The Picture of Dorian GrayOscar Wilde

The Picture of Dorian Gray

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The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde Book Summary

Dorian is a good-natured young man until he discovers the power of his own exceptional beauty. As he gradually sinks deep into a frivolous, glamorous world of selfish luxury, he apparently remains physically unchanged by the stresses of his corrupt lifestyle and untouched by age. But up in his attic, hidden behind a curtain, his portrait tells a different story.

The Picture of Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde) Book Reviews

Kept me interestedThis book kept me interested with its dialogue but when it comes to the narrator, it bored me; especially on the 11th chapter..Score: 3/5

The Picture of Dorian GreyUtterly enthralled, I saw the movie when I was a child and it made such an impression on me that I had to read the book. There were so many things I had forgotten or had not been in the movie. A wonderful read about the dangers of vanity and sin..Score: 5/5

Great bookReally makes you wonder about the things you've done in your life. I highly recommend this book..Score: 5/5

AmazingAn invigorating classic. Must read.Score: 5/5

DisappointedI expected more from this book that so many other works of literature and film make reference to..Score: 3/5

The picture of Dorian GrayThis book was quite good! I have never before read an entire book of Oscar Wilde's, mostly snippets of his poetry or selections of quotes from his many works, but I believe I'll make a habit of reading his works more often. I highly recommend this book! Just keep in mind that the English language was quite different at the time this work was written, and may be a bit much from time to time. I am an avid reader, a lot of my free time is and always has been spent reading a great variety of books. There were times I found Mr. Wilde's tangents to the story a bit tedious in his wording and descriptions, but I think it's mostly due to the way English was spoken during his time and the fact that I have not read a work from that period in quite a while. I did love the whole concept of what might happen if one had a representation of one's self that could absorb all the maladies that are thrust upon us in life and the maladies we choose to experience ourselves, while the entire time our physical bodies never blemish or grow older. Would we eventually come to the point of not being able to face our reflections in a mirror, or the very thing that absorbs all our faults and leaves us as fresh looking innocents? Wonderful, wonderful book!.Score: 4/5

Well first of...I loved this book. That is all there is to it . Dorian Grey is a new personal fav. Secondly for those who are confused, his picture adsorbed what his body would have leaving Dorian unscathed. It is just the magic that comes with a fiction making our hearts desires a tangible thing.Score: 5/5

AmazingLoved it as much as the movie :).Score: 5/5

Very darkVery dark yet good… A classic! A must read.Score: 4/5

BeautifulDorian Gray is majestical. I chose to read this after watching the Penny Dreadful TV series. Out of all the old horror/fantasy stories I’ve read, this one takes the cake. Very easy to read compared to other older books. Of course, Oscar Wilde helps a ton with his use of a dreamy imagery no matter what the tone of the scene being told is..Score: 5/5

Love itGreatest book ever written.Score: 5/5

The Picture of Dorian GreyGreat book, fascinating story w/ parallels timelessly suited to our current era!.Score: 5/5

A Great ReadA very interesting tale..Score: 5/5

A good readEnjoyed this novel very much. A lot of food for thought here..Score: 5/5

Read on a whim (LoEG)18. seldom read books. a good read despite being mostly predictable..Score: 5/5

The Picture of Dorian GrayA page turner and plot worthy of any modern day novel. I loved this book and had been meaning to read it for years. Human nature at its most revealing..Score: 5/5

Wow.After finishing this book, it's so clear that nothing comes close to the classics. It's 824 pages on iPhone but it goes by in two afternoons. Wilde was a genius and it's a tragedy that he never had the time or health for another novel. And the best part… it's free! No excuse to leave this one untouched! .Score: 5/5

Óscar Wild thoughtsI believe this book portrays many of the authors contradicting thoughts that he had upon society and him self, the plot is not the picture and it’s changing state but the character of Dorian Gray, also it has a great dialogue and many phrases that will make you thing and find a more profound meaning to the story..Score: 4/5

Wilde is one of the most amazing authors I’ve ever come acrossOscar Wilde could write a book about grass growing and I would read the whole series. Right from the very beginning of the book, Wilde’s writing is able to paint the story with surprising vivacity, originality, and depth through the scenery and mainly Gray’s introspection. It’s a bit hard to read at times for a person who does not enjoy watching characters consistently choosing to go down the wrong path, but it’s nevertheless worth a read..Score: 4/5

Not a masterpiece to meI read this because it was declared a masterpiece. I think it is a good book, with a very well crafted storyline. That being said, it was also wordy, overworked, and tedious. It is worth reading but with expectations of it being only average..Score: 3/5

New heights for long winded dullLong boring sections on the philosophy of something. The characters are one dimensional and often act without thought of even a hint of intelligence, H.Score: 1/5

Love thisThis is absolutely one of my favorite novels I read in high school.Score: 5/5

