Synopsis: Dorian Gray is a young aristocrat,who is occasionally subject to the whims of youth.After seeing the portrait that his friend,Basil,painted of him, Dorian wishes he could exchange his age with the everlasting youth of his portrait .Shortly afterwards,Dorian’s wish is materialized,but he is quick to detect the price he has to pay for his perennial youth: the portrait decays as he sins; the portrait has become the mirror of his soul.
Reasons why you MUST read ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’:
1.Wilde’s only novel!
Surely,you must have heard of Oscar Wilde in your lifetime.Generally,people either know him for his witty quotes or for his infamous homosexuality (he was charged with sodomy). But do you know who Oscar Wilde really? Do you know how great a genius he was? If not, then this book is a must-read! Wilde’s genius is ubiquitous in this novel.
2. The length
I will deem the book as compendious: it is neither too lengthy nor too short. The novel is comprised of 10 chapters that consist of 2, 3 or 4 pages each. In short,you will not have any difficulty reading ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ if ever you’re someone who despises mammoth books.As a matter of fact, I finished it in 3 days,albeit trying my best not to read it so quickly!
3. Delectable piece of art
Yep! I’ve used the word ‘delectable’! The reason behind such an anomaly is that ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ feels just like an eye candy. A recipient of two honours in two classical majors, Wilde knows when to end his story,when to use comic relief, and how to uphold suspense. Additionally, the words used in the novel are beautiful,looking as if they were the finest cherries hand picked from a cherry tree. Don’t be surprised,then, if you finish the book in a couple of days : given its exquisiteness, it is hard to put it down for a long time period of time.
4. Its lightness.
‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ is one of the greatest novels of all time,and its author enjoys an equally fine reputation amongst his counterparts,so it is natural that you may get intimidated by what to expect in the book: maybe the novel is heavy? or maybe you’ll find its complexity hard to cope with?However,you may heave a sigh of relief,for there is no need for such apprehension.Indeed, this book is amongst the easiest I’ve ever read,and oddly enough, such accessibility doesn’t take away any of the book’s beauty. Therein lies one the reasons why I so love this book.( I have multiple editions of it!)
5. Wittiness at its acme!
So far-I assume-you’ve only seen Wilde’s quotes in various corners of the Internet; however ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ offers you the opportunity to discover them in their respective contexts,hence giving you a new outlook on quotes that everybody seems to ‘know’. In fact, you’ll find that they will appear even much wittier in the book,for you’ll witness that their witty nature does not correlate with the serious tone of the questions that triggered them.Besides, you’ll discover less known quotes of Oscar Wilde that are just as witty as the well known ones.
6. The suspense!
As I said earlier, Wilde knows how to uphold suspense in his book. He builds a sort of expectancy within the mind of the reader and knows when to break it :he implements a completely unexpected event in the very part in which the reader’s expectation was supposed to be met.
Reasons why ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ might not be the book for you:
I can’t figure out why one might not want to read this book. It is not a sexually graphic novel – not once is the word ‘sex’ mentioned – and is easy to read. Most importantly, it is one of the greatest novels of all time.
Verdict: The beauty of ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ goes well beyond what is normally expected of a good book.It is a consummate piece of art that deserves to be tasted at least once in one’s lifetime. To miss out on reading such a book would be an absolute shame!