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The Picture of Dorian Gray

Wilde, Oscar (Book )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Picture of Dorian Gray

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Authors: Wilde, Oscar, 1854-1900
Title: The picture of Dorian Gray
Notes: Publisher varies
Originally published 1891
ISBN: 9780460873642
Statement of Responsibility: Oscar Wilde
Subject Headings: Portraits Fiction Conduct of life Fiction Appearance (Philosophy) Fiction
Topical Term: Portraits
Conduct of life
Appearance (Philosophy)
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Odd little book. The subject matter might be a little dark for some people's tastes, but it was just right for me, personally. A cautionary tale done exceedingly well!

Aug 17, 2012
  • yve168 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

this book is a true example of what vanity will bring you in the long run-nothing but grief and bitter disappointment at the expense of many, many others

Jul 15, 2012
  • rod328 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I've read a lot of books, but never have I read a novel with writing anything close to Oscar Wilde's level.

Feb 20, 2012
  • caiyoung rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I think that all people should read this book. It’s a brilliant classic that rings true with how beauty is honored above smarts. The characters were all very realistic in what they did and said. To me it was a very wise book that showed the truth about how are morals are to this very day. I highly recommend it to anyone looking to read a good book. Portions of it were surprising to me, which was interesting since I usually don’t get surprised when reading a classic book, but very true. The ending was amazing and I’m glad it ended as it did.

Oct 29, 2011
  • Danay rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Loved it. Oscar Wilde is a beast!

Oct 19, 2011
  • IncendiaAngelus rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book is excellently written and interesting overall. I found it kind of haunting & mildly disturbing, but riveting at the same time. A very good book indeed.

Sep 18, 2011
  • ttiiaann rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of my all time favorite books. The writing is very witty and not overly difficult. I was so impressed with every little detail that I could not put it down. Vanity is the overlaying theme of the story. I really enjoyed Lord Henry's explanations for his philosophy on life which is twisted and backwards but showed Wilde's smart wit. Wonderful read!

Mar 31, 2011
  • vwruleschick rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

wow...guess dorian couldn't live with himself and got what he wanted, yet he didn't want it after all.

I found the relationships between Basil, Harry and Dorian interesting, but also so sad as they were all so shallow in one way or another. I wouldn't be hang out with any of these characters. But the story unfolded intriguingly.

mcchan said on Feb 25, 2010:
I could have seen myself having to had read this for high school and taking it apart.

The_Bill said on May 18, 2010:
Whoa there, how would you have taken it apart? The book is, as Wilde himself said, absolutely perfect.

The_Bill, I think you may be mis-understanding what mcchan is saying by "taking it apart". I think mcchan is saying that he or she would be looking for all the elements of the story by "taking it apart" instead of saying "tearing it apart", which would mean pointing out all the errors, as you seem to have thought mcchan meant.

Oct 19, 2010
  • Spillie rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Although adding much to my understanding of the period, I found the illustrations and side bars distracting in this (Whole Story) edition.

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Jul 13, 2011
  • haploU5 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Written and set in 19th century England, this gothic psychological thriller is a classic horror story, refreshingly free of the graphic blood and gore that seems to be the standard horror theme these days.

The story begins with Dorian Gray, a young man of extraordinary good looks, having his portrait painted by his friend Basil Hallward. In the midst of posing for the portrait enters Lord Henry, a pompous and self-important character that convinces an innocent Dorian that his looks are his most important characteristic and that he will have tremendous power over people because of them. He tells Dorian that he should enjoy them while they last as like everything else they will fade with time and so will the power that comes with them.
Taking his words seriously, a naïve and melancholy Dorian wishes that his looks would last forever and instead of time ravaging his face and body, his portrait would age instead, leaving him forever young. As the story moves along and to Dorian’s increasing dismay, he starts noticing that his wish has been granted… with a twist. The portrait is noticeably growing more hideous as Dorian’s behaviour becomes progressively more callous and contemptible.
Though dated, the story is fast-paced, well written and an easy read. Its lighter side pokes fun at the aristocracy and their total uselessness while its darker side reveals the level of shallowness and depravity of human nature.


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Sexual Content: Undertones of homosexuality; hints at general promiscuity.


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Apr 28, 2011
  • étoile rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

"When I like someone immensely I never tell their names to anyone. It is like surrendering a part of them. I have grown to love secrecy. It seems to be the one thing that can make modern life mysterious or marvellous to us. The commonest thing is delightful if one only hides it."


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