May 09, Pages. Flamboyant and controversial, Oscar Wilde was a dazzling personality, a master of wit, and a dramatic genius whose sparkling comedies contain some of the most brilliant dialogue ever written for the English stage. From the Paperback edition. Oscar Wilde — was an Irish writer, poet, and playwright. Fiction Classics Literary Fiction Category: Fiction Classics Literary Fiction. Miguel de Cervantes' Don Quixote has been on my reading list for a long time. It took me a good 11 months to work up the appetite, desire and guts to indulge in this phenomenal piece of writing.
Described by many as the beginning of modern novel, Don Quixote relates a crazed Alonso Quixano's sallies from his native La Mancha to various provinces of Spain. Beyond the usual adventures of the windmills, freeing of the slaves, and fair Dulcinea - all of which are a part of every child's introduction to fairy tales and literature - lies the second part of the novel.
Cervantes published two Don Quixote novels, and whereas the first one colors our imaginations as children, the Part II - published ten years after Part I, in - brings forth Cervantes as a witty author who employs Don Quixote's insanity to illustrate the genius of his loyal servant Sanco Panza; the trivial entertainments of the Duke and the Duchess, whose cunning knowledge of the first novel, which is referred to numerous times in Part II, provide for the creative and chivalric plots that the nobles employ to ridicule Don Quixote; and a grand finale of sobriety that settles for once and all the history of Don Quixote.
This book contains an immense amount of conflicting concepts and world views. This is the main thing that interested me in reading this book. There is one character that has a great affect on another. His affect changes the entire course of the story. It is interesting to see the way one person can so deeply influence another who is so innocent.
It is like an experiment except using the soul of a human. This book did that for me.
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It really caused me to reflect on the influence that others have on me and the destruction of my own soul and my need for a Savior. This story is a clear view of the sins and secrets of the soul and its overpowering pain over a life that seems to have everything one can want from this world. It highlights human's desire for youth and everlasting life ending in death. You see a loss of power over ones passions and actions. The destruction deep down inside of you causes you to do horrendous things to protect yourself.
I also see a difference between the inner and outer life. What may look beautiful on the outside is really a deep dark sinful secret creeping in your subconscious eventually destroying you. There is no control when one tries to atone for his sins on his own. In conclusion, this story is not just entertainment and fiction, it is a challenge and forces oneself to realize his sins are a force that must be reckoned with - Bridgett Cockrell This book was absolutely stunning, it was a shame it didn't contain any of Wilde's poetry or De Profundis but other than that this book was wonderful.
The beautiful purple cover with the patterns and gold pages just made this a pleasure to read, I enjoyed picking this up and the feel of it. The only downside to this is obviously I can't fit this in my handbag, but collection books are supposed to go in handbags so I'm being a little petty. Wilde is a phenomenal writer and it was a shame his life This book was absolutely stunning, it was a shame it didn't contain any of Wilde's poetry or De Profundis but other than that this book was wonderful.
Wilde is a phenomenal writer and it was a shame his life was cut short due to social prejudice and intolerance. Gorgeous book and I think the Barnes and Noble leather bound classics editions of book would make a wonderful present for anyone, because I sure as hell would love someone eternally for getting me this. Bit pricey, but for the quality this is actually quite fair and reasonable, and I could not rate this book any higher: An entertaining marriage of the gothic and the decadent, two genres that often overlapped, just never before with quite so many witticisms.
The link between outer beauty and inner beauty, so beloved by the Renaissance, is reexamined but not necessarily disproven, just An entertaining marriage of the gothic and the decadent, two genres that often overlapped, just never before with quite so many witticisms.
The Picture Of Dorian Gray and Other Writings By Oscar Wilde
The link between outer beauty and inner beauty, so beloved by the Renaissance, is reexamined but not necessarily disproven, just left ambiguous. And the "love that dares not speak its name," the same "sin" that ended up with Wilde in prison, is part of Dorian's debauchery, although he seems to be bisexual rather than gay he "ruins" many young women as well as men.
