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What the community says about The Picture of Dorian Gray
- "I've been recently becoming a fan of British literature, more importantly, the 19th century. This book ticks all the boxes; it provides an enthralling tale of love and loss. I particularly enjoyed the callbacks to the "Prince Charming" nickname used at the beginning of the book. If you haven't already, give this a read. You're going to want to allocate some time for this one as the language used takes some getting used to. However, it is one of the better books I've read this year. Only 4.5 stars because I'm jealous of the people that got to pay a penny for this book."
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- "The Picture of Dorian Gray is a story of young Gray finding the secrets of eternal youth. Immortality is a flagship topic within my library and this book is no exception. This book really hits home when it comes to conveying cause-and-effect and is one my personal favorite fiction books."
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- "This book is a classic and must read for literature fans. It's a little depressing and (certainly) ponderous at times. But it's well worth the time. I read it first, years ago, in college - and it has stayed with me for many years. I reread it a few years ago, when I hit 'middle age' and it had even more import. This book asks the big questions, so be prepared that it will sit with your for years. It is set in London, of course, but it's a period book, and somewhat scholarly - so be prepared for both those things. "
- "This book is a classic-I love the story, but the part of Dorian was so not-fitting! He sounded a lot older than he was supposed to be and mumbled quite a bit. Librovox is a great app for listening to the classics and the people that volunteer to do the reading are usually really good. To make it even better, they should audition people first or have some way of making sure that the voices match the characters they're playing. Amazon offers a wide variety of ways to buy the book and read reviews, but it is not affiliated with Librovox, which is free. That is why I'm only giving it a 3 rating."
- "Oscar Wilde's tale of the fictional character Dorian Gray's life and his glorification of decadency caused quite a scandal in Victorian England. His portrait plays a central role in the plot and this story line is quite a tale, even if it tends to maybe not adhere strictly to the INFJ personality profile, it comes close. High marks for this classic."
- "I often was wondering what the best books in the Gutenberg catalog was, thankfully I have a friend who read some of them and told me about The Picture of Dorian Gray. This is such a riveting book! I couldn't put it down. It makes you think about your own ego in relation to Dorian's. I enjoyed it!"
- "The Picture of Dorian Gray is one of the all time great novels, with characters and a story line that is still relevant all these years later. It has been the basis of countless other works of literature, film and other media, and it perfect for anyone seeking a classic work in the public domain that both entertains and stimulate the mind and heart. "
- "This is a very well known classic piece of literature, but not exactly what I expect for this search criteria. This is not a particularly long title at all. The book itself is also fairly short. I want to see books with much longer titles or at least lengthy contents."
- "Forget the movie. Read this book and find out why Oscar Wilde was looked down upon by society in Victorian England. Although it was kind of a love-hate relationship. Anyways Wilde reveals the absurdities of that time and actually all times. His deconstruction is still apt today. I’d love to see him portray the age of Trump."
- "The Picture of Dorian Gray is a wonderful book with a quite evil protagonist. Oscar Wilde's only full length novel is an interesting exploration of hedonism and greed through the lens of its titular character, Dorian Gray. While some may argue whether or not Gray is a complete "villain" or if he is largely corrupted by circumstance and influence, either way the book explores the corruption of a character who the reader comes to hate more and more throughout the story."
- "In my opinion this is Oscar Wilde's greatest work. It is a horror story that is very detailed and suspenseful. It is a classic story that has been out in many different forms. He was ridiculed and criticized when it came out because of the culture of that era. Very interesting read and philosophical too. Very unique book, A little depressing at times. "
- "The Picture of Dorian Grey was easily one of the best books I have ever read. This book was written well over a century ago and yet still remains popular and insightful. Wilde’s perception of humanity is, in my opinion, spot on. Every single word of this book has depth and insight."
- "I enjoyed the overall concept of this book, the story and its setting was quite enjoyable. This novel is considered one of the best works from the 1890's, it is easy to see why once you get into the book. I found the book to be easy to read, while also giving some more advanced philosophical content. "
- "While this is a classic book that many people will enjoy, I do not agree that it is a middle school classic. Yes, some middle-school students will be at this reading level, but the average student will not. This book is better suited for a high-school or college student. It is a complex read that is will become easier to understand after more life experience."
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in What are the best classic books"I think this is a great solution. This book is classic and timeless and therefore does classify as a book to read before you die, especially because it has stood the test of time. It deals with issues I think humans will always continue to deal with and probably will face as they age and find themselves chasing after everlasting beauty. "
- " Oscar Wilde was one of the best writers of his era and The Picture Of Dorian Gray is a great story. It's been made into a movie multiple times but none of the movies I've seen of this book do it justice. They just don't have the engrossing character and plot development that the book does. It's almost like you're inside the mind of Dorian Gray. Also I recommend by this author The Importance Of Being Earnest."