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Book Review: The Picture of Dorian Gray By Oscar Wilde
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Book Review: The Picture of Dorian Gray By Oscar Wilde

by Chief OxAugust 29, 2011

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Book Review: The Picture of Dorian Gray By Oscar Wilde
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Classics are sacred words uttered by the most knowledgeable people who ever lived on this earth. They are epitomes of knowledge. Every word seems dipped in wisdom and every sentence a thought provoking quote, a precious jewel woven into the story. The novel, at hand – “The Picture of Dorian Gray” is likewise a literary classic, written by the renowned Irish writer and poet Oscar Wilde. A fact worth noting is that this is the only published novel by him which appeared as the lead story in ‘Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine’ on 20 June 1890.



The story is about a wonderfully charming young boy, Dorian Gray. One day, while sitting for his portrait, he figures out that ‘youth is the one thing worth having’. The pulse of joy that beats at twenty becomes sluggish with age. Limbs fail and senses rot. Youth generates into hideous puppet, haunted by the memory of passions of which it is too much afraid and that he does not have the courage to yield to those lovely temptations. Every youth dreads the day when his face would be wrinkled, his eyes dim and colorless, the grace of his fingers broken and deformed. The life that was to make his soul would ruin the body. This revelation sends sharp pangs of pain down his spine. Dorian then spells out a wish “If it were I who was to be always young and the picture that was to grow old” The wish miraculously stops the ageing process. You have to read this amazing tale filled with exciting twists and turns to know happens next.



With so many edge of the seat thrills, “The Picture of Dorian Gray” is absolutely un-put-down able. The reader is so engrossed in the story that he is transported to the very scene where it is happening. The story keeps your curiosity quotient all the time. This is not all, one can also come across many life inspiring quotes like “Experience is merely a name men give for their mistakes”, “Genius lasts longer than beauty” and “Great events take place in the brain; it is here that great sins of the world take place also”. Some of the words, indeed are difficult to understand but the kind of story in your hand, you don’t mind keeping your dictionary with you. “The Picture of Dorian Gray” is truly unforgettable, a must read for every reader who prefers quality reading.

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