There are only a small number of books which captivate me to such an extent that I begin desperately stealing fleeting moments here and there just to read an extra page or two.
The Picture of Dorian Gray, the only novel by renowned playwright Oscar Wilde, is one of those books.
Though I’d obviously heard of Wilde’s debauched and controversial story, I hadn’t really considered reading it until I read Robert Louis Stevenson’s Jekyll & Hyde.
In doing some background reading about that book (as I do with most books), I came across a few references to ‘Dorian Gray, so honestly, reading it just seemed like the next natural step to take.
I figured I’d read it, enjoy it, and never think of it again.
What I didn’t expect to happen, was that the book would become so good as to become an obsession.
I was fascinated by the story of Dorian Gray, his picture, and the seeming lack of consequences from his debauchery. I was riveted by the supporting characters, by the scenery that surrounds them, and of course, by Wilde’s wonderful way with words.
Sure, the story was compelling, but as with all good novels, it’s the writer’s style that really makes The Picture of Dorian Gray something truly special.
All in all, I was as captivated by the story as I was enthralled with Wilde’s brilliant prose.
When you put the two together, it’s hard not to fall absolutely in love with this complete gem of a book.
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde is the fourth entry in my list of my Top 12 All Time Favourite books.
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