The Picture of Dorian Gray is my favorite novel, by this I mean that it is not the first time that I read it. This time it was a buddy read with my girls from the book club and I enjoyed it even more than the first way I read it. In any case, I have realized that I had not made a worthy review, so that is what I come to do today.
Oscar Wilde, as a good Irish writer, is one of my literary weaknesses (if not the most), and this particular story seems especially fascinating to me. I knew at all times what was going to happen because I have already read it and, even so, I couldn’t stop reading!
Basil Hallward has painted a portrait of young Dorian that he likes so much that he fears someone might see it. Seeing the result and manipulated by Lord Henry’s words, the boy pleads that it be the portrait that bears the marks of the passage of time and sin, and not him.
That mysterious wish seems to be fulfilled and Dorian sees how, little by little, the face of his portrait withers while he always remains young and beautiful. He decides to live life to the fullest without having to worry about the consequences of his actions since it will be the portrait that suffers them. In any case, such a rhythm of life will end up taking it’s toll on the young man.
About the edition
I think I have already told you about the classics that Alma is editing, but I will do it again.
This novel is published in beautiful light green and purple shades with a mirror effect on the cover. It’s a beautiful hardcover edition with a fabric bookmark and breathtaking illustrations by David Chapoulet.
I have already told you a thousand times, but I will repeat it: The Picture of Dorian Gray is my favorite novel.
Oscar Wilde’s way of writing is unmatched and his words are so delicate that they glide through our minds as if they were velvet. In this story, in addition, he managed to make a harsh criticism of the society of the moment and its rotten morals influenced by Puritanism.
Apart from all this, I consider that this could be his most intimate work since in it he portrayed himself (worth the redundancy) and completely bare his soul. He said that Basil is as he believed him to be, Lord Henry as the others believed him to be, and Dorian as he wanted to be.
I leave you below a video talking about the book, the author and the history that surrounds it. The review here is somewhat more complete and I am talking about Oscar Wilde in depth. The bad point is that it’s only in Spanish.