I think Wilde is most effective in his dramas, but his one novel is simultaneously thoughtful and superficial: A tu sensibilidad, tu sentido del valor. So why not finally sit down and read the rest of his works? Since this novel was a collection, I shall be breaking this review into parts. Since it is such a well known classic, I thought I would begin with Dorian Gray already knowing about the painting.
Instead, it started with him being a 4. Instead, it started with him being a petulant child who makes a ridiculous wish. However, after reading the long-winded, contradictory statements of one character that corrupts Dorian, this novel became more of what I thought it would be. We see Dorian corrupt all those around him without caring. Since I was accustomed to Wilde's plays, it was intriguing to read an actual novel by him. Though his language could be round-a-bout and confusing, overall I rather enjoyed this classic.
Short Stories Alright, now his short stories is where he lost me a bit. It was almost like he was trying to do an Aesop's Fables type of thing. They all seemed to have a moral, but again, with his round-a-bout writing it got muddled. Plus, there was one about Shakespeare's sonnets that I pretty much skimmed because it was boring to read. Plays My favorite section! I already told you of my love for The Importance of Being Earnest , so reading that one was nostalgic. It was just as amazing and full of conundrums that I remembered. However, I noticed a trend with his plays.
The ones that had to do with London Society all had characters that never spoke outright. There was a lot of double meanings and hiding events. Unfortunately, I believe Wilde was simply writing how society was in that time. I did love all the plays. And I realize that the conflict is what makes the plays. But sometimes, as a reader, you simply wish the characters were truthful and forthcoming with information.
Oct 24, Clara rated it really liked it. Initially, I did not want to read this book, and I opted to read Sense and Sensibility instead since I was more familiar with Jane Austen. But earlier in the year, my best friend told me great tales about this classic, so I decided to give it a shot.
Lord Henry what the world thinks me: Dorian what I would like to be- in other ages, perhaps. As one explores his life, Initially, I did not want to read this book, and I opted to read Sense and Sensibility instead since I was more familiar with Jane Austen. As one explores his life, an individual can certainly see the relation between the characters and the author himself.
Wilde valued aestheticism greatly and was often present not only in his literary works, but also his social life. He was also an open homosexual, and called homosexuality a norm. The book starts off with an introduction to not only the story, but the author's life as well. With the information in mind, I knew I was in for a ride. After the interesting introduction, we proceed with the first chapter where the three main protagonists are introduced. Namely, Basil Hallward-- a talented painter, Lord Henry Wotton--who may be best described as a dandy, and Dorian Gray-- a stunning young man with pure innocence.
Basil paints a picture of Dorian, who he refuses to tell Lord Henry about.
Lord Henry immediately shows his interest in the model and claims it to be Basil's best work yet, even telling Basil that he should exhibit it. Hesitation clouds Basil's mind as he tries to explain the nature of his relationship with Dorian and why he absolutely cannot have this painting exhibited. Dorian is immediately enthralled by Lord Henry's radical concepts and begins to live life the Lord Henry way.
As his approach to life changes, his gorgeous picture slowly deteriorates. Several cynical ideas were discussed in the book and without shame. Some of these include homosexuality, suicide, substance abuse, and even murder. The topic of external beauty and eternal youth also plays an important role in the story's development. Some people can't take this hard blow, but for the open-minded and opinionated, it's rather engaging. But mind you, the text will change a person drastically, either for the good, or the bad.
The doses of homosexuality intrigued me and had me wondering what happened between the lines.
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The thoughts presented were so rattling that I had to drop the book and just think about my life for three straight days, what I've done, whether my life is worth living, and how my life should be lived. I actually thought of prettifying myself, in exchange for intelligence, money, or even emotion. Reading the book took me to a dark place, but it didn't hinder me from enjoying it nonetheless. Despite having dark ideas, I really appreciated Basil's uncertainty and vulnerability when it came to his relationship with Dorian.
Throughout the story, I found myself agreeing with Lord Henry, despite the morbid vibe his principles give off. No matter how harsh, or deniable, what he speaks is the truth, and must be accepted one way or another. His life began to spiral down the moment he met Lord Henry, and his thoughts have caused me to reevaluate myself countless times as I read the book. These characters crumble, corrupt and sin, and that's the most riveting thing about them. They have flaws, they make mistakes, they're multifaceted, they're imperfect, and that makes them incredibly real as characters.
