Author: Oscar Wilde
“Enthralled by his own exquisite portrait, Dorian Gray exchanges his soul for eternal youth and beauty. Influenced by his friend Lord Henry Wotton, he is drawn into a corrupt double life; indulging his desires in secret while remaining a gentleman inthe eyes of polite society.”Goodreads Synopsis
Most know about the story in some way, and there are MANY reviews about this book. So it feels a bit unnecessary to go trough it again in details. So here’s my short perspective on the story; In the beginning Dorian is very young and impressionable, a sponge ready to absorb anything from anyone ready to take him under his wing. But with influences from a rather unmoral source and being freed of having to carry the physical effects of a wicked life, how will that alter a person?
It’s worth mentioning that women are not well represented in this book, but I really did not mind in this setting. If I time-traveled back to the Victorian era, I doubt that I could find a many, if any woman I would really respect or admire with my independent and equality for all way of thinking. I’m not sorry, times were just different.
I do love the old eloquent and rich language, but it was very difficult for me to get into in the beginning. But thanks to listening to Stephen Fry reading a chapter or two to me, I got the hang of it. And it is a treasure trove of fascinating and still current quotes!
-“Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.”
-“The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.”
-“To define is to limit.”
-“Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.”
I could go on and on!
There are so many reasons I love this book! The haunting beauty of the story, the agelessness of the subject, the rich language and pretty much everything else too. And it breaks my heart that this book was used as evidence against Oscar Wilde in 1895 and help condemn him.
How do one rate a classical treasure like this? My answer is that one uses the heart and screw the rest! The things I usually focus on and find dealmakers or breakers does not seem to apply here. It stole my heart and fascinated me beyond words. And there’s no way I’m not giving this 5 stars.