The wish comes true, and Dorian soon finds that none of his wicked actions have visible consequences. Realizing that he will appear fresh and unspoiled no matter what kind of life he lives, Dorian becomes increasingly corrupt, unchecked by public opinion. Only the portrait grows degenerate and ugly, a powerful symbol of Dorian's internal ruin.
Wilde's dreamlike exploration of life without limits scandalized its late-Victorian audience and has haunted readers' imaginations for more than a hundred years.
(P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
The writing is excellent, narration is great. The story line is a painting of the Victorian age, the morality is timeless. A person would want to explore the thoughts of those times to enjoy.
Competently written narrative but absolutely ridiculous and unbelievable dialogue between some English snobs. Did people actually talk like this? To say nothing of the incessant themes of misogyny and latent homosexuality. A horribly dated and largely forgettable book.
The reader was excellent.
Not worth your time.
If they wanted something classic and lovely, sure. The movie didn't really give it much justice.
Well, I guess Dorian. I can't blame him for doing all he did. It just sucks how things ended up.
Oh definitely. Old books are hard for me to read because it doesn't flow right in my brain. But having it read to me, I listened and played attention and got so much more out of the story that if I had read it myself.
If anything, it made me miss college.
I'm pretty sure I only liked this because I learned about it in class. That's probably why I didn't care for the Great Gatsby.
Certainly! It held my attention and I was intrigued by the premise.
Dorian, a tortured soul who really does want to do right.
no this was my first and I thoroughly enjoyed it!
If I had the time yes.
i couldn't tell you - never read the print version
the memory of seeing "wilde" - the movie about oscar wilde's life, and how remarkably similar this book is to the goings on in the author's life.
no - after awhile, it does get a bit old though - all the witty observations, at first playful and fun, get a bit tedious and later too much.
I purchased this audio book in spite of having seen the movie. It was a good listen but not outstanding. It held my interest so no real complaints here.
While Oscar Wilde is indeed a great writer, and this book is read beautifully by Simon Vance, the weakness is that key plot elements in The Picture of Dorian Gray have not aged well.
First, one has to suspend disbelief about how a painting of the protagonist magically ages while the protagonist stays young looking.
Second, one has to believe this staying young looking causes the protagonist to become evil, yet, the reader gets relatively little insight into what evil that the protagonist has done. Further, much of the supposed wrong doing Dorian supposedly engages in is by Victorian standards, not modern ones. Through the magical painting Dorian Gray manages to stay looking like he was 20 until he is 38, whereas the painting of him turns into an ugly, aged, satyr. These days with 40 year old movie stars still looking like they're 20 makes it hard to swallow how staying young looking would cause Dorian to become evil.
The Picture of Dorian Gray is a morality play, with a message. But the Victorian plot devices Wilde uses have not aged well, making the story all too incredible for some readers to enjoy, which somehow seems oddly fitting about a story of a many who does not age appropriately and who is obsessed with pleasure.
I decided to listen to the original story since the outline is very well known and has even been immortalised in Jasper Fforde's 'Thursday Next' Series. Alas, my fears about reading styles of yesteryear were realised. The story is slow and extremely philosophical.
Simon Vance's performance is fitting to the writing style but that makes it less accessible to the modern mind. I gave up listening to it about 1/3 of the way in. I might try again in a year or two.
It's known to be a classic and regarded very highly but a bit too high-brow for my current frame of mind.
I commute about an hour each way to work and listen to audio books enroute. Sometimes I don't want to get out of my car because I'm at a really good place!
I found myself drifting throughout the story. The general premiss was good, but it seemed to go on and on about nothing. Very disappointing.
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