Every aspect of their humanity is believable and sometimes, one forgets they are fiction. Overall, it's a good read, and I definitely recommend it to open-minded freethinkers who welcome almost any topic under the sun. The new ideas will definitely change a person's perception of the world. Oct 18, Nash rated it really liked it.
The Picture Of Dorian Gray and Other Writings By Oscar Wilde by Wilde, Oscar
Oscar Wilde is one of the funniest, most sarcastic writers of all time. He's always been one of my favorites. The Portrait of Dorian Gay is the first novel of his I've read. I knew from reading quotes by him that he's wickedly sarcastic, but I did not expect this story to have such a strong and positive message. In it, Wilde is condemning narcissism. Dorian is self-obsessed with his life and his luxuries.
As Henry says, Dorian makes his life into a work of art. But in the introduction, Wilde war Oscar Wilde is one of the funniest, most sarcastic writers of all time. But in the introduction, Wilde warns that "all art is quite useless," so thus Dorian himself is quite useless. And he gets deservingly punished in the end. You see, we can't be like the Caliban character Wilde introduces in the Preface, always staring at the mirror, raging because we don't quite see the face we wish for in the reflection, then swearing off romance.
But maybe Dorian doesn't deserve all the blame. Maybe part of the blame has to go to our society and its unhealthy obsession with beauty. As Wilde says, artists today are only to create "beautiful things. There's also a trope about art. Throughout the book, beauty and art objects are connected to bad things. When Dorian gives up on being a good person after Celia dies, he spends all of his time with jewels and beautiful things.
When Dorian does bad things, his portrait shields him from the physical scars of his actions. As Wilde puts so scathingly in his intro, artists don't have ethical inclinations, and so their books are amoral and useless.
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Maybe if more writers had positive messages, like Wilde has here, more people would read because they'd find books so much more accessible and instructive. Apr 29, Diane rated it it was amazing. I'm really not sure why a lot of people have not read this. It truly is a work that can only be appreciated when read and reread. This is my second time reading through the pages that Wilde weaves with this epigrams and curious cascading delight for words. Each sentence is as interesting and beautiful as the last as he speaks of sin conveyed in the most interesting of manners.
Truly, Dorian is a fall from grace. A Lucifer that could have looked upon what he would become if he had the choice. Perh I'm really not sure why a lot of people have not read this. Perhaps the concept of the Devil hanging over Dorian's shoulder is what makes this story so interesting. Sin never weathers Dorian's face, he remains as beautiful as he was when he was in the prime of the human age. Only the tell-tale signs of age and sin and hate and cruelty are etched upon the portrait that Basil so intricately painted.
It is an ugly thing that portrays every crime Dorian ever committed. Even, towards the end of the novel, when he wished to become 'good' the old sin cannot be washed away. Even so, Dorian cannot conform to the 'good life' and instead forces himself to an unknowing demise because he cannot cope with the prospect of living a wholesome life. He would have to give up the sweet taste of sin, that which he had known without reprimand for years. This books tells the story of Dorian Grey a handsome and rich young man who at the beginning of the book has his portrait painted by Basil Hallward, a local artist.
After meeting Lord Henry and consequently becoming considerably more vain, Dorian pronounces a wish that the portrait would be the one to age while he himself stayed always young and handsome.
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The rest of the story relates the slow and total corruption of his character through terrible acts. And as he wished it, Dorian Grey finishes This books tells the story of Dorian Grey a handsome and rich young man who at the beginning of the book has his portrait painted by Basil Hallward, a local artist.
And as he wished it, Dorian Grey finishes the book as a young, handsome but very corrupt man. Not having changed outwardly, but having a daily reminder of his black soul. The book was not my favorite, I found the particulars of this book rather disturbing as I read it But I do think that the idea behind the book is very interesting and I have found myself thinking about it quite a bit. If you had a painting to absorb the consequences of every wrong action you took, would you be a better person? Would the painting of your conscience be enough to make you think twice? Although the idea is purely fictional, this book has made me wonder what my painting would look like and what I could do to make it better.