The Picture of Dorian Gray – The ‘Forbidden Fruit’ of a Century

Oscar Wilde had some serious balls!

The Picture of Dorian Gray” didn’t just earn the audacious author a great deal of notoriety but also a fair amount of jail time! It is said, this was “the book that gave Oscar Wilde away” – his scandalous sexual orientation and his principles – if he believed he had any.

It was the “Forbidden Fruit” of the 19th century and could be yours if you want to clutch on to your scruples dearly!

This book is enthralling, thrilling, gripping but above all, it is absolutely corrupting. Be warned reader, it will leave you in a daze. This is one of those books you will put down multiple times and look into the distance to ponder over what the characters preach.

The book has the ability to evoke emotions you have never felt. It will lead you into intellectual avenues you’d never thought of venturing or you only subconsciously have. It has the potential to shatter your perceptions and challenge your ideas. Hell! It could convince you morals don’t exist.

It will seduce your senses and will leave you addled long after you have turned the last leaf.

Run in abandon if you cannot take cynicism and hate vanity. Do not take it up if you want to protect your beliefs for this is a strangely soul-altering piece of art. Pick it up if you want to be thrust into an abyss of ridiculous philosophy, heart-wrenching, racing, shocking plot twists.

You will never be the same after you have read “The Picture of Dorian Gray.”

The Star Cast of the book:

  • Dorian Gray – The eponymous character endowed with extreme beauty
  • Basil Hallward – the boring but talented artist, who paints a masterpiece – a portrait of Dorian Gray
  • Lord Henry Wotton a.k.a Harry (lovingly) – A man of annoying intellectual and financial wealth who befriends Dorian Gray at Basil Hallward’s house and takes a bewitching fascination to the lad.

The story takes us on a wrecking, fast-paced journey where Lord Henry is almost always only mocking and ridiculing ideas when not pushing Dorian to vanity. Lord Henry’s ideas are scandalous. The things he says would sometimes make you want to throw a shoe at him. At others, you’d let him take over your mind completely. You’ll love Harry for his ominous, riotous opinions, just like the ladies in the books that laugh at them – not out of mockery but just out of pure admiration.

You will wonder at Basil’s admiration for Dorian and his influence over his art. You will want to meet painters just to ask if their subjects really made or broke their passion for art!

As for Dorian, Mr. Wilde sculpted his character with care. You will never hate Dorian. You will perhaps only pity him.

There will be times, often, when you will feel like Dorian. At others you will feel like Harry. You will feel sad for Basil. And the rest of the time, you will be at the mercy of an engrossing narrative.

In Wilde’s own words: “Basil Hallward is what I think I am: Lord Henry what the world thinks me: Dorian what I would like to be—in other ages, perhaps.”

With an ensnaring beginning, a solid story-line and a dramatic, oddly satisfying end, “The Picture of Dorian Gray” has humongous amounts of grey matter in it. It will etch its initials on the walls of your brain and brand your soul with its unique mark. It’s a heartless book, dark, tainted with cynical humor and terrifying, stark realities.

It shall remain my favorite until I read another of this sort.