Enthralled by his own exquisite portrait, Dorian Gray exchanges his soul for eternal youth and beauty. Influenced by his friend Lord Henry Wotton, he is drawn into a corrupt double life; indulging his desires in secret while remaining a gentleman in the eyes of polite society. Only his portrait bears the traces of his decadence. The novel was a succes de scandals and the book was later used as evidence against Wilde at the Old Bailey in 1895. It has lost none of its power to fascinate and disturb.
This was a reread for me as it felt perfect for an October read! It feels like an absolute ages since I last read it! I last read it pre-Goodreads or before I kept any log of books that I’d read so, it’s been at least 10 years but the impact was just as strong this time around. I gave this book 5 stars and gave it a promise not to wait so long before the next reread. This copy is the gorgeous clothbound classic cover that my partner bought me as a gift, I love a book with a ribbon book mark.
Dorian started the book as a young, rather innocent man but was quickly drawn into a life of corruption and swiftly began to disregard the feelings of others in favour of his own pleasure. It was really enjoyable reading about how quickly he was turned from the young man who just wanted to marry a penniless actress to the man who appeared young but had lost his way and given up on caring about anyone other than himself.
This book features one of my absolute favourite insults You’re a third-rate actress with a pretty face. Poor Sybil!
This book was a fascinating delve into corruption. As a reader it made me wonder if I’d be evil if the badness wouldn’t show on my face…probably not, I’d feel too bad. It was very thought provoking and this book really stuck with me
The book had a jump through time which really did wonders in showing just how far Dorian had sank into despair in such a short amount of time.
This book was more disturbing thank scary but absolutely perfect for a spooky seasonal read. It’s a firm favourite on my favourite classics list and I highly recommend it!