Oscar Wild's only novel is full of murder and mayhem in the life of a self absorbed socialite. It tells the Faustian story of the downfall of Dorian Gray due to his deal with the devil tied up in a painting that captures his aging and moral decay and keeps him young. Very interesting twists.
I have recommended, and will keep recommending, this book/ audio book to anyone and everyone. Lord Henry shows both the impractical and the practical side of a wicked philosophy, while Basil shows the craving for simple, naive, or innocent personalities among those of us who have come into the knowledge of sin and yet resist temptation. Dorian Gray, and the changes he faced throughout this novel, represent the transition from innocence to adulthood and how simple mistakes change us forever. In this hauntingly beautiful novel, Oscar Wilde depicts both this philosophy, and his wit without overpowering the underlying moral takeaway in what has to be one of the greatest novels of all time.
I would not recommend this for Militant (i.e. unwilling to learn) Christians, Atheists, or other firm believers in something absolute. This is a novel for those willing to learn, for in learning, you are re-instituting your very belief system.
This was a really great audio book. i would recommened it to everyone.
This could have been a good story. The writer went on and on about stuff that wasn't applicable to the story. The narrator could have helped if he had differentiated more between the voices of the three main characters and the narrator more.
I know a very few stories that are able to encapsulate life and art in such a way. through Dorian Gray we can all see our deepest darkest reflection. everything we've ever done or thought of doing. Oscar Wilde truly was one of the greatest artists to ever touch pen to paper
Incredible well told story. I considered reading this book before, but didn't. I am kicking myself for not reading this sooner. Oscar Wilde only wrote one full book and this is it. This story could be a movie today set in any city in the world. It was way before its time. A story of ethics.
Incredibly descriptive and captivating. The plot really thickens in the last quarter of the book and regardless of Dorian's good fortune and abundance of luck, karma catches up to him. Absolutely fantastic read!