These characters weren't well rounded enough for my liking. If there's a character that doesn't seem very well thought out, it takes time for me to warm up to the book as a whole. 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' has been one of those books.
Lord Henry Wotton has to be one of the poorest characters I have ever had the unfortunate pleasure of reading. It seems apparent that Wilde meant for him to be a very cynical human being, but failed dramatically in getting the proper effect for the reader to be able to fully plunge into the depth of hatred he possessed - this inability comes from his relationships with Basil and Gray; in reality, not a single human being would be able to consider a person like Wotton as any sort of friend. There are far too many gaps in the making of Wotton that have irked me ever since the dreadful moment he said, "What odd chaps you painters are! You do anything in the world to gain a reputation. As soon as you have one, you seem to want to throw it away. 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." In my opinion, Wotton is, by far, the worst invention in fictional history ever. Throughout the entire book, this character feels completely fake. Yes, it is a fictional character, but there is a point that you have to draw the line and decide that your character needs some form of real structure so that your readers can interact with the character instead of feeling that he's just talking around them, and Wilde never seemed to be able to successfully pull Wotton off. To sum him up, in his own words, "I have known everything, but I am always ready for a new emotion. I am afraid, however, that, for me at any rate, there is no such thing." Wotton believes that he's the keeper of all knowledge, and doesn't hesitate to make everyone that he's around believe it to. The amount of word-vomit (in short of a better term) that Wilde has induced upon his readers from the wholly unappreciatingly simple Wotton is beyond ridiculous. If Wotton's dialogue were cut to about 1/8 of the amount there is, he would still be able to get his point across... and it would keep the readers from wanting to throw the book in the garbage bin.
Contradictory to the massive amounts of a dialogue and lack of real detail that Wilde put into the first half of the novel, there comes Chapter Eleven... Honestly, the only thing I can think to say is that I had to skim through the majority of this chapter to keep my sanity, and I have NEVER skimmed through any part of any story I've ever read. There is far too much unneeded rubbish and useless information in this chapter to even be considered good. In all honesty... SKIP IT. This chapter is NOT NEEDED for you to get the full effect of the book. Actually, it might hinder your ability to grasp the concept fully.
Apart from the problems stated prior, this novel is still one that I would recommend for any reader willing to set aside their thoughts on life, only for the time being, and actually be able to fully grasp the meaning behind Wilde's words. This is definitely a book that will get you thinking, but, I can assure you, if you are only looking for a book to capture your imagination but not make you actually think about what you're reading, this is definitely not the book for you....more