Friday, July 24, 2009

100 Greatest Books #86 - The Picture of Dorian Gray

Next up on my 100 Greatest Books reading list is The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. You can find this book on the Sybervision, Observer, and My Own Book Lists.

A rather enjoyable book about a man who (unintentionally) sells his soul so that he may remain the Adonis that he is. Dorian Gray starts out pretty naive until he is told by a painter that he is the most beautiful person he has ever seen. After the portrait that he paints is complete, Dorian sees it and realizes that the painter is correct. At the same time he meets another man, Lord Henry, who says that it is a pity that he will lose his beauty at such a young age, prompting Dorian to sell his soul to maintain his current appearance.. Since that time Lord Henry had steadily corrupted Dorian, acting as a Satan character, leading him down a dark path. Fantastic book. The ending is perfect and unexpected. I recommend it to anyone interested in reading a fairly short enjoyable read. Wilde does go off on some tangents at times and some of Lord Henry's speeches are difficult to follow but enjoyable none-the-less.


Ned Schneebly said...

Wilde is great. I love The Importance of Being Ernest..there's a contemporary movie version of it that's great, too.

Jazinator said...

Yea I loved the Importance of Being Ernest. I believe that is reviewed a while ago on my other blog.

PhizzleDizzle said...

i loooooved this book when i first read it 10 years ago...i shoudl read it again.