The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Such a disappointment!
Goodreads: Dorian Gray is a beautiful yet corrupt man. When he wishes that a perfect portrait of himself would bear the signs of ageing in his place, the picture becomes his hideous secret, as it follows Dorian’s own downward spiral into cruelty and depravity.
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.
I had heard only good things about this novel from one of my friends and decided to pick it up in hope it would start my classics reading challenge with a success. I couldn’t have been more wrong!
The idea for the plot of this story is brilliant and really en-captured me at first but then I got more into the novel and started to read more and more from the dreadful characters. I understand that the majority of the characters are not meant to be liked but I didn’t even like them as horrible characters – in a way where you like a villain because they are an awesome villian.
The main idea of this story got lost so many times with the amount of random dinner parties and trips to the opera that just ended up boring me. There was just too much going on and there were many times where I was only reading it just to finish it not because i cared about the story.
I do appreciate the litterary devices Wilde uses in this novel and I do think that if I studied it at school and looked more in depth into this novel then I might have enjoyed it more but it was just a massive disappointment.
The only reason I gave this book two stars and not one was because the ending satisfied me more than I thought it would have. As a classic I understand why it is so highly praised but as a novel I hated it!
Have you read The Picture of Dorian Gray? Are you participating in Pretty Books’ classic challenge?