Review: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde

Title:  The Picture of Dorian Grey

Author: Oscar Wilde

Narrator: Russell Tovey

Length: 8h 35m

2 stars out of 5
2 stars – it was ok

The Picture of Dorian Grey is about a young man, Dorian, who sells his soul for eternal youth. With every day that passes a portrait of Dorian, painted by his friend Basil, gets older and he remains forever young. 

I read this book initially in 2013 and I remember liking it. This time around was different. I was bored and at times irritated by this book. I don’t know if part of this was because it was an audiobook or if it is just that my taste in books have changed. It could be both. But basically I didn’t love this book. 

This book focuses on Dorian Gray and his two friends Basil and Henry. I viewed Basil as the angel and Henry as the devil because they basically both pushed him to be good or bad. I liked Basil but didn’t like Henry. Henry’s views on marriage and women were very annoying. I know this was how men viewed women at the time but it still irritated me by their constant negativity. 

Overall, this was an ok horror classic. I feel like my tastes in classics have changed and this one just didn’t hold up for me. I am still glad I read this book but I don’t think it will be one that I recommend to anyone. I did enjoy Russel Tovey’s narration of the book and felt he did a good job with all the characters and portraying the emotion of the characters.

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