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'A triumph of execution ... one of the best narratives of the "double life" of a Victorian gentleman' Peter Ackroyd Oscar Wilde's alluring novel of decