The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [NOOK Book]

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Dorian Gray, a young man of wealth and stature in late 1800’s London, meets Lord Henry Wotton while posing for a portrait by his friend Basil Hallward. Once the painting is complete, Dorian realizes that it will always be young and attractive, while he will be forced to age and wither with the years. Carelessly, he wishes the opposite were true. What happens is a treatise on morals, self-indulgence and how crucial personal responsibility is towards one’s self.
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The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

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Dorian Gray, a young man of wealth and stature in late 1800’s London, meets Lord Henry Wotton while posing for a portrait by his friend Basil Hallward. Once the painting is complete, Dorian realizes that it will always be young and attractive, while he will be forced to age and wither with the years. Carelessly, he wishes the opposite were true. What happens is a treatise on morals, self-indulgence and how crucial personal responsibility is towards one’s self.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012442376
  • Publisher: Syed Arshad Gillani
  • Publication date: 5/13/2011
  • Series: Oscar Wilde Books , #6
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 532 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2011

    Amazing book - don`t miss your chance to read it!

    I was introduced to Dorian Gray by my best friend, and I thought that it would be another boring and hard to read book by Oscar Wilde. I was wrong! This is a great story of man's eternal desire for perennial youth. A man, who followed the wrong path and never came back to the place he began!
    Dorian Gray is a young man whose physical appearance is handsome and innocent. An aspiring artist paints a beautiful portrait of Dorian. Dorian wishes that he will always look like his youthful appearance in the portrait. The wish comes true. Dorian remains the same, youthful and charming, but the portrait begins to transform itself into the image of his soul.
    I got an impression of Dorian being very selfish person, who uses his charms on people to obtain what he wants. He never loved anyone or anything except his own appearance. He is very insensitive to the world around him. The evil desires of his heart eventually cause him to murder a friend in cold blood. Over a period of twenty years, Dorian becomes a monster on the inside even as he remains youthful and innocent on the outside.
    Wilde's wit and sarcasm come in full splendor to tell us that the world is dangerous for the soul, when its rules are not followed.
    Oscar Wilde's commentary of his society- and the path that man was choosing to take is also a good less for our society to learn. Today, we are much farther down on that shallow path. With technology and the modern media, it is even easier to be influenced by what MTV says a girl should weigh, or what car we should drive, what food to eat. Music, television, movie, magazine, clothes, and advertisement industries rely on an image to sell. The high rate of eating disorders and self esteem in many people throughout the world is not a thing to brush aside in the debate of what is beautiful. Though it seems that Wilde says that there is a beauty, which the artist creates, but there is also an ugly world that exists. We are the one to decide what kind of person to become, what path to choose. Just don`t take the wrong road to follow.
    I was really impressed by the depth of this book! Oscar Wilde gave us a chance to grow from it, to look at Dorian`s mistakes in his concocted world, and keep ourselves from making the same ones in our reality. Don't expect easy answers from Kafka. He is not going to wrap everything up in a pretty bow, fully resolved, so that you can feel good. If you are looking for a book that requires thinking, "the picture of Dorian Gray" is a perfect choice for you!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2013

    One of the most well written books you'll ever read!

    Believe it or not, I had not heard of The Picture of Dorian Gray until the movie League of Extraordinaty Gentleman came out. I know, crazy right. No, I havn't lived under a rock my whole life. I don't know how i missed it. Well, after seeing the movie I rented every movie of The Picture of Dorian Gray I could find and fell in love with the story. Then I read the book... and fell in love with the writing.

    Reading the first chapter is like being swathed in wonderful writing from head too toe. I felt completely surrounded by it. You can almost feel the warmth of the garden, hear the sounds of the birds and dragonflies, and smell the beauty of the flowers as you sit and listen to this conversation between Harry and Basil. The writing is an immersive experince. And Basil's description of his first encounter with Dorian and the feelings that Dorian stirs in him, sound almost... romantic. At the least there's definately a bromance going on. And we also see the first crack of Dorian's facade in this chapter, which Basil's decsription of how Dorian sometiems seems purposefully cruel to him. Isn't it interesting, the first chapter ends with Harry demanding to meet Dorian and dragging Basil into the house and we haven't even met Dorian yet ourselves.

    As I read the book it occured to me that it could also have been titled the Influence of Lord Henry Wotten, for Harry's (as he's called by his friends) opinions and influence are as central to the story as Dorian Gray himself and more of a factor than the portrait itself. Hardly a scene goes by that Harry, whether present or not, is not quoted as an authority. It was as if he was the potter and Dorian was the clay. Harry was fully aware of his influence, and Dorian... Dorian seemed to be racing from one sensation to another like a spoiled child.

    This was by far one of the best written, most interesting stories I have read. I will read it over and over and would recommend it to everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2013

    One of the most well written books you'll ever read!

    Believe it or not, I had not heard of The Picture of Dorian Gray until the movie League of Extraordinaty Gentleman came out. I know, crazy right. No, I havn't lived under a rock my whole life. I don't know how i missed it. Well, after seeing the movie I rented every movie of The Picture of Dorian Gray I could find and fell in love with the story. Then I read the book... and fell in love with the writing.

    Reading the first chapter is like being swathed in wonderful writing from head too toe. I felt completely surrounded by it. You can almost feel the warmth of the garden, hear the sounds of the birds and dragonflies, and smell the beauty of the flowers as you sit and listen to this conversation between Harry and Basil. The writing is an immersive experince. And Basil's description of his first encounter with Dorian and the feelings that Dorian stirs in him, sound almost... romantic. At the least there's definately a bromance going on. And we also see the first crack of Dorian's facade in this chapter, which Basil's decsription of how Dorian sometiems seems purposefully cruel to him. Isn't it interesting, the first chapter ends with Harry demanding to meet Dorian and dragging Basil into the house and we haven't even met Dorian yet ourselves.

    As I read the book it occured to me that it could also have been titled the Influence of Lord Henry Wotten, for Harry's (as he's called by his friends) opinions and influence are as central to the story as Dorian Gray himself and more of a factor than the portrait itself. Hardly a scene goes by that Harry, whether present or not, is not quoted as an authority. It was as if he was the potter and Dorian was the clay. Harry was fully aware of his influence, and Dorian... Dorian seemed to be racing from one sensation to another like a spoiled child.

    This was by far one of the best written, most interesting stories I have read. I will read it over and over and would recommend it to everyone

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2012

    Good read

    Had to read this for a masters literature analysis class. Thought it would be boring but it was really interesting. Really loved the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2012

    Bad file

    Excellent book, but bad file! Spend the extra pennies on a different version.

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