Great book! A must read!Still stands the test of time. A little slow in the beginning, but once you are in it you can't put it down. What a lesson in vanity and morality. As one can never escape their sins completely.Score: 4/5

DorianGreat book. Just one chapter was boring.Score: 4/5

Some nice pics, wouldn't pay for it.It'd be nice to get gifted an app that had great reviews, and had been top of the charts, etc. Instead we're getting gifts that the developer pays apple to promote.....Score: 1/5

Picture of Dorian grayGreat book. The movie (2009 version) really displays how one can live his life when in the position of Dorian gray. The book really sheds some light of how high society holds beauty, and how little actual words or actions mean. This book will make you think and once you get into it you won't be able to put it down. Bravo, Mr. Wilde..Score: 4/5

Classic ReadThe Picture of Dorian Gray really is a fascinating story. I just finished reading the whole book for the first time. I grew up knowing of the story, but had never actually read it for myself. Oscar Wilde paints such vivid pictures with great detail. I highly recommend this book..Score: 4/5

The Picture of Dorian GrayThe real evil character in this book is Sir Harry Wotton. His theories, though clever and, to some readers may even seem to make sense, are all untrue. The things he says are examples of the subtlties of evil. It's somewhat frustrating to see this character's statements attributed to Oscar Wilde without the proviso that it is actually from a character in his book. I believe, due to the totallity of the message in the book, that Oscar Wilde doesn't adhere to any of the belifs expressed by this character he has created. This book is quite good and quite tragic..Score: 4/5

ExcellentExcellent book love it !.Score: 5/5

Interesting!Highlighted tons of clever passages, definitely found it entertaining. Would make a great movie! :).Score: 3/5

The Picture of Dorian GrayA very entertaining story! It is fun to read the classics as one learns so many new and interesting words and ways to "say" things. There were a few parts that got wordy and tried my patience and endurance. We'll worth the time!.Score: 4/5

My favorite book and author!I re-read this book all the time; it's great! It makes you think for days and days, and it's absolutely hilarious..Score: 5/5

Excellent Read!Interested in becoming more well read...I picked this up based on the recommendation of a friend. It's a great read. 👍 Creepy and compelling. Good stuff..Score: 5/5

Censored VersionThis is a great novel, of course, but you don’t want this version. It’s the censored, 13 chapter version that is missing key characters, plot, wit, etc. Look for the 20 chapter version that includes Wilde’s preface..Score: 3/5

My ReviewAbsolute masterpiece. A higher level read than most people born in my generation might be used to. Masterful nonetheless. A Diamond in a world filled with excrement and filth..Score: 5/5

The picture of Dorian GrayGreat book! Chapter 11 is really boring but everything else is so good. I'm glad I decided to read the classics.Score: 5/5

MagnificentWords alone cannot give the proper praises due this read! I am beyond inspired. Thank you for keeping the classics alive to cherish forever!.Score: 5/5

The Picture of Dorian GrayWow. I started slowly, for it took a time to get used to the language, but shortly thereafter, I was completely enthralled!.Score: 5/5

SolidBut not extraordinary.Score: 3/5

Larry stylinsonAny one else only read cause of the Larry fanfic young and beautiful? Is an incredible book though didn’t like chapter 11 but it’s exquisite besides that.Score: 5/5

Dark, mystifying, and beautifulThis novel is truly dark with heavy themes and deep issues. I enjoyed it immensely, Wilde's narrative was truly compelling, and the characters were original. Witty dialogue helped keep the story lively, and almost comic at times. A great classic, but one that needs to be read with discernment lest the reader be enticed by the darkness in beauty and shallowness of pleasure. A great deal can be learned from this book if you choose to ponder it..Score: 5/5

One of my favorite booksI simply cannot get over how much I enjoy this classic. Each time I read it, I find something new in a character that I enjoy/relate to..Score: 5/5

Oh youthThe avalanche of epigrams drowns the book and makes many passages clunky. The best chapter is the trip to the opium den. The writing is more natural and more beautiful because it is not strained..Score: 4/5

Dorian Gray ReviewThis book is greatZ! It tells about vanity and how bad it is to be vain in life. One thing I don't get is how did he become youthful and his portrait become ugly?.Score: 5/5

Wit and charm on every pageExcept chapter eleven. Read the beginning and end of chapter eleven, but skip everything in between. The rest of the book is delicious..Score: 4/5

Fascinating, beautifullay written story of a depraved soulThis is a masterpiece of imaginative writing. It is a strange story that seems at times to condone the sins of a detestable character, but the storyline and ending seem to clearly warn against these sins. Regardless of its likeliness as a possible story, it is fascinating, beautifully written and deep..Score: 4/5

Entertaining and thought-provokingI recommend. Not too long a read and there are slow parts, but even if you dpnt always like classics this has some page-turning moments. I recommend the cliff notes to fully appreciate it..Score: 5/5

