Red Pill Wisdom from Oscar Wilde
by Seth_Rose | Seth_Rose's Website
The Portrait of Dorian Gray was a novel that I had heard a great deal about, but had reservations about reading because I associated Wilde with Dickens and couldn’t put up with more Dickensian writing. The praise for this novel was enough however to put my reservations aside, not to mention that the book is quite short at just a tad over 200 pages. After having just finished this novel I was blown away.
One thing that struck me more so than the writing was the amount of wisdom espoused in this book. Before reading it I had only heard about how a man has his portrait painted and instead of him aging, his portrait does. The book is so much more than that. In fact to me that aspect seemed almost trivial.
Sadly though a quick search of this novel on the internet will yield such banal ideas like “Be careful what you wish for” and “Beauty is on the inside”. It is shocking though that anyone any man could read this novel and not feel like …
This review was originally published here.