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Book Title: The Picture of Dorian Gray and Three Stories|
The author of the book: Oscar Wilde
Edition: Signet Classics
Date of issue: March 1st 2007
ISBN 13: 9781101043738
Format files: PDF
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I once knew a woman who was the modern day equivalence of Dorian Gray. When I met her, she was nearing her 53rd birthday but didn't look a day older than 35. She was the splitting image of a brunette Grace Kelly. Beautiful was, if even possible, the only word I can use to describe her. From afar or in passing, she looked as if she is the nicest person to ever walk the earth. She looked regal, striking, and sympathetic. But to my surprise, she was nothing like the princess. Her angelic face hid the unfalttering person that was trapped inside her deceitful shell. There was nothing beautiful about her. She was discourteous, bad-mannered, and for a lack of better word, ugly.
As the years came and went, she bagan to dread the inevitable. Fine lines formed between her eyebrows. And when the creases found their way at the corners of her mouth, she forever ceased to smile. Then one day, Mrs. Beverly Hills, that's what I'll call her for the rest of this review, sold her soul to the devil. At $25,000, the devil - who happens to be a well known plastic surgeon - sculpted the perfect 25 year old on Mrs. Beverly Hills. In addition to the Botox and collagen injections that pricked her still youthful face, the devil threw in the perkiest pair of breasts I've ever seen on a middle-aged woman.
It's been 10 years since I first met Mrs. Beverly Hills. She bumped into me some months ago inside an ice cream shop. Mrs. Beverly Hills, who by now would've been 63, looked like a totally different person. The angelic features that once graced her face gave way to a creepy, surprised look. Her rotten attitude, however, never wavered. She is as discourteous and bad-mannered as before. And she was a little more careworn.
There are three lessons I got out of The Picture of Dorian Gray. Here they are:
1. EVERYONE GROWS OLD, EVENTUALLY. We dread it and anxiously wait for it. We grow old. I, too, will grow old. Wrinkles and arthritis will be my companions long after the end of my umpteenth love affair. I cringe at the thought that one day, I will never be as agile and as youthful as I was when I was younger. But that is life.
2. TRUE BEAUTY IS INTERNAL: External beauty is only temporary with a shelf-life lasting, at the most, 10 years. Internal beauty, however, is eternal and blinding. Trust me, nobody notices that mole on your chin.
3. KARMA IS A CRUEL BITCH: 'nuff said.
*It's 1:30 in the morning and I'm too tired to think of what to write next. I think I'll end my review here.
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Read information about the authorOscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish playwright, poet and author of numerous short stories and one novel. Known for his biting wit, and a plentitude of aphorisms, he became one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian era in London, and one of the greatest celebrities of his day. Several of his plays continue to be widely performed, especially The Importance of Being Earnest.
As the result of a widely covered series of trials, Wilde suffered a dramatic downfall and was imprisoned for two years hard labour after being convicted of "gross indecency" with other men. After Wilde was released from prison he set sail for Dieppe by the night ferry. He never returned to Ireland or Britain, and died in poverty.
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