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The Portrait of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde

 
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2010 9:04 am    Post subject: The Portrait of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde  Reply with quote

On a Literary tour of Dublin, I heard a hilarious reading of an account by Oscar Wilde about the time he was mistakenly booked to address a crowd of roughneck silver miners in Colorado during a lecture tour. I decided I should have a look at some of his books (up to now I've only ever heard and read the fabulous quotes). This is a fantastic book, and his use and celebration of the English language is second to none, as are his descriptions of Victorian London. A tale of the danger of vanity. Brilliant in imaginative scope, and great characters: Basil Hallward the portrait painter, the young dandy Dorian Gray, and the superb scallywag Lord Henry Wotton (who's every sentence is littered with some of the best Wildeisms I've ever read). Ace!
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2010 10:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry but this bored the bollocks off me, couldn't finish it.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2010 10:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Forest wrote:
Sorry but this bored the bollocks off me, couldn't finish it.


Concise and straight to the crux of the matter. 10/10  
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2010 12:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

* Checks painting in attic. *
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2010 1:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's only a short book though innit?

And unless you have a really rare edition Dock, I think it's called The Picture of Dorian Gray.  

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2010 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember reading it in a morning whilst "helping out" at the local Oxfam shop surrounded by soiled granny knickers and unidentifiable things made from Bakelite.

Oddly appropriate.

* Checks attic again. Still looking mighty fine. *
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2010 3:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Read it as a student and absolutely loved it.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 8:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

New Old Codger wrote:
It's only a short book though innit?

And unless you have a really rare edition Dock, I think it's called The Picture of Dorian Gray.  

Pay attention Pike, stupid boy


The character Basil Hallward was a portrait painter, but the word in the book title is 'Picture'. Two similar words in my brain space at the same time. I can't cope, I really can't. Everything comes out in the wrong order. It's easy for you, you have a legion of editing staff bring you lattes n' that. I am a simpleton of the lowest order.  

Can you send one of you're staff over to help me, and to give me a hand with my laces. Ta n' that.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 8:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dock wrote:
New Old Codger wrote:
It's only a short book though innit?

And unless you have a really rare edition Dock, I think it's called The Picture of Dorian Gray.  

Pay attention Pike, stupid boy


The character Basil Hallward was a portrait painter, but the word in the book title is 'Picture'. Two similar words in my brain space at the same time. I can't cope, I really can't. Everything comes out in the wrong order. It's easy for you, you have a legion of editing staff bring you lattes n' that. I am a simpleton of the lowest order.  

Can you send one of you're staff over to help me, and to give me a hand with my laces. Ta n' that.


You jest of course, never heard of The Loneliness of the Long Distance Writer?

Seriously Dock, i used to call it the 'Portrait' too, every now and then.  The main point is, it's class.  On the other site, years ago, I had it down as one of my favourites, and we watched the original film not long back as well.  Seen it on stage too in Leeds, it was pretty poor alas.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 13, 2010 6:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

loved the book. read some of his plays too. i think importance of being earnest was best.. can't remember. it was a long time ago.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 14, 2010 3:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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loved the book. read some of his plays too. i think importance of being earnest was best.. can't remember. it was a long time ago.


GB, hello! You don't sound too earnest about the importance of telling us which one of his it was you read.   I love word play I do.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 14, 2010 5:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

can you believe Angela Lansbury who was in that film playing Sybil Vane in 1946 more than 60 years ago is still warbling on the Broadway stage now?

I think she also wrote romantic dramas but it wasnt murder she wrote
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 14, 2010 8:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dock wrote:
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loved the book. read some of his plays too. i think importance of being earnest was best.. can't remember. it was a long time ago.


GB, hello! You don't sound too earnest about the importance of telling us which one of his it was you read.   I love word play I do.


it was a book of his plays. there are some that share similar elements, and importance of being earnest seems to have been when he refined them best.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2017 5:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got this free with the Telegraph some while back and picked it up a couple of weeks ago to read. Its not that short and it definitely is PICTURE.

Thoroughly enjoyed it and agree with Dock about the language and Setting. Lord Henry is a walking talking Oscar Wide witticism machine. However I found the all pervading arrogance of the privileged society in the book with their unfounded confidence and belief in their own divine entitlement utterly nauseating. That is not to undermine the artistic beauty of the writing though, in fact it probably endorses it. The Ethics and morality themes it centres around are timeless and are wonderfully explored.

You stick with your SkyFlixBO Foz
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2017 8:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great book and one of my all time favourite stories.  The first film is v good too, I think it might have been Angela Lansbury's film debut too.  Certainly one of her earlier and best films any road.


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