Book Review: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

“The artist is the creator of beautiful things. To reveal art and conceal the artist is art’s aim. The critic is he who can translate into another manner or a new material his impression of beautiful things.”

Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Title: The Picture of Dorian Gray
Author: Oscar Wilde
Genres: Classics, Gothic, Historical Fiction
Pages: 240 (Kindle)
Published: June 1st, 1890

My Rating: ★★★
Read: 8/4/2023 – 8/9/2023


The Picture of Dorian Gray is one of the most discussed books I’ve come across on the internet. What’s interesting is that it appeals to a wide range of readers. Personally, I was drawn to it because of its gothic elements. 

Dorian Gray wishes to sell his soul in an attempt to maintain perpetual youth. The catch: His painting bears the marks of time and the scars of an immoral life. He keeps the portrait hidden away as he continues living a life solely for his own pleasure. 

I find myself enjoying summaries and the general idea of this book more than the book itself. I also enjoyed a discussion of it that I found on YouTube. As for the actual reading experience? I was bored. There was so much that I could skim and stop whenever the story was being pushed forward.

Likes & Dislikes:

What I liked:

  • The examples of what repercussions come with leading an immoral life.
  • The overall concept and themes explored.

What I didn’t like:

  • Lengthy passages of text that felt unnecessary.
  • Dry writing style.


Though I see how the book is still relevant to modern audiences, I think the interpretation has become much different than when it was published. I can take or leave this book.

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