Billedet af Dorian Gray

6. December 2018 Off By lana88

 

 

 

 

Title: The Picture of Dorian Gray

Author: Oscar Wilde

Published in English: 1890

Dansk titel: Billedet af Dorian Gray

Dansk Udgivelsesår: 2017

Sideantal: 324

Forlag: Gyldendal

ISBN: 978-8702221237

Finished Reading: December 2018

Genre: Historical Fiction

Stars: 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is my personal review without spoilers of the actual plot.

 


Written in his distinctively dazzling manner, Oscar Wilde’s story of a fashionable young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty is the author’s most popular work. The tale of Dorian Gray’s moral disintegration caused a scandal when it first appeared in 1890, but though Wilde was attacked for the novel’s corrupting influence, he responded that there is, in fact, “a terrible moral in Dorian Gray.” Just a few years later, the book and the aesthetic/moral dilemma it presented became issues in the trials occasioned by Wilde’s homosexual liaisons, which resulted in his imprisonment. Of Dorian Gray’s relationship to autobiography, Wilde noted in a letter, “Basil Hallward is what I think I am: Lord Henry what the world thinks me: Dorian what I would like to be—in other ages, perhaps.”

 


 

I had a problem with this book! That problem is simple: If you weren’t careful, you could end up reading this book without pause. The language was so inviting and entertaining I was swept up in the story almost instantly. I was spellbound from first to last page!

I’ve never read a book that juggles so many personality traits as this. This is by far literature’s greatest study of arrogance, pride and shallowness, the book represents everything bad within ourselves. This was my first time reading Oscar Wilde and the man truly had a gift when it comes to writing! His dialogue was amazing and it was a pleasant read all the way trough.

I’m amazed by the fact that the main characters had so much personality. They became alive, not only did Oscar Wilde possess the ability to write amazing dialogue and prose he also had the ability to craft compelling characters.

It’s categorized as a horror but I disagree with that, I didn’t find any reason whatsoever to categorize it as such. This is the study of human behavior and the monster that hides is some of us.

It was short and a very quick read. Truly a recommendable work. A masterpiece! Absolute Perfection!