Wilde Passions of Dorian Gray: A Novel

Wilde Passions of Dorian Gray: A Novel

by Mitzi Szereto

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Wilde Passions of Dorian Gray: A Novel 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like the author, I read Oscar Wilde's classic novel The Picture of Dorian Gray as a precocious child. Also like the author, I picked up on the erotic content so skillfully buried and hinted at in the prose. Later, I read that Mr. Wilde had been forced to edit the story, and I wondered how he would have written had he lived in a different age and had been free to share more of his wildly exuberant intellect and varied proclivities. Reading Mitzi Szereto's Wilde Passions of Dorian Gray, I was pleased to be in the hands of a writer who respected and admired Mr. Wilde and his work as much as I do. I was pleased we live in a time where Dorian Gray's story could come to its logical and more satisfying conclusion. I was delighted every step of the way because, as horrific as some of his actions were to read, they were logical and right. Ms. Szereto pulls no punches, and I applaud her for it. If you're after a sweet romance, look elsewhere. This is the story of a man's slide into his own personal hell, made more awful because it starts out being his idea of heaven on earth and made more beautiful by the lyrical writing that fans of Mr. Wilde's writing will treasure. The premise is simple. Dorian Gray (he who vowed to live a life of unapologetic decadence and depravity, somehow gaining eternal youth while his portrait aged and decayed) did not die as he had to during Oscar Wilde's time, a time when this final punishment was demanded to offset the rest of the titillating story. Instead, it's explained, his death was faked so he could go on delving ever deeper into his twisted desires. Few things are left out here as Dorian revels in his freedom to be just as bad as he wants to be. Some of it turned me on. Some of it turned my stomach. But, like all truly great erotica, everything contributed to the story, and it all had a purpose. It all fit. Where the original book had the cadence of a carriage ride through the countryside, this one was more like a ride on the Orient Express, a ride where the devil took the wheel a few times. The settings are lush and varied. Paris. New Orleans. Marrakesh. Peru. Again, this plays into the sense of diving headfirst into something strange and exotic, a foreign place for most of us where anything can happen next, and nothing is off limits. There's a lack of control for the reader that plays into the experiences had by Dorian. And then, Dorian meets creatures even more depraved and soulless than he has become, and the story offers hope as it seems Dorian (who started off in Oscar's tale as such a likable chap, don't forget) might still redeem himself. I won't give away the ending, but will say that it was perfect. Exactly what needed to happen to this great literary character. Oscar Wilde would raise a glass to Ms. Szereto for penning such a fine continuation to his classic story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great sequel! He's back! And still up to his old ways. I loved the first chapter where Dorian wakes up confused, surrounded by lovers. Hilariously, he's trying to figure out if one of them is a man or a woman. It's great! Szereto really captures the cleverness of Oscar Wilde, but makes the book entirely his own. It's fun, sexy, and a fantastic twist on a beloved classic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First of all, I love the concept for this book! I adored Wilde's original, and Szereto takes it in a totally different but completely plausible direction. I especially enjoyed the quotes from Lord Henry Wotton at the beginning of each chapter. That added a nice touch to my readership experience.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Perfect companion to Dorian Gray, especially if you're obsessed with erotica like I am. This book is a perfect combination of amazing writing, insanely sexy erotic content, and the character and other elements that made me fall in love with the original story in the first place, but with a modern, almost disturbingly dark twist (just like the original, but I won't spoil anything).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So this book takes place after the original "The Picture of Dorian Gray". For those who are hoping for this one to imitate Oscar Wilde's style, you're going to be disappointed. Szereto writes prose with the sense of urgency that is more common to present day literature than to the languid beauty of Wilde's time. All in all, a compelling read. Szereto is a writer who can hold her own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An exceptional sequel to a literary classic! You don't have to be a literary scholar to appreciate Szereto's respect of the written word or of Oscar Wilde himself. If Wilde had been alive to pen a sequel to his novel, I bet it would read very close to this. Seamless writing that shocks, titillates and isn't afraid to explore the dark side of desire. I was both excited and appalled by Dorian Gray' and loved every minute, hoping the book would never end. Just a warning - there is some violent content and explicit sexual content in the novel, but that is to be expected - we are talking about Dorian Gray! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Wilde Passions of Dorian Gray is a great little novel from Mitzi Szereto. The story continues the life of Dorian Gray and rather fittingly. This story has all the wit and cheekiness you expect for Oscar Wilde, plus a little more. My favorite parts were those set in the Marrakesh Opium Dens and South America, where Dorian could be anonymous as he wanted to be. Highly recommend!
SuperReaderBK More than 1 year ago
Go "WIlde" with MItzi Szereto's brilliant novel! This is SO fascinating- i love that Mitzi Szereto has taken up Oscar Wilde's pen and has carried the legacy on. How daring she is and "wildely" imaginative in that Dorian Gray fakes his death and goes on to lead a secret life. A delicious read I highly recommend!