My Life In Books: Juliette Rowsell

The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde

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There are various books that stand out throughout my life, with The Picture of Dorian Gray being one of them. Wilde’s humour to mask a very dark subject matter (questioning the ethics of art, beauty and morality all in one novel) is always sharp and sublimely witty. Yet, aside from Wilde’s untouchable wit, there lies an enduring craftsmanship – lines like ‘The world is changed because you are made of ivory and gold. The curves of your lips rewrite history.’ are filled with such tender beauty, making it impossible not to be controlled by Wilde’s every word.  A captivating story line followed with a captivating style, The Picture of Dorian Gray really is a special gem of a novel.



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