Sep 23 2009

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Oscar WildeMy reading frenzy continues with Oscar Wilde‘s “The Picture of Dorian Gray“. I’ve been wanting to read this for quite some time. I’ve always liked Oscar Wilde’s writing, even if he does resort to formula on a regular basis. Wilde’s purpose for writing books sometimes seems to be nothing more than creating a venue to parade his epigrams. It doesn’t take long to tire of characters stating “There are two types of people…” or “The only thing worse than…”. Despite this, the ageless story moves swiftly, deftly, and enjoyably.

The only part of the book that grinds to a crawl is Chapter 11. The chapter (while interesting) allows Wilde to inundate the reader with a rich history of Luxury, that adds less to the story than to our insight of the author’s own passions. This is a small gripe in an otherwise classic and captivating tale.

When summarizing, I like to end with a quote from the piece. That’s not an easy task with Oscar Wilde as every page seems packed with memorable phrases. The task of finding one to end this review is not unlike throwing a die and accepting fate’s decision. So from a list I culled while reading, that is what I’ve done:

“I suppose it comes from the fact that none of us can stand other people having the same faults as ourselves.”

5 out of 5