A handsome dissolute man who sells his soul for eternal youth is horrified to see the reflection of his degeneration in the distorted features of his portrait
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A lush, cautionary tale of a life of vileness and deception or a loving portrait of the aesthetic impulse run rampant? Why not both? After Basil Hallward paints a beautiful, young man's portrait, his subject's frivolous wish that the picture change and he remain the same comes true. Dorian Gray's picture grows aged and corrupt while he continues to appear fresh and innocent. After he kills a young woman, "as surely as if I had cut her little throat with a knife," Dorian Gray is surprised to find no difference in his vision or surroundings. "The roses are not less lovely for all that. The birds sing just as happily in my garden."
As Hallward tries to make sense of his creation, his epigram-happy friend Lord Henry Wotton encourages Dorian in his sensual quest with any number of Wildean paradoxes, including the delightful "When we are happy we are always good, but when we are good we are not always happy." But despite its many languorous pleasures, The Picture of Dorian Gray is an imperfect work. Compared to the two (voyeuristic) older men, Dorian is a bore, and his search for ever new sensations far less fun than the novel's drawing-room discussions. Even more oddly, the moral message of the novel contradicts many of Wilde's supposed aims, not least "no artist has ethical sympathies. An ethical sympathy in an artist is an unpardonable mannerism of style." Nonetheless, the glamour boy gets his just deserts. And Wilde, defending Dorian Gray, had it both ways: "All excess, as well as all renunciation, brings its own punishment."From the Publisher:
Oscar Wilde's only published full length novel, is the story of a man who sells his soul for eternal youth. In exchange, what does he give up and what does he gain? This novel, by Wilde is a wonderful soul-searching example of the cost of paradise, and the price of a wish.
Read by actor, comedian, novelist, journalist, screenwriter Stephen Fry, Dorian Gray's dilemma comes alive. He has also acted in a variety of films including A Fish Called Wanda, Peter's Friends, and The Wind in the Willows.
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Book Description Penguin Publishing Group. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fair. Bookseller Inventory # G0460011987I5N00
Book Description Littlehampton Book Services Ltd, 1976. Gebundene Ausgabe. Book Condition: Gut. 224 Seiten Einband mit Gebrauchsspuren, Aufkleber auf dem hinteren Einband, Buchrücken nachgedunkelt und gestoßen, Ecken gestoßen, Seiten nachgedunkelt, sonst in gutem Zustand, Artikel stammt aus Nichtraucherhaushalt! von Deutschland aus T78 Sprache: Englisch Gewicht in Gramm: 9072. Bookseller Inventory # 124911
Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. Bookseller Inventory # GOR002408090
Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: Fair. A readable copy of the book which may include some defects such as highlighting and notes. Cover and pages may be creased and show discolouration. Bookseller Inventory # GOR002703451
Book Description London, Everymans Library, 1976, 1976. Taschenbuch. 185 Seiten TB, The Picture of Dorian Gray is Oscar Wilde's first novel, and was first published in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine, July 1890., BuchNr. d. Verl. 1198, 185 Seiten, Zustand: geringe Spuren Taschenbuch Sprache: Deutsch Gewicht in Gramm: 450. Bookseller Inventory # 65105
Book Description J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd, Herts, 1976. Soft Cover. Book Condition: Good to Worn - Marks, Buckled. Everyman No. 1198 Size: 4 1/2" x 7". Bookseller Inventory # 052598