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The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
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Jul 08, 2011

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bookshelves: classics, england, fiction, nineteenth-century

I didn't expect to even finish this book becuase it is a classic and classics (with the exception of Wuthering Heights) bore me to sleep. I was told the film was rubbish and that this wasn't one of Wilde's better books. Well I did finish it and I even enjoyed it. I loved the first half. It made me laugh and had some good quotes. My sister had told me before I started reading this that Wilde was gay. This does come out in his writing. Although none of his characters appear to be gay, I don't think straight men would talk about another man's beauty the way Harry and Basil do. The one thing I didn't like about this book was when it just seemed to describe lots of different people and their clothes. Didn't get the point in this at all. I would also like to know how the portrait gets it's magical quailtys, it's never explaned. I also read a few of the reviews the book had when it first came out, not big fans of the book in the 1890's. I'd read more of Wilde's books.
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Quotes Redfox5 Liked

Oscar Wilde
“All art is quite useless.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
tags: art

Oscar Wilde
“I am too fond of reading books to care to write them.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde
“There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book.
Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Reading Progress

July 8, 2011 – Started Reading
July 8, 2011 – Shelved
July 8, 2011 –
page 4
July 9, 2011 –
page 134
July 11, 2011 –
page 184
July 11, 2011 – Shelved as: classics
July 11, 2011 – Shelved as: england
July 11, 2011 – Shelved as: fiction
July 11, 2011 – Shelved as: nineteenth-century
July 11, 2011 – Finished Reading

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