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The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde

billtiger's review against another edition

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4.0

The Picture of Dorian Gray narrates the experiences of an adored and reputable man of extrinsic beauty, and his troubled and dark intrinsic world, in which he can only view himself.

f_xrl's review against another edition

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

4.75

r0unde's review against another edition

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3.0

Dorian Grey is the epitome of a rich boy who complains about doing the bare minimum with anything. I was going to rate it 2 stars but I was very happy with the ending, which made me bump it up one star lol

sydneyline's review against another edition

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3.0

longest coming out text i have ever read

jkjk
boring as at the beginning but got good after like midway through
misogyny was kinda funny bc it would be in the middle of a scene then henry would be like "women are for decoration." and i think that that's funny

bexisboring's review against another edition

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dark mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

anna_keenan210's review against another edition

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5.0

This book is a great model for how society depicts vanity, corruption and cruelty. I found Dorian to be very intriguing and often (dare I say it) kind of relatable. He was very naive at the start of the novel and obviously this was due to Lord Henry's influence.

This is my first time reading one of Oscar Wilde's works and I must say that the man has a way with words! The writing was beautiful yet held emotion and sorrow and really conveyed the characters' moods and the surroundings.

People categorise this book into the horror genre which I think is wrong. It isn't a typical scary story full of monsters and vampires which is what the horror genre is typically based off. Dorian sells his sole to the Devil in order for immortality and eternal youth, which is blasphemous and more gothic than horror in my opinion.

The book is a good example of showing us that being afraid of our own conscience and actions is worse than being spooked by the monster under your bed. Man is sinful and we as humans often find ourselves crossing the line between morality and immortality unconsciously.

marsking's review against another edition

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dark emotional tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • 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

danielacampello's review against another edition

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dark reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0


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paulamar's review against another edition

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dark emotional mysterious reflective tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? N/A
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

waste_cup's review against another edition

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

4.5