If you are a lover of fiction and fantasy of any kind, I'm sure by now you've heard of The Portrait of Dorian Gray. Though the tale has been told in many ways, and the character adapted frequently across several mediums, the original will remain a true classic for the ages.
Although Oscar Wilde penned many scripts and poems, this is the sole novel in his collection. If you can find a version of the book that has a detailed foreword, I would highly recommend reading it. There's a lot of interesting trivia on the backstory of Oscar Wilde and how this novel was extremely controversial in its time.
This is a spectacular tale of vanity, corruption, obsession, and immortality. The fact that it has already had suchan enduring legacy speaks to the quality of the writing and just how relevant its allegories are. Dorian Gray has become a pop culture icon unto himself.
Even if you find older books more difficult to read, this one is still very accessible. Its style is not overly verbose or dated, like some other books written around the same time. It's a short book, so you'll burn through it quickly!
I loved the word choice and the author's ability to put me in the scene. It's hard not to quote Lord Henry in everyday life- so cheeky and sarcastic. The ending is popular so it's not like I'm spoiling anything- but it can be a little gruesome. I would recommend this to teenagers on the older side, and any adult.
This is my all-time favourite book. If you're the type who hates decrepit, gruesome, corrupt and polluted concepts and ideas, then steer clear from this novel. On the other hand, if you don't mind the grit, vulgarity and tainted ness, then I openhandedly welcome you to discover your likings for this read. It not only has complex, embellished and intricate ideals, but it showcases the contrasting views from what we know as the good side, to what can overcome us on the dark side.
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