The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Published November 1, 2010
- Author Oscar Wilde
After seeing the original film, and then the sequel, I knew I was going to have to read the book. I was quite glad that it was a short-ish novel, because it was so heavy with philosophy that otherwise it would have taken me months to read it. The story is there, and Wikipedia calls it a work of gothic horror. I’m not sure it is quite of horror status, but it certainly makes you think!
Raising such problems as vanity, jealousy, making wishes at the expense of others, being an all round generally evil person, and getting away with it. It’s always a little bit harder to read a book where you have little empathy towards the main character, he is not a very nice chap at all, and so easily led!
After further investigation, I think it appears I have not read or seen anything by Oscar Wilde before, so as a first introduction, Dorian Gray has made a good impression.