‘It is a tale spawned from the leprous literature of the French decadents- a poisoned book, the atmosphere of which is heavy with mephitic odors of morals and spiritual putrefaction’, wrote the critic from the daily chronicle.
I just finished reading this book. This book is an absolute work of art. The abstract art that will make you fall in love with it despite of the poisonous nature which it actually has. The book will intrigue you about your own hypocrisy and the hypocrisy of the society. This book will remind you that words do have the power to silently creep into your brain and leave an impression which may change your perspectives. But as the Author rightly says “There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written or badly written. That is all.” This book is brilliantly written.
Of all the characters Lord Henry interests me most. Some character in the book at some point gave him the most suitable title of “Prince Paradox”. His theories about love, beauty, youth, art and romance will stir you to think. They will intrigue you. You may not agree with what he has to say and yet you may not find the exact words with which you may want to counter him. His theories are vicious and yet alluring. You would not take these to their face value and yet, you would not be able to turn them down outright. At certain points, I found him disdainful of those who are less privileged in the matter of riches, luxury or beauty. An intriguing character, that has the power to influence you if you are not sufficiently equipped with a wisdom of your own. The Protagonist of the book, Dorian Gray, as it seemed to me, starts out being noble; to curious; to ravenous; to ignoble; to vain.
The book is more of a work of art than just a story. The beauty of the book lies in its audacity and its precise jibes at hypocrisy of man’s nature.
All in all a wonderful read and mesmerizing work of abstract art.