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The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde

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holdencaulfieldirony's review against another edition

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dark funny tense slow-paced
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  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

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mic13's review against another edition

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challenging dark reflective slow-paced
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  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5


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hannah_so's review against another edition

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dark reflective slow-paced
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  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.25


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blymanor's review against another edition

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challenging dark sad slow-paced
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  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes
Oscar Wilde is brilliant at writing about different perspectives on morality. This book starts slow, but ends in a way that is worth the time invested.

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tuhdais06's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging dark mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0


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marierie's review against another edition

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challenging dark mysterious reflective tense medium-paced
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  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0


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minhtan's review against another edition

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dark emotional mysterious tense medium-paced
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  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0


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reverie_and_books's review against another edition

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dark medium-paced
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  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

Review: The Picture of Dorian Gray (🇩🇪 below) 

Synopsis: Dorian Gray is a beautiful young man who has his portrait painted. Confronted with the fact that he will age and the picture will mock him for it, he wishes to stay forever young. It is a story about moral decay. 

I have mixed feelings. On one hand, it is beautifully, artfully written. I also like that it leaves the moral to the reader (interesting, because the novel was published twice - the second time apparently being 'less unmoral'). 

On the other hand, there is a lot of misogyny and sprinkles of antisemitism in this book. It is fitting for Dorians Character development, at the same time I found these parts hard to read. It seems that Wilde used many stereotypes to represent various movements of the Victorian era. So I am left a little puzzled while repeating this citation in my head: It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors. 
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🇩🇪 Inhalt: Dorian Gray ist ein außergewöhnlich schöner junger Mann. Während von ihm ein Portrait angefertigt wird stellt er für sich fest, dass er selbst altert, das Portrait jedoch nicht. Darauf wünscht er sich, es wäre umgekehrt. Es ist eine Geschichte über falsche Freunde, die Viktorianische Ära und moralischen Verfall. 

Ich habe gemischte Gefühle zu diesem Roman. Einerseits sind die Sätze einfach wunderschön. Zudem überlässt Wilde den Leser:innen die Moral. Ein interessanter Aspekt dazu ist, dass der Roman zweimal veröffentlich wurde - beim zweiten Mal wohl weniger "unmoralisch". Die Geschichte rund um Oscar Wilde finde ich teils sehr tragisch und in dieser Ausgabe sind viele zusätzliche Informationen enthalten. 

Andererseits ist der Roman mit Antisemitismus und Misogynie besprenkelt. Beides fand ich schwer auszuhalten, gleichwohl passt es zu der Entwicklung der Charaktere. Der Roman hat damals viele schlimme Kritiken eingebracht, jedoch nicht aus diesen Gründen. Wilde hat (nach kurzer Recherche meinerseits) viele Stereotypen seiner Zeit verwendet. Dazu schwirrt mir sein Zitat im Kopf: It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors. 

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s_zk05's review against another edition

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adventurous dark slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.75


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lucylilacs's review against another edition

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dark reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0


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