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The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
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Sep 28, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: favorites

I've been kind of lying to my Goodreads account the past week or so because I've actually been secretly re-reading this book. It's especially interesting to read after having cultivated a profound admiration for A Rebours, and to think about how such a book might have actually affected someone like Dorian Gray back then, and in such a context. I guess this connection is something I want to think more about. I don't consider A Rebours to be capable of inciting someone to "evil", but it was obviously supposed to be a major catalyst in Dorian's fall; and he falls into hedonism and ennui before he becomes a murderer (technically). It could be interpreted as saying that aestheticism leads to amorality, which doesn't make sense to me, at least with regard to common meanings of the word "evil". Blah, blah, blah. I need to organize my thoughts. I feel like my brain circuits are shorting.(?)
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Oscar Wilde
“The basis of optimism is sheer terror.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

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Finished Reading
September 28, 2008 – Shelved
March 2, 2011 – Shelved as: favorites

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