The Aged Picture of Dorian Gray

“Imagine instead of staring at a young picture of yourself, you stayed beautiful and the picture aged. Dorian Gray experienced that turnabout of reality, Amy Amateur.”

“I’d like that, Peter. Every time I look in the mirror, there seems to be some wrinkle or spot I never saw before.”

“What would you be willing to do to take away that aging process?”

“So all my friends would get old, but I wouldn’t?”

“Yep.”

“Wow! How did it work for Dorian Gray?”

“You would be surprised.”

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Dorian Gray

The portrait aged, but Dorian Gray did not.

Why Choose a Classic Fiction?

For a while, I got into a classic book craze. I figured I’d missed something by not studying them in high school. This is one of my favorites, and the Kindle version is free. Before I started writing my review, I decided to search the internet to find out what others said about  The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.

Since Amazon rates reviews, I started there. There are lots of versions of the book. Amazingly the one with the simple picture less cover is rated #464 and the one with an attractive cover, both free is rated #1,441, and the free link in the last paragraph is listed as #283,629. Go figure.

How to Write an A+ Book Review

If you are new to writing reviews and want more information, click the link above. I always read reviews before I start to write my own. As I read the reviews, I realized that I hadn’t caught some of the nuances that other readers had noticed. The major nuance should have been as obvious, but I missed Wilde’s humor.

Dorian Gray is beautiful and charming, and egotistical to the point of narcissism. He is a socialité with superficial thinking. When his friend Basil Hallward paints his portrait, Gray immediately wishes that he could stay forever as young and charming as the portrait. Who has not wished that? Unfortunately, for him, the wish comes true.

Gray perverts all that is beautiful in his life. But, every time he sins, the portrait gets older, while Gray stays young and healthy. The book seemed sad and not humorous to me. His life is rife with sex, lies, murder and crime.

In spite of all the literary connections which I didn’t recognize, I enjoyed reading the book, and I would recommend it to those who love classics, and a touch of what I would classify as science fiction. Amazon lists it as gay, mystery, literary fiction, thriller, and psychological literature.

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