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As Hallward tries to make sense of his creation, his epigram-happy friend Lord Henry Wotton encourages Dorian in his sensual quest with any number of Wildean paradoxes, including the delightful "When we are happy we are always good, but when we are good we are not always happy." But despite its many languorous pleasures, The Picture of Dorian Gray is an imperfect work. Compared to the two (voyeuristic) older men, Dorian is a bore, and his search for ever new sensations far less fun than the novel's drawing-room discussions. Even more oddly, the moral message of the novel contradicts many of Wilde's supposed aims, not least "no artist has ethical sympathies. An ethical sympathy in an artist is an unpardonable mannerism of style." Nonetheless, the glamour boy gets his just deserts. And Wilde, defending Dorian Gray, had it both ways: "All excess, as well as all renunciation, brings its own punishment." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
What do people enjoy more than a fail from grace? A fall from grace that has a sense of retributive justice. Read morePublished 4 months ago by figamus
weak novel with no real plot. almost no escelation in action and finishes very abruptly. oscar wilde did include some intrsting thoughts and philoshpy in the book however which is... Read morePublished 7 months ago by elliot wilson
fast delivery and great book. i love penguin publishers for promoting artists and illustrators with the threads and deluxe editions collections. my bookshelf looks great! Read morePublished 13 months ago by w nichiporuk
This very famous novel by Oscar Wilde presents a shallow, implausible plot. Is the ageing process really related to the evil deeds one does rather than to biology? Read morePublished 18 months ago by Pierre Gauthier
Basil, who up until now was a mediocre painter after meeting Dorian Gray a young Adonis, was inspired to create a masterpiece of which he puts himself into. Read morePublished 19 months ago by bernie