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The Picture Of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde

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I finished it a couple of months ago. Really enjoyed it, particularly the first half and the character of Lord Henry. It sort of drifts off towards the end and Dorian's downfall, I found.

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Must add my love and appreciation of Dorian Gray. I loved it so much so that I even wrote my uni dissertation on the book! (Not much point in elaborating on that here - suffice to say my aim was to show modern relevance to classics and that minimal modernisation of classic literature can make said novels meaningful and pertinent to today's societal expectations.)

 

I have the complete works of Oscar Wilde, falling to pieces now as I've leafed through it so often. It's probably the only anthology or "complete works" collection that I have actually read cover to cover. In fact, if I dig it out, I'm sure I'm holding parts of it together with Sellotape!

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When I read it a few years ago I was surprised at how many familiar quotations I came across.  It's also very relevant today, I'd love to know what Oscar would have made of our celebrity obsessed media for example, and reality TV.

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Hello everyone😊. Nesa here. I just joined this group and this is my first post, so I hope I am doing this right.

When I first read 'Dorian Gray' I didn't think it had made much of an impact on me. But on a subconcious level it had, working away in the dark. To me, it is like the monster under the bed, if you know what I mean.

Perhaps it is because to me the story's unfolding events are so bizarre- it is not something I would have thought or envisioned.

I recently re-read the book- and the impression it leaves behind is still the same.

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Admirers of this novel, please forgive me, but I trully don't see what you see. Whole point of the story is that beauty doesn't really matter. As for me, this thought is very simple and banal. And it wasn't actual yet at the time of writing. Also character that i liked is absent. All they're quite boring dudes. Story unfolds predictably and very slooowly.
P.S. Forgive me for possible errors since i'm not native speaker.

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Corydon does say that he/she isn't a native speaker, so perhaps that's a factor; I wonder if he/she read it in their own language or the English - I did find it a bit wordy and long-winded at times, but did get the point, and yes beauty is of course superficial, which isn't an original point today, but maybe it was at the time the book was written?

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