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To his pleasure, Dorian's wish comes true, and Dorian's body stops aging. Feeling liberated, Dorian decides to pursue the darker side of life by indulging in his desires of women, drugs, and other scandalous activities. The more sins he commits, the more the painting of himself corrodes. When the artist, Basil, comes to visit, Dorian blames him for the painting's corrosion and murders Basil. He then convinces a friend to get rid of the body. Dorian still clings to the belief that beauty on the outside is more important than beauty on the inside, but eventually his past actions come back to haunt him. Dorian learns first-hand that he can't escape his very own self. This dramatic tale is written skillfully, and the shocking ending will have you on the edge of your seat.
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By David on 06-20-17
What did you like best about The Picture of Dorian Gray? What did you like least?
I think I liked some of the concept of Dorian Gray, and I liked the dialog (showing that Wilde was as quick witted as any). What didn't work was some of the description (but the description may work well for other listeners)
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
The story of Dorian Gray is a well known one. Even before listening to the story, I was aware of its beats, its themes, and some of its characters. As such, I wasn't riveted in place. However, it was worth taking the time to finish.
If this book were a movie would you go see it?
There have been numerous film and television adaptations of Dorian Gray, and I might see one of them, if only to see how they treat the famous picture.
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