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Oscar Wilde’s only published novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray presents an intriguing idea: the main character, Dorian Gray, allows a painting to be subjected to the consequences of his actions and general aging, allowing him, in turn, to live a carefree and youthful life.

Wilde (1854 – 1900) was one of the most prominent and followed personalities of his time. This novel, his plays, his wit, and his infamy combined to give him lasting recognition.

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  • Carol
  • 19-08-12

OSCAR WOULD BE WILD ABOUT THIS!

What disappointed you about The Picture of Dorian Gray?

This is an atrocious, even blasphemous rendition of Wilde's book! I should have taken note of the length before I bought it - 58 minutes?! How could such a wonderful book be abridged to this extent and still make sense? The simple answer is - it can't. There is no chance to get to know any of the characters - not even the titular one - and the majority of the background narrative has been deleted. The narration is terrible - there is barely any difference in the characters' 'voices', and even in the sparse narrative parts it doesn't even sound like Martin Shaw. Don't bother with this one - get the unabridges version.