Saturday, July 19, 2014

Into the Mind

The Picture of Dorian Gray
By Oscar Wilde

It's always a funny feeling to read classic books of yore - the writing style is so very different from the modern style; the characters and setting so different from what we have grown up in, indeed what out parents have grown up in as well. Nonetheless, it is from these books that you learn the true art of story-telling. The Picture of Dorian Gray is a fine example of this.

Set in 19th Century London amid the gossip and scandal-ridden middle class, the book dives into the deepest, darkest desires of the mind: to be young forever, to be able to act with impunity, to escape the consequences of any and all actions. Through the steady development of his characters, Oscar Wilde takes us through the mind of a young man, full of potential, who sells his soul to the devil to partake of untold human pleasures - and destroys himself in the process.

The book, for its time, is certainly scandalous, although modern writers would not think so. Nonetheless, this novel, a sort of precursor to the horror-drama, makes for an excellent read. 

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