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It is nigh impossible to find fault in the work of a masterful wordsmith such as Oscar Wilde. The writer. The legend. The man. His literary legacy is larger than life. Wilde’s prose in The Picture of Dorian Gray is absolutely exquisite. The buildup of the plot, with its myriad of subtle twists and turns, lures you in effortlessly. And the denouement is as dramatic as any of his oft cited pithy epigrams. The Picture of Dorian Gray is quintessential Wilde!

My take away: The moral of this story for me is that “the prettiest people often do the ugliest things,” yet they must ultimately pay the price for their transgressions. No one gets away with anything. The canvas of life always keeps score.

Why not 5 ⭐️? Because of Chapter 11. It was like hitting a speedbump (or conversely a pothole) on a freshly paved stretch of freeway while doing ninety. Before and after this chapter I was completely enthralled, but during those 18 insipid pages of ennui about the collection of random artefacts and worldly objects by Dorian I nearly lost the plot.

Have you read The Picture of Dorian Gray? or any of Oscar Wilde’s other writings? What are your thoughts after reading this novel? What do you find most intriguing about his writing? Thank you as always for stopping by! Please feel free to share your thoughts or reactions in a comment below. Also, if you would like to receive more updates about my writing please consider joining my newsletter mailing list by subscribing below.

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