The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray Summary

Dorian is a good-natured young man until he discovers the power of his own exceptional beauty. As he gradually sinks deep into a frivolous, glamorous world of selfish luxury, he apparently remains physically unchanged by the stresses of his corrupt lifestyle and untouched by age. But up in his attic, hidden behind a curtain, his portrait tells a different story.

Book Reviews


The Picture of Dorian Grey5 star

Great book, fascinating story w/ parallels timelessly suited to our current era!55


Solid3 star

But not extraordinary35


New heights for long winded dull1 star

Long boring sections on the philosophy of something. The characters are one dimensional and often act without thought of even a hint of intelligence, H15


Enjoyed it5 star

I really enjoyed reading this. Couldn’t put it down once I started. There are some lengthy and tedious parts (like others have said), but this book was just so good. Loved the ending; it really got me thinking.55


Censored Version3 star

This is a great novel, of course, but you don’t want this version. It’s the censored, 13 chapter version that is missing key characters, plot, wit, etc. Look for the 20 chapter version that includes Wilde’s preface.35


Fascinating, beautifullay written story of a depraved soul4 star

This is a masterpiece of imaginative writing. It is a strange story that seems at times to condone the sins of a detestable character, but the storyline and ending seem to clearly warn against these sins. Regardless of its likeliness as a possible story, it is fascinating, beautifully written and deep.45

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Beautiful5 star

Dorian Gray is majestical. I chose to read this after watching the Penny Dreadful TV series. Out of all the old horror/fantasy stories I’ve read, this one takes the cake. Very easy to read compared to other older books. Of course, Oscar Wilde helps a ton with his use of a dreamy imagery no matter what the tone of the scene being told is.55


Disappointed3 star

I expected more from this book that so many other works of literature and film make reference to.35


Classic Read4 star

The Picture of Dorian Gray really is a fascinating story. I just finished reading the whole book for the first time. I grew up knowing of the story, but had never actually read it for myself. Oscar Wilde paints such vivid pictures with great detail. I highly recommend this book.45


Excellent5 star

Excellent book love it !55

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