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The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray

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Summary

In this celebrated work, his only novel, Wilde forged a devastating portrait of the effects of evil and debauchery on a young aesthete in late-19th-century England. Combining elements of the Gothic horror novel and decadent French fiction, the book centers on a striking premise: As Dorian Gray sinks… view moreIn this celebrated work, his only novel, Wilde forged a devastating portrait of the effects of evil and debauchery on a young aesthete in late-19th-century England. Combining elements of the Gothic horror novel and decadent French fiction, the book centers on a striking premise: As Dorian Gray sinks into a life of crime and gross sensuality, his body retains perfect youth and vigor while his recently painted portrait grows day by day into a hideous record of evil, which he must keep hidden from the world. For over a century, this mesmerizing tale of horror and suspense has enjoyed wide popularity. It ranks as one of Wilde's most important creations and among the classic achievements of its kind.
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Red Pill Wisdom from Oscar Wilde

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 …

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