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The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
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Jan 16, 12

bookshelves: classics, z-a-classics-challenge-2012, z-back-to-the-classics-challenge-20, victorian-challenge-2012
Read from January 05 to 12, 2012

A very disturbing book. Through his characters, Wilde turns everything good, worthwhile and pure on it's head and uplifts debauchery and perversions for the sake of gaining pleasure. None of the characters inspire much sympathy as all are fixated entirely on themselves: Wooton worships his power over Dorian, Basil needs Dorian to further his art and Dorian worships himself. However, I like the literary skills of Wilde and, while many parts I found were a trifle overdone, he gives you much to think about. Although the subject matter was depressing, I would have to say I enjoyed it. It's one of those books that stays with you and you ponder on it for weeks after finishing.
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