The Picture of Dorian Gray is the only published novel by Oscar Wilde. It tells of a young man named Dorian Gray, the subject of a painting by artist Basil Hallward. Basil is impressed by Dorian’s beauty and becomes infatuated with him, believing his beauty is responsible for a new mode in his art. Talking in Basil’s garden, Dorian meets Lord Henry Wotton, a friend of Basil’s, and becomes enthralled by Lord Henry’s world view. Espousing a new hedonism, Lord Henry suggests the only things worth pursuing in life are beauty and fulfilment of the senses. Realising that one day his beauty will fade, Dorian cries out, expressing his desire to sell his soul to ensure the portrait Basil has painted would age rather than himself. Dorian’s wish is fulfilled, plunging him into debauched acts. The portrait serves as a reminder of the effect each act has upon his soul, with each sin displayed as a disfigurement of his form, or through a sign of aging.
The Picture of Dorian Gray is a novel that I have been looking forward to read for some time. I regret seeing the movie before I read the book. It took some of the suspense out of the story. Never the less, Oscar Wilde is an amazing writer and story teller. The characters truly came to life and the mind of both Dorian Gray and Lord Henry Wotton fascinated and thrilled me.
That wish of staying young forever is something a lot of us can relate to, but all of us knows that it would come at a price that probably no one could handle over time. As it did to Dorian, it might have driven us all mad.
I highly recommend this book and gave it my top score of five stars on Goodreads.
I listen to the audiobook on Audible. If you would like to do the same then you can click HERE or on the picture below:
I myself am thinking about getting this gorgeous collection HERE or you can click on the picture below here as well:
They are gorgeous!!
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And last, but not least, I will share my favorite quote from The Picture of Dorian Gray:
“When a woman marries again it is because she detested her first husband. When a man marries again it is because he adored his first wife. Women try their luck, men risk theirs.”
I hope you enjoyed this and I would for you to recommend other books for me to read and review. Tell me in the comments below or you can write me an e-mail: