The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Written in his distinctively dazzling manner, Oscar Wilde?s story of a fashionable young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty is the author?s most popular work. The tale of Dorian Gray?s moral disintegration caused a scandal when it ?rst appeared in 1890, but though Wilde was attacked for the novel?s corrupting in?uence, he responded that there is, in fact, Written in his distinctively dazzling manner, Oscar Wilde?s story of a fashionable young man who sells his s...

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Title:The Picture of Dorian Gray
Author:Oscar Wilde
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Genres:Classics
ISBN:The Picture of Dorian Gray
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:367 pages pages

The Picture of Dorian Gray Reviews

  • Trevor
    Mar 23, 2008
    This is another of those books I?ve been meaning to read for ages and kept putting off. Although I?ve a particularly good reason for putting this one off, as a very good friend of mine, who died a couple of years ago, spoke to me about this book and I was worried that might make it...
  • Paula
    Feb 10, 2008
    This book reminded me why I hate classics. Like Frankenstein, it starts out with a great premise: what if a portrait bore the brunt of age and sin, while the person remained in the flush of youth? How would that person feel as they watched a constant reminder of their true nature de...
  • Paul Bryant
    Jan 06, 2013
    I don't know what I was quite expecting here. It's a psychological horror story with a lot of comic relief, in the form of the endless witty paradoxes. After page 30 you are thinking that if Lord Henry makes just one more crack you're going to knock his monocle off his family crest and...
  • Scoobs
    Oct 02, 2007
    Oh Dorian. Oh Dorian. When I first read this book in the fruitless years of my youth I was excited, overwhelmed and a blank slate (as Dorian is, upon his first encounter with Lord Henry) easily molded, persuaded, influenced, etc. Certain Wildisms (Wildeisms?) would take my breath...
  • Elyse Walters
    Aug 28, 2017
    This is the first time I've read this classic book....but I've loved Oscar Wilde for as long as I can remember. There is much to take away from this book. Themes exploring shallowness, selfishness, superficiality, hedonism, morality, and flaws of life and being human. The dialo...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    Jun 13, 2008
    809. The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde The Picture of Dorian Gray is a philosophical novel by Oscar Wilde, first published complete in the July 1890 issue of Lippincott's Monthly Magazine. The Picture of Dorian Gray begins on a beautiful summer day in Victorian era England, wh...
  • Petra Eggs
    Jun 13, 2008
    Possessing eternal youth and beauty produces exactly the same effect as sentencing a man to life without the possibility of parole. Both have nothing to lose and morals disappear before the desire for immediate self-gratification in all things. And so it is with Dorian Gray. It's a mor...
  • Stephen
    Mar 15, 2010
    Arguably literature's greatest study of shallowness, vanity, casual cruelty and hedonistic selfishness, Wilde lays it down here with ABSOLUTE PERFECTION!! This was my first experience in reading Oscar Wilde and the man?s gift for prose and dialogue is magical. This story read some...
  •  Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
    Jan 16, 2009
    The Picture of Dorian Gray is a hard book to review. After reading such eloquent, beautiful, and rich writing, I am at a loss for how to command my comparatively paltry ability to use words to express how I felt about this book. Forgive me as I go back to AP English for a few moment...
  • Manny
    Feb 11, 2009
    "My dear Jordan!" said Lord Rayner expansively, as the butler discreetly closed the door behind his young visitor. "Really, it is too good to see you again! And what brings you to Cambridge?" "Oh, this and that," said the lad, flinging himself casually onto a priceless Ikea divan. "...
  • Melanie
    Jan 05, 2018
    ?Some day, when you are old and wrinkled and ugly, when thought has seared your forehead with its lines, and passion branded your lips with its hideous fires, you will feel it, you will feel it terribly.? So, I wanted 2018 to be the year that I try to get back into classic...
  • Kalliope
    Apr 11, 2014
    Funny how books are moulded by the circumstances in which they have been read. In Dorian Gray, some of its aspects are very easy to grasp and do not need great explanations. For example, Wilde?s epigrammatic style is so very distinct. I have had a lot of fun selecting quotes...
  • Barry Pierce
    Feb 06, 2014
