Friday, March 15, 2013

Friday's Forgotten Book: The Picture of Dorian Gray

Forgotten book? Surely not. I must be an exception to have read this book only now, when I'm 40. I guess my teachers were suspicious of such radical stuff. And for some reason or another, I've been a bit wary of classics all my life.

What surprised me reading Oscar Wilde's book was that it's essentially a noir book. It's a crime-related novel about an individual crossing his boundaries and suffering from the consequences.

What bugged me a bit was that there's a bit too much talk and not enough action. Of course Oscar Wilde could throw a very funny line anytime he wanted to - I mean, the book is full of them! -, but it's probably just me being too American-related in my reading habits. And I'm actually a bit ashamed to have written the sentences above.

More Forgotten Books here.


Russell said...

The original 13 Chapter novel is more terse than the more common 20 Chapter version most readers are familiar with, and would perhaps be a better text upon which to base "Dorian Noir"

Juri said...

I don't have the book at hand, so I can't check how many chapters it has (I believe, though, it was the longer version). This is interesting information, as I indeed thought the book was a bit too long.