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The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
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Dec 11, 2013

really liked it
bookshelves: 1-0-2015-reading-challenge, deep-thought, the-victors, 1-5-rory-gilmore-challenge

After years of recommendations from my sister, who declares that this is her favorite book, I finally decided to pick this one up. Though I already knew the secret and the ending (nerd warning: I kind of got a spoiler from The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen), I wasn't feeling great about this. Maybe it was because I knew the big plot twists, or maybe it is because classical books no longer hold my attention the way they once did. Thankfully I found my fears to be unjustified. This was an excellent book. I found it to be a perfect reflection on how obsessed society is (and always has been) with vanity. How this obsession can destroy a person, and no matter how attractive a person may be on the outside, it can never make up for the ugliness they hide inside. Wilde was a very smart man who was well ahead of his time. Of the three main characters, Basil, Dorian, and Harry, Basil is the only one with any redeemable qualities. A perfect reflection of a person who can see and appreciate beauty in anything, but can also see the darkness that hides underneath it. Though I could not find any likability in Dorian, I felt loads of pity for him. He tried so hard to be good, but was totally unwilling to take any personal accountability for his actions, blaming it on Harry and Basil. I'm convinced that Harry may be Wilde's depiction of the devil, filled with all of his temptations and his persistent encouragement of Dorian's behaviors. Even with all of these flaws in these characters, I still loved this book, and I can't believe I had avoided it for so long.
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Reading Progress

December 11, 2013 – Shelved
December 11, 2013 – Shelved as: to-read
January 9, 2015 – Shelved as: 1-0-2015-reading-challenge
April 15, 2015 – Started Reading
April 15, 2015 –
page 50
19.69%
April 17, 2015 –
page 78
30.71%
April 18, 2015 –
page 110
43.31%
April 18, 2015 –
page 200
78.74%
April 18, 2015 – Shelved as: deep-thought
April 18, 2015 – Shelved as: the-victors
April 18, 2015 – Finished Reading
September 5, 2015 – Shelved as: 1-5-rory-gilmore-challenge

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