    So I read all of Wilde's plays a couple of years ago but for some reason I never read this at the time. This is probably the number one most requested book for me to read. So I read it. Are ya happy now!? ARE YA!? I really rather enjoyed this. Well, obviously. I mean, did you honest...
  • Emily May
    Aug 15, 2012
    "The sitter is merely the accident, the occasion. It is not he who is revealed by the painter; it is rather the painter who, on the coloured canvas, reveals himself. The reason I will not exhibit this picture is that I am afraid that I have shown in it the secret of my own soul." ...
  • Henry Avila
    May 12, 2013
    "A face without a heart", so said Shakespeare in Hamlet, but it applies to the portrait of Dorian Gray even better.... When the young gentleman Dorian Gray from a wealthy aristocratic family in Victorian England, has his picture completed something is missing, Basil Hallward, the paint...
  • Jonathan Terrington
    Sep 23, 2011
    The Picture of Dorian Gray could also be titled A Portrait of the Human Soul, for in his dark and tragic commentary Oscar Wilde spares no liberties in discussing morality, religion, society and the depths of the human condition. It is a deeply moving and inspired novel centering around...
  • Fernando
    Nov 19, 2013
    "Ningn hombre es lo suficientemente rico para comprar su pasado." Oscar Wilde Siento por Oscar Wilde una profunda admiracin. Es un referente literario imprescindible en mi vida y pocos autores (y personas) me han enseado tanto acerca de la vida como l. Esta fue la nica nov...
  • Huda Yahya
    Jul 15, 2015
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  • jessica
    Nov 27, 2018
    ?behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic.? and boy, this story was an exquisite tragedy. wilde admits that the books which the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame. and this is one of the most immoral books i have ever r...
  • Ana
    Nov 02, 2015
    ?Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic.? This book is dark unicorns and rainbows. It's chocolate ice cream with cherries on top. It's a pizza with everything on it. It's a fluffy kitten. It's ice cold lemonade on a hot summer day. ...
  • JV
    Nov 02, 2018
    To attain Power, Love, Youth, or even Beauty, to seek beyond what we are capable of, what part of you are you willing to sacrifice? "For this ? for this ? I would give everything! Yes: there is nothing in the whole world I would not give!" With prodigious erudition and eloquen...
  • Amira Mahmoud
    Aug 09, 2014
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  • Bookdragon Sean
    Jun 17, 2014
    I finished reading this last night, and afterwards I spent an entire hour staring into space so I could contemplate over the majesty of this work. It left me speechless. This book is exquisite; it is an investigation into the human soul, the power of vanity and the problems of living a...
  • شيماء ✨
    Sep 30, 2018
    Facts that I know for sure: 1. I got this edition because I'm a slave to the aesthetics and that's exactly the kind of motive the ghost of Oscar Wilde would approve of 2. It?s safe to assume that no matter what I?m doing, at any given moment in time, at least 20% of my brain ...
  • Nayra.Hassan
    Mar 02, 2016
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  • İntellecta
    Oct 23, 2017
    From Dorian's emotional movements, Lord Henry's advice, or Basil Hallward's soulfulness, it is possible for one to take a deeper look into himself and to make new solutions to social behavior. There are many auspicious conclusions to be drawn. The work is original, and the work shines ...
  • Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
    Oct 19, 2018
    I really don't know why goodreads deleted the rating of my favourite book, but as it seems it happened?! O_o WTH? *lol* Well anyway, of course it's a five star, did you expect any different? XD I'll definitely reread it one day and will write a proper review, because this book ...
  • Leo .
    Nov 22, 2017
    Great story. Imagine being immortal. Wow! To still be around after hundreds of years. One thing is true, you would know what really happened in the past. Let's face it you would have witnessed something first hand. And today you would read the modern history books and maybe, just maybe...
  • Khush
    Mar 20, 2018
    To read 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' is to know Oscar Wilde? the man as well as the writer. I love both. The novel has many fascinating aspects. Wilde writings are not vague in anyways. This is true for his novels, plays and even criticism and they are always deep. One has...
  • Johann (jobis89)
    Dec 05, 2017
    "Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic." Under the influence of a captivating aristocrat, Dorian Gray sells his soul in exchange for prolonged youth and vitality. Part of the deal is that a full-length portrait of Dorian will age and record his sins, ...