Review: The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde

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Title: The Picture of Dorian Gray

Author: Oscar Wilde

Publisher: Random House: Modern Library

Release Date: June 1st 2004

Pages: 367

My Rating: ★★★ 1/2 (3.5/5)

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“Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic.”

Hello everyone! It’s a very exciting day today, as I have finally finished reading The Picture of Dorian Gray!!! You might remember from my travel diary posts last year that I visited New York City. While I was there, I stopped by at the Strand kiosk by Central Park and picked up this copy of The Picture of Dorian Gray. Between moving, being generally busy, and reading other books in the meantime, this book was sadly forgotten. Anyway, now that I’ve finally read it, I’m able to give it a proper review almost a year later.

Okay! So I went into this book with a very different idea of what it was about. I honestly can’t remember now what I thought this book was about before I read it. At this point, I’m so overwhelmed by it all that I can’t even register it all, haha. Essentially, The Picture of Dorian Gray is a story all about morality and a young society man who sells his soul in order to be eternally youthful. It’s a ‘Wilde’ story (SORRY I had to).

The first half of this book was quite slow, in my opinion. I kept waiting for there to be some big ‘wow’ moment, which did ultimately come - but not until several chapters into the book. Eventually though, once that moment did come, the rest of the book was intriguing and it was fairly jam-packed with twists, turns, and intense moments.

One things about this novel that I didn’t love per se was that there were often very long bits of dialogue. It bothered me a bit - not terribly, but worth mentioning at least. Some dialogue lasted full pages. It got so tedious and long that at times I had to actually flip back to the previous page to make sure I hadn’t missed something. Long dialogue like that often loses my attention.

The writing, however, was very good overall. And once the plot quickened in pace, the storytelling was extremely interesting. Unfortunately, there isn’t much that I can say about the actual plot without giving away a bunch, however I can say that it was certainly a page-turner! I thought it was a good novel, although I wouldn’t say that it was particularly my taste, or one of my favourite classic novels.

Have you read The Picture of Dorian Gray? What did you think?

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