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The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde
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Jan 06, 13

Read in January, 2013

It's a shame that this is really the only novel that Oscar Wilde had written, as his literary talents are conveyed in an exceptional manner in this work. The primary allegory that the portrait serves throughout the text is done so in a very entertaining and clever manner, gradually morphing into grotesque projections of Grays personality and devious actions. The themes of the vanity of youth, and the disdain of the inevitable progression toward old age, are worded quite eloquently in the early parts of the book by Gray's friend Harry. This is what initially lured me into reading the book, and the persistence of the themes throughout are what kept me in continuing to read up until the end. These themes are so common to the human condition, that hearing them stated in such a bold and unapologetic manner by Harry, was greatly sobering.
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