“The fashionable substitute for belief”
“You are a sceptic”
“Never! Scepticism is the beginning of faith”
“What are you?”
“To define is to limit”
“Give me a clue”
“Threads snap. You would lose your way in the labyrinth”
“You bewilder me. Let us talk of someone else”
“Our host is a delightful topic. Years ago he was christened Prince Charming”
If you have been a curious soul; you would have come across this name quite a few times.
If not; you just did.
Dorian Gray is the protagonist of the book. The book follows his journey from being a handsome young man to being a handsome young adversary.
It all starts when Basil Hallward draws a portrait of a man which would turn out to be best painting he will ever paint and the inception of something that he would later realise as his grave mistake.
When Dorian first witnesses this portrait; he is left in awe. His beauty was always the talk of the people around him and the compliments always kept pouring in but when he first got acquainted with his beauty; it baffled him. But then thanks to the extremely influential Lord Henry Wotton a bitter-sweet feeling grows on him and then leaves a foul taste that will never let him be.
The body sins once,and has done with its sin, for action is a mode of purification. Nothing remains then but the recollection of a pleasure,or the luxury of regret.
The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it. Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden to itself, with desire for what its monstrous laws have made monstrous and unlawful.
At that very moment, Dorian wishes anything but this. To keep his youth. To not grow old and wither and die.
For that-for that- I would give everything! Yes, there is nothing in the whole world I would not give! I would give my soul for that!
In a nutshell, the book follows the journey of Dorian Gray as he goes on a journey of various experiences as a result of his wish being granted.
But it would be a sin to explain this in a nutshell. It is so much more that what meets the eye.
The Picture of Dorian Gray takes you on a journey of self-reflection and assessment.
We, humans, have a strange notion of morality. This book strikes the right chords to make us re-think on that.
Nothing scares us more than the things that we don’t say.
I read this quote somewhere and it is still there with my; maybe in my gallery waiting for its turn to become the wallpaper again.
And a picture indeed speaks a thousand words.
Dorian doesn’t realize what he has turned into until he stares at the painting hanging on the wall; once which was beautiful; a reflection of his youth which now remains a horrible nightmare turned true, carrying the soul of his, tainted by the deeds that he did.
Why should you not read it?
There is a very simple reason to this question. This book is not for entertainment. If you happen to start reading it; devote your time to it. The language in the book is high-end and magical. You will be easily influenced by the characters and the things that they say. The book is influential.
Are you one of those who search on Google or Goodreads for quotes to match your mood?
For quotes to make your profile picture or Instagram upload or a tweet look even better?
This book is for you.
Oscar Wilde has been known for his writings and rebellious attitude. His words found a rather odd place to fit it.
Explore one of his best works.
Here are few excerpts from the book that appealed to me.
Women, as some witty Frenchman once put it, inspire us with the desire to do masterpieces, and always prevent us from carrying them out.
Good resolutions are useless attempts to interfere with scientific laws. Their origin is pure vanity. Their result is absolutely nil. They give us, now and then, some of those luxurious sterile emotions that have a certain charm for the weak. That is all that can be said for them. They are simply cheques that men draw on a bank where they have no account.
Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.
Favourite Chapter: XVII
In case you want to buy it:
If you’re from Bangalore; you can lend it from me!