“The picture of Dorian Gray” was my first contact with an Oscar Wilde book.
Publisher: Harper Collins
Notes: My 2nd favourite book of all time.
My rating: 5/5
Oscar Wilde takes us on a journey through the life of a madman. There’s everything in this book – there’s art, love, beauty, youth, and as we go deeper, there’s sin, the devil, and a maniacal life led by Gray, who gets so into the pact he made with the devil to preserve his looks that he looses himself on the way. His life is led by his beauty, immortalized in him, while his portrait reflects the real monster of his soul (just like shakespeare’s quote “a face without a heart…”) This book reflects the obsession of youth and beauty and the desire to live by the looks, not by the actions, and it’s beautifully written.
I would say that this story left me speechless. As I went through my reading, I would often stare into space, thinking about some passages are well adapted in today’s world. Wilde’s writing is smooth, conquering us with brief descriptions about the human soul, and what one man is willing to do to shallow his actions and live by his image.
For me, this book is enthralling and absolutely marvellous.
Some passages marked on my copy:
“One should never do anything that one cannot talk about after dinner.”
“But beauty, real beauty, ends where an intellectual expression begins. Intellect is in itself a mode of exaggeration, and destroys the harmony of any face.”
“My own personality has become a burden to me. I want to escape, to go away, to forget.”