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The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
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Jun 04, 08

really liked it
bookshelves: 19th-century, ireland

Fantastic. Poses some really fascinating questions about the relationship between art and reality, the nature of evil and the dangers of aestheticism. It is not only a searing critique of fin-de-siecle London society, but a genuinely chilling descent into the depths of human corruption and depravity. The scene in the opium den was particularly horrifying. Also, there's plenty of Oscar Wilde wit in the form of Lord Henry Wotton, who speaks almost entirely in epigrams (which gets a little wearing after a while, I admit).
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