“The picture of Dorian Gray” is a novel that is both hated and loved by readers all over the world. Some hate it because it’s not their style of writing, some hate it because it hits too close to home, and some love it because it resonates so well with them. I, myself, love it because Dorian himself fascinate me so much. I want to know what makes him tick, what makes him act the way he does. That’s why I loved reading this one. The story telling was good, I could do with less of Lord Henry’s ramblings, but the rest worked for me. It takes quite some time for anything to actually happen, but once it does it goes downhill for Dorian quite fast. The novel is a tale of love, treachery, murder and suicide, it’s simply a beautiful mess. No, I’m not saying any of these horrible things are beautiful, it’s the way the novel is put together that is, just to make that clear.
I would recommend this if you’re into classic literature and novels that show just how sick and twisted, narcissistic and evil people can be if they’re influenced by the “right” and oh so wrong people. It left me contemplating a lot, and I really love when books do that. I know it has been made into film too, but I don’t think I would want to watch that. I have built up my own image of Dorian and I am sure he would be visually portrayed differently in any films that could be made about it.
I don’t want to say too much about the novel because I don’t want to accidentally spoil anything, so this one will be a bit short, I suppose.
Here’s a summary of the book if you’re interested in reading that:
In this celebrated work, his only novel, Wilde forged a devastating portrait of the effects of evil and debauchery on a young aesthete in late-19th-century England. Combining elements of the Gothic horror novel and decadent French fiction, the book centers on a striking premise: As Dorian Gray sinks into a life of crime and gross sensuality, his body retains perfect youth and vigor while his recently painted portrait grows day by day into a hideous record of evil, which he must keep hidden from the world. For over a century, this mesmerizing tale of horror and suspense has enjoyed wide popularity. It ranks as one of Wilde’s most important creations and among the classic achievements of its kind.
Have you read this one? What did you think about it?