A Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

picture-of-dorian-grayA Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde was actually our June book. We planned on meeting, but did not. So we just recently discussed the book.

I have to admit, I didn’t read it. Too much time had passed, I was finishing my book, I was reading the actual October book, and I was traveling. So I did that thing that I have always turned my nose up….I watched the movie. There were too available and I picked the 1945 version. Available for purchase on Amazon. It was an interesting movie but it was only when the group–who actually read the book–were discussing things that I realized I hadn’t a clue what they were talking about. So, I’m thinking the movie cut out a few things.

So now I’m reading the book.

In the meantime I will tell you what the book club said about it.

This is the story of a young man, who has his portrait painted by a well known artist. There are three main characters, three men who interact with friendship and strange challenges. It is the story of the wish for eternal youth. My group thought the language, the descriptions of the scenes and Wilde’s ability to evoke emotions were all great. There was great analysis of the ability to see evil in oneself, as it grew in the portrait.

But here’s the thing. One person read it who was like me….did not know the history of Oscar Wilde and did not look it up until after the book club. And her comments reminded me of my own whenever I read a classic…I’m usually bored and overwhelmed by the depth of the writing, which in my mind translates to the amount of work needed to read the book. So my rating is rubbish if you happen to be someone who likes to really read and see all those hidden meanings.

Apparently most people read this book in college. I didn’t, but that is another story.