Posted by: JulieAloha | December 21, 2017

The Great Admissions Reading Challenge 2: Book 26: The Picture of Dorian Gray

While I like the writing style of Oscar Wilde and have enjoyed others of his books, I had a difficult time finishing The Picture of Dorian Gray because I found the character of the title person so detestable I didn’t want to continue reading about him. The idea behind the story is that the young man, Dorian Gray, sits for a portrait and makes a wish that he should always stay young and beautiful and that the picture should grow old and show the ravages of life and time rather than he. His wish achieved, he then comes under the influence of another morally questionable person and proceeds to make a series of reprehensible choices throughout his life as he seeks a life of pleasure. Understanding that this is a morality tale, my main problem with the novel is that I don’t see why his evident fount of eternal youth necessarily should have been connected with or led to the choices he made in life; the one thing really has nothing to do with the other.

Completed 12/21/17, current balance 422.5 points

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