The Picture of Dorian Gray

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The Picture of Dorian Gray is a philosophical book by Oscar Wilde that tells the story of Dorian Gray's thirst for everlasting beauty and the curse over his portrait. This novel is first published in 1890.

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  • Carlos Padilla
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "I love reading books. The Picture of Dorian Gray was perfect for what I needed. This was a heart wrenching tale and I enjoyed every minute of it. Irish writers have a way with words and this portrayed that."
  • Humberto Bravo
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "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."
  • Tyler Mills
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "A literary classic that should be read by everyone. Even though I don't like the time period of this novel, it's worth it just for the literary prose and writing."
  • Carl Ryan
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "This is not your typical fantasy novel. It is more grounded in reality. Nonetheless, it is still great."
  • Julio Monroy
    Written on March 28, 2018
    "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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  • Teresa Walker
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "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. "
  • Mary Montgomery
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "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."
  • Matthew Patterson
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I feel like this is a fantastic solution. The book is a highly rated classic and you can't beat the price. I would definitely recommend this. "
  • Alexander Rivera
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "The Picture of Dorian Gray tells of beauty and logic. It is a great tale and great read. I could not put it down. Highly recommended. "
  • Robert Coleman
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "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."
    Ankita Chauhan
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "This is a really great book for INFJ personalities. You'll find it on tons of list for these type of personalities. YOu'll really connect to the main character!"
  • George Weber
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "Given its high rating. this book is about human flaws and desires which encompass us all. I would say this is am trkluy memnorable book and the am,azon ratinmgs reflect that"
  • Marie Webb
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Rather dry book but I understand that it is a classic. In that sense I suppose it is all right. But if you are looking to read for entertainment sake you may want to pass this one up."
  • Lauren Turner
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "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!"
  • Bobby Hayes
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "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. "
  • Alexander Henderson
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "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."
  • Shirley Gonzalez
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "I loved reading this book in high school. I decided to try it again and it meant so much more to me now that I am aging... Really a classic read, you should try it!"
  • Nathan Harper
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "This book is a classic by the all time great Oscar Wilde. It really describes the characters really well and you will get invested fairly quickly."
  • Marilyn Green
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "I found The Picture of Dorian Gray to be deep and insightful. It creates a picture of what humanity is really like at it's darker side. There is a good lesson to be learned from the book. "
  • Judy Gomez
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "Oscar Wilde is a well known artist so I think it would be safe to put this book on a bucket list. Especially for women. I've never read it myself however."
  • Bertha Zepeda
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "One of my favorite classics. Love it!"
  • José Guadalupe León
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "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."
    Edward Barnes
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "I love Oscar Wilde books. He paints a very vivid picture. So vivid you can almost see yourself in the book. It is a good story."
  • Brian Larson
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "one of the best for sure, everyone should read this"
  • Donna Harris
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "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."
  • Angélica Castillo
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "I want to get more educated in literature, and my old professor recommended this book. I wish I could say that I'm a fan, but it just wasn't for me. However, I'm glad I read it for the experience."
  • Teresa Flores
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "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. "
  • Reyna Márquez
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "This book is good for study and is interesting"
  • Arnav Das
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "Oscar Wilde is not much a master of plot. But he is a master prose stylist. And this story has entered cultural myth as an allegory of how art hides the sins of the creator or subject. It's definitely a book to be read in your lifetime. "
  • Samantha Jordan
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "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."
  • Joan Kennedy
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "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. "
  • Christine Price
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "This book really sucked me in. Sometimes I have a hard time following serious books but this was easy to read and comprehend. "
  • Gilberto Morán
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "Oscar Wilde's classic story of vanity and the quest for beauty is sure to entertain any fan of classic literature or the Gothic style. It's a beautiful glimpse into the worldview and philosophy of one of the world's greatest poets and wordsmiths."
  • Juan Snyder
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "The Picture of Dorian Gray remains a class book made into multiple moves , remakes etc. Without question it is one of the best magnum opus let alone best classic stories of all time. "
  • Jonathan Adams
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "i once read this book and it requires me to read over and over. its booking s interesting"
  • Ann Boyd
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "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."
  • Brenda Carroll
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "The picture of Dorian Gray is one of the greatest classes novels. The book helps us learn the importance of beauty and sensuality and life and how it can overcome us."
  • Olivia Snyder
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "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. "
  • Jason Brewer
    Written on April 8, 2018
    " 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."
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