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Teleny (The Reverse of the Medal) by Oscar Wilde
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Jul 28, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: 20th-century-prose

Overall I enjoyed the book. It was very graphic, and so not for the faint of heart. And by graphic I don't mean necessarily in the gaudy macabre way that a gorefest movie is graphic, but in the more sophisticated late 19th century way, where sexual or violent acts exist in sharp contrast to heightened language and luxurious prose style ment to mimic the surroundings of the leisure classes during that period. However, my initial impression of the book was unfavorable, because the author (supposed by many, though unconclusively, to be Oscar Wilde) devotes a lot of attention to describing in almost painful detail this concert Teleny plays at, where he first meets the narrator.
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