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"The Picture Of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde Discussion

Not only has this book been recommended by some of our members, it's also been popping up around me in random corners of my life so I figured it would be just as good a book as any to mark off our list. It sounds fascinating, I can't wait to read it! Here's a review from http://www.amazon.com... This sophisticated but crude novel is the story of man's eternal desire for perennial youth, of our vanity and frivolity, of the dangers of messing with the laws of life. Just like "Faust" and "The immortal" by Borges.
Dorian Gray is beautiful and irresistible. He is a socialité with a high ego and superficial thinking. When his friend Basil Hallward paints his portrait, Gray expresses his wish that he could stay forever as young and charming as the portrait. The wish comes true. Allured by his depraved friend Henry Wotton, perhaps the best character of the book, Gray jumps into a life of utter pervertion and sin. But, every time he sins, the portrait gets older, while Gray stays young and healthy. His life turns into a maelstrom of sex, lies, murder and crime. Some day he will want to cancel the deal and be normal again. But Fate has other plans. Wilde, a man of the world who vaguely resembles Gray, wrote this masterpiece with a great but dark sense of humor, saying every thing he has to say. It is an ironic view of vanity, of superflous desires. Gray is a man destroyed by his very beauty, to whom an unknown magical power gave the chance to contemplate in his own portrait all the vices that his looks and the world put in his hands. Love becomes carnal lust; passion becomes crime. The characters and the scenes are perfect. Wilde's wit and sarcasm come in full splendor to tell us that the world is dangerous for the soul, when its rules are not followed. But, and it's a big but, it is not a moralizing story. Wilde was not the man to do that. It is a fierce and unrepressed exposition of all the ugly side of us humans, when unchecked by nature. To be rich, beautiful and eternally young is a sure way to hell. And the writing makes it a classical novel. Come go with Wotton and Wilde to the theater, and then to an orgy. You'll wish you age peacefully.
The meeting will be at Shots Cafe on Ang Siang Hill, near Club Street. They have the usual cafe coffee, tea and chocolate drinks, wine, beer and sake, as well as dinner food and pasteries. This is a small cafe, and since we are using up their space please be prepared to respect them with our patronage (that is, you gotta buy at least a little something).

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Was surprised at the fantastic turnout. Looking forward to the God of Small Things

    February 4, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for a good group & discussion! I enjoyed meeting everyone... hope to see you next month

    January 27, 2011

  • Ann L.

    I'm glad that everyone was so vocal and upfront with their thoughts on the book. It was such a fun discussion that time just flew by so quickly.

    January 26, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome book... Awesome discussions :-)

    January 24, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was really lively and everyone was extremely friendly. Felt the atmosphere was very cozy and the food good. I'm impressed by the variety of views aired!

    January 24, 2011

  • Huang R.

    Wonderful. It's quite like a Lit class discussion.

    January 24, 2011

  • Rachel

    What a great turnout! Thanks everyone for sharing your thoughts and making it a lively and interesting discussion!

    January 24, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was just wondering where the location of this will be? Looking forward to meeting everyone

    January 21, 2011

  • Anna

    I have an ebook pdf version, message me if anybody wants a copy..

    January 4, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I found an ebook version here: http://www.planetebook.com/The-Picture-of-Dorian-Gray.asp
    ..
    will have to read off the screen, if I can't get a ink and paper version..

    1 · November 30, 2010

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