Enjoyed itI really enjoyed reading this. Couldn’t put it down once I started. There are some lengthy and tedious parts (like others have said), but this book was just so good. Loved the ending; it really got me thinking..Score: 5/5

Beautiful chaotic tragedyPrideful? Yes. Does Wilde paint beautifully with words? Yes. I went into this book with no preconceived notions and was blown away with words and art there in. Lord Henry was the most loyal friend to Dorian, that type of loyalty and honesty is not always easy to come by..Score: 5/5

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Great bookHated Dorian and loathed Henry. Loved only Basil. Overall a really good and easy read.Score: 5/5

Cold..Score: 5/5

AmazingThe book is by far one of the best books I ever read. I can't believe it's a horror!!.Score: 5/5

A classicGreat book.Score: 5/5

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Poor old oscarPoor old Oscar flamboyant, always seeking an audience drawn to the lime light like a moth to the flame. This novel augers his life and is portentous in it's depiction of narcissism and his ultimate fate. How he got away with publishing such and openly homoerotic book at the time I will never know. The unnerving nature of the image, remaining immortal while we age and deteriorate is reversed as a young and beautiful man remains impervious to corruption and age, while his remarkable portrait whithers and becomes decrepit. The characters moral corruption is mirrored by the external corruption of his portrait. This novel should be read in conjunction with the authors deprofundus, his melancholic but courageous account of his imprisonment. I really liken Oscar. Fickle and vein, but the moments when he puts aside the mask, and transcends the soppy romanticism of his time reveals a true poetic and complex human being. It free! What are you waiting for!.Score: 4/5

Picture of Dorian GrayAn absolutely enthralling read!.Score: 5/5

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Great bookQuite metaphysical and a good read.Score: 5/5

GREAT READBeen wanting to read this for years and never got round to it, finally I did and thoroughly enjoyed every word..Score: 4/5

Movie vs. Book please?I saw the movie and it was great, no lying and wow Ben Barnes is gorgeous, but to be honest I am now terrified to read the book. Could someone please put up a review that compares the extremities of the book and film so that I can be sure? Thank you so much :D (the 5 stars are for the film - captivating and well directed albeit terrifying, which I suppose shows how good it is. However DEFINITELY NOT for younger viewers (under 13 at the least) as it is not only haunting but graphic :/).Score: 5/5

A love-hate relationship I'm not mad atThis book was a very peculiar read that resonates deeply within the reader. Some chapters will fill you with life, and some will bore you to death. Read my full review at 4/5

EnjoyableSome pages were hard too read only reason I knocked a star off maybe that’s my device. I enjoyed it once I got past the first chapters. I may read again and rethink ma score..Score: 4/5

Liked itMy first Oscar Wilde book. I really enjoyed the story and witty banter..Score: 5/5

ExcellentI don't know a lot about classical literature but this has been perhaps the most enjoyable novel I have ever read..Score: 5/5

ExcellentI don't usually enjoy Victorian literature but I found this a happy exception. Perhaps what is most enjoyable is the biting satire Wilde employs throughout. Would recommend..Score: 5/5

Dorian GrayBrilliant book, really well written and nice price (no price). Well worth a read I would recommend it to young readers as well as old ones.Score: 5/5

Dorian Gray- IntriguingWow. Such a thought-provoking book..Score: 5/5

Good readThis was great; Dorian Gray turned out to be a well thought out and very three-dimentional character. I actually found myself sympathizing with him at times. I don't know if it's my impatience or personal dislike of the character, however, but I quite often ended up skipping paragraphs of Lord Henry's unnecessary dialogue. The movie is nothing at all like the book so I won't even bother comparing the two..Score: 4/5

Great bookI love it. Have never read this before despite it being a classic. Can't put it down..Score: 5/5

ExcellentNo point reviewing the story as it's a well known one. Excellent and it's in English despite what the other reviewer states.. Weirdo ! .Score: 5/5

Classic horror fiction by a genius.Chilling ending and an addictive read..Score: 4/5

The Picture of Dorian GrayReally enjoyed this book and the slightly dated use of English which suited the story very well. I wish this had been on the syllabus for O level English when I was younger..Score: 5/5

GreatReally enjoyed this book. Wanted to read an English classic and couldn't face the usual suspects. Beautifully written. Must admit I found the intro very long and I did wonder if I could handle anymore. Luckily I went back to it that night and it moved on within a couple of pages. Overall great read and not too long..Score: 5/5

Writing at its bestI absolutely loved this book. A great compelling read. Will definitely encourage others to read. Amazing..Score: 5/5

ExcellentOne of my favourites.Score: 5/5

The Picture of Dorian GrayShame I've finished. Thoroughly enjoyed..Score: 4/5

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