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The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
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it was amazing
bookshelves: rory-s-list-i-intend-to-read, classics, favorites, read-in-2019, read-in-french
Recommended to Noa ☾ by: a witch
Recommended for: witches

this was such a surprise. i didn't expect to like this as much as i did. the writing is beautiful and the characters are so compelling.

i decided to switch my review to 5 stars because i enjoyed this way too much. the picture of dorian gray tells the story of a man who gains immortality but loses his soul. his sins appear on a portrait that was made for him by his friend.

first of all, i loved the discussion around the themes of this book, the duality between good and evil, saint and sinner. how far are you willing to go to keep your youth ? there's something so beautifully tragic about dorian. on the one hand, he's a man that got swept away by promises of eternal youth, an innocent young man who just wanted to live a little. but on the other man, there's a snake, a man with just enough conscience left to be eaten up by guilt, but not enough for him to change his behavior.

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i tried to defend dorian's actions but all in all, i realized that whatever he said and whoever he blamed for his own actions, he had behaved based on what he had wanted to hear from others (specifically lord henry's words : meaning, he wanted to hear something in henry's words and he behaved accordingly... except, it's not because some lord tells you that you have to be immoral in order to have lived (view spoiler)). he victimizes himself in a way that i almost wanted to believe he was good.

at the end of the day, what's good and what's bad ? is it all really that subjective ? i enjoyed this book a lot and it gave me a lot to think about. it's a good halloween read if that's what you wanna read this month and it's definitely a book that will stick with you.

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Reading Progress

June 12, 2017 – Shelved
June 12, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read
November 6, 2018 – Shelved as: rory-s-list-i-intend-to-read
November 6, 2018 – Shelved as: classics
September 28, 2019 – Started Reading
October 2, 2019 –
page 85
31.25% "this reminds me why i love to read... the writing is so beautiful, i sometimes have to take a minute to realize "wow, wilde just did that" (hahaha yes i am more than a century late, soOO ???)"
October 9, 2019 –
page 110
October 11, 2019 –
page 148
54.41% "it's my first time reading this book and idk why in my head, im imagining a love triangle between the devil (harry), dorian (in love w the devil) and basil (who i imagine to be the cute human bf trying to save the soul of his love idk)"
October 14, 2019 – Shelved as: favorites
October 14, 2019 – Shelved as: read-in-2019
October 14, 2019 – Shelved as: read-in-french
October 14, 2019 – Finished Reading

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Hannah U. Great review! Just read this too and really enjoyed it!

Noa ☾ Hannah wrote: "Great review! Just read this too and really enjoyed it!"

thank you so much ! i'm glad you enjoyed the book too !

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