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The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

The Picture of Dorian GrayI have been meaning to read ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ for absolutely ages – as I’ve mentioned, I find it easy to take classic literature for granted, knowing that it will always be easily available especially in electronic format, so it tends to get pushed down to the bottom of my TBR list.  ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ should have been bumped up to the top of my list sooner.  The novel tells the story of a young man named Dorian Gray, who has a portrait painted of him by Basil Hallward.  Dorian meets Basil’s friend, Lord Henry (Harry) Wotton, who believes that youth and beauty are the only things which really matter in the world and Dorian subsequently becomes heavily influenced by his ideas about aestheticism.  However, the story takes a sinister turn when Dorian makes a wish that only his portrait should age and wither while he would look young forever, thus selling his soul for eternal youth.  As you can imagine, the moral of the story is something along the lines of ‘be careful what you wish for’… Continue reading

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