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The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
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May 27, 2010

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Read from November 30 to December 12, 2013

I was expecting a lot more from this classic – more of Wilde’s witticism, more darkness, more cleverness. I didn’t have a clear sense of Doran’s madness and debauchery other than during Basil’s murder and the last 2 pages. Lord Henry’s ramblings were a bit tedious and I felt that they were just a vehicle for Wilde’s own philosophical views. I actually found him to be quite the pompous windbag. The only clever thing that came out of his mouth was, “To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable.” If there had been more details about Dorian’s sordid affairs or greater insight into his mental state, I would have enjoyed the novel more.

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