Author: Oscar Wilde
Synopsis: 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 first appeared in 1890, but though Wilde was attacked for the novel’s corrupting influence, he responded that there is, in fact, “a terrible moral in Dorian Gray.” Just a few years later, the book and the aesthetic/moral dilemma it presented became issues in the trials occasioned by Wilde’s homosexual liaisons, which resulted in his imprisonment. Of Dorian Gray’s relationship to autobiography, Wilde noted in a letter, “Basil Hallward is what I think I am: Lord Henry what the world thinks me: Dorian what I would like to be—in other ages, perhaps.”
Source: Borrowed in Portuguese
This book tells the story of a man who exchanges his soul for eternal youth and beauty.
The premise definitely made me pick this book up, however, I probably shouldn’t have.
The story is really interesting, however, its pace is really slow, important things seldom happen.
The writing’s too flowery and borderline obnoxious. It featured dialogues that felt like monologues stitched together.
The characters are interesting, they don’t feel real, and aren’t supposed to feel so. However, we’re still supposed to at least care about what’ll happen to them, which wasn’t the case for me.
However, the main problem I have with this book is the fact that the characters spend too much time saying that Dorian’s really handsome (okay, we get it, he’s cute, can we move on, please?) and the fact that they also tell us everything we could have analysed in such a way that a thorough symbolic analysis is useless.
Rating: 3 stars