Book summary and review: The picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Caitlynn Krupp

 “If it were only the other way! If it were I who was to be always young, and the picture that was to grow old! For that–for that–I would give everything!” – Oscar Wilde

 

Summary:

    The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde is an essential piece of classic literature. The book centres around the main character, Dorian Gray, and his moral demise. In 213 pages the reader will witness an innocent man turn into a virulent monster. Dorian is described as a handsome and wealthy young man who was widely admired throughout London. At an event Dorian had met the painter Basil Hallward who paints the portrait of Dorian that leads to the man’s demise. After a conversation with a friend of Basil’s, Lord Harry who is known for his interesting views on life, Dorian has a meltdown and wishes for the painting of him to grow old while he forever remains young. The consequences of this wish prove to be dire and Dorian is forced to watch as the portrait grows old and portrays the corruption of his soul. Dorian is willing to go to extreme lengths to keep the painting a secret.

 

Review:

    I highly recommend this book, it is one of my favorites. I primarily read classics and this is one of the best works in my opinion. The book was written in 1890, but it is easy to comprehend.The Picture of Dorian Gray is one of those books that will make you reevaluate your morals and open your eyes to something you have never experienced. The novel has the ability to completely change your outlook on life and it causes you to think, i believe books that have that effect are truly the best. While reading you will completely forget your surroundings and experience the story. The writing is unbelievably gorgeous and the plot is ingenious. In a million words I could never describe how truely amazing this book is, I highly recommend reading it.