Here in its entirety is the classic cautionary tale about the pursuit of eternal youth at the expense of the soul.
When a beautiful portrait is painted of him, young Dorian Gray makes a vain, rash wish to always remain as beautiful as the painting. His wish comes true, and Gray starts a descent deep into moral decay. As he indulges in excesses and corruption, his physical form remains unblemished - but the portrait becomes decrepit and ugly. Gray's evil deeds eventually grow to include murder and lead him further and further toward Wilde's disconcerting conclusion that "ugliness is the only reality".
This classic tale of moral transgression shocked Victorian England and was used against Oscar Wilde when he was tried in court in 1895 for being a homosexual.
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The narration is straight out of the 1970's, and reminds me of the old science films I had to watch in grade school. That being said, the book is pretty good and full of the most witty dialog I have ever heard. Do not buy this if you want to stay awake while driving.
A TRUE CLASSIC
I was first introduced to this story through a movie. Dorian Gray was one of the characters in the movie "The Leauge of Extordinary Gentleman" among others. I was facinated with the fact that he was invurnerable to harm and age. The story of how he got that is way is equally as facinating. The trials that occur throughout this story are a reminder to us all that no one is truly perfact, and as the story moves on Dorian becomes more and more like a snail shell of sorts. Pretty to look at, but inside cold, hard, unfeeling, and empty. Oscar Wilde's classic tale of vanity and pride is one of the most wonderful books ever written! And it's going to stay that way for a long time.
Initially, you think that the narration will be bad, but it is actually outstanding. What a great book! This book is engrossing not for it's intriguing storyline, but by the language of its characters which creates a separate and identifiable personality for each. The poetry of the descriptives in this work are breathtaking. Wilde is truly a genius.