Thursday, 23 June 2011

Book: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

So I finally actually read the Picture of Dorian  Gray by Oscar Wilde, I finished it a couple of days ago but haven't had internet access so haven't been able to post, which of course is now going to cause a surge in posting as I update you on everything that has happened...it seems to be ages since I posted. 


Anyway. I liked the novel, I thought that it was a good book however there seemed to be a major bit of plot missing. As in there didn't seem to be much of it. The plot that there seemed to be was to do with Sybil Vane and her brothers revenge. But after her death there is a major part of the book that deals with nothing to do with this. Instead it lists the things that Dorian Gray did. 


It also seems a bit strange that though he is nearly 40 at the end of the novel no one seriously questions how he still looks 20, just a small observation. In fact his friend Harry is the only person to ever mention the fact that he still looks youthful, as in people that had known him for a long time, and even then he only says that he should tell him of his secrets, as if its perfectly normal for people to stay youthful. 


A vast part of the book seems to be about how, even though Dorian says he'll try and stay good (to keep his portrait looking good) he doesn't and instead becomes more and more corrupted, and the influence that that has on a lot of people. 


I would recommend this book, but it is a book particularly about the idea of art, and personally a book on morals. After all if you could see every sin that you commited on a photo of yourself then would you still do it. I honestly think that the Picture of Dorian Gray answers this question, and its not that pleasant an answer. 






Til Next Time, 
L x