The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde

My daughter, Ms 20 came up with a great idea. She is going to be studying The Picture of Dorian Gray next semester at university (she is studying Classics & Literature), and she thought we could read it together.

Not the easiest thing to achieve, particularly as I had requested a copy via the library to be moved from one branch to another closer to home. She already had a copy at home ready to read. So someone got ahead and read the whole book before I even got started.

I’ve spoken to a good friend recently and she read many classics as a younger woman. I didn’t though. The ones that I probably had greatest access to were at university when I was studying Ancient History. I still have my copies of Livy on my bookshelves. I’ve never read them cover to cover but one day I may well do.

Which leads me back to Oscar Wilde and his only novel.

Description:

A story of evil, debauchery and scandal, Oscar Wilde’s only novel tells of Dorian Gray, a beautiful yet corrupt man. When he wishes that a perfect portrait of himself would bear the signs of ageing in his place, the picture becomes his hideous secret, as it follows Dorian’s own downward spiral into cruelty and depravity.

My Thoughts:

I felt divided as I read this book as to whether I really liked it or not. I will say that I was impressed by some of the prose that Wilde uses. Dorian Gray is certainly a formidable character.

Perhaps my indecision also has something to do with the fact that I have not read much Gothic fiction. Maybe I will read more. I will say that I am glad that I have read this book though. It made for an interesting read. One that I couldn’t stomach in one sitting. I preferred to read in chunks. Once the plot reached a certain point, then I knew that I had to finish it quickly.