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The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
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Feb 10, 13

it was amazing
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Read in January, 2009

A great work that encapsulates many of the author's thoughts on the form and (non-)function of art, highlights various scientific modes of thought fashionable at the time, and focuses on effects of moral hypocrisy. All of which serve as a frame within which a highly entertaining and thought-provoking tale is told.

However, as Wilde himself said:

"All art is at once surface and symbol.
Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril.
Those who read the symbol do so at their peril.
It's the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors."

So I shall say no more, except that it's an excellent read and one that will have to be read once more in order to again immerse myself in, and appreciate anew, the varied and colourful layers of the text.
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