Whenever I read the classics, I always ask my self, “am I capable enough to rate and review this piece?” or “can I give it some justice?”. In all honesty, I’m not really sure. I hope that my honest opinion will suffice.
What I really like about this book is the build-up – how Oscar Wilde sets up the tone and the events throughout the book. At the start, Dorian’s innocence and purity brims with life and hunger for new things. It is such a clean slate, a fresh approach. I am really shocked because I’m expecting the madness to start right away. But the madness starts to creep up on you, little by little until it peaks.
This is the first Oscar Wilde novel I have read and it is deep, dark, and wicked – with an integration of art plus morality. People say that this is personal to Wilde because of his circumstances. I really need to research more about this. I need facts and his backstory.
Lastly, I really find it cool how The picture of Dorian Gray is the center of it all – it started with that painting and ends with it.