The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
This book was a breath of fresh, classic air. Oscar Wilde is an author who is not obsessed with the beauty of the earth like so many of his predecessors, but rather has a fascination with human traits and interpersonal skills with most of the book being written in the form of conversation. A great example of the modernisation of British literature; moving from excessive descriptions and weak protagonists slighted by life onto strong characters infatuated with guilty pleasures and a desire to grab at opportunities. In fact, there was no religion either, a shock for its time (However, with the sexuality of Oscar, I’m not surprised).
En excellent and exciting read; I did not feel that I was reading a classic novel but rather a modern book set in period costume with added extravagant whims.
My biggest joy when reading about Mr.Gray was the the endless quotes, Oscar has the most beautiful way with words. “The world is changed because you are made of ivory and gold. Your lips rewrite history.”
I have given this book 4 stars as although I thoroughly enjoyed the read, I was not quite as hooked to the book as previous favourites….or in fact the one I am now reading (Wait and see!).
But steer clear of the film adaptation (with Colin Firth), unless you want to watch an alternative ending/whole second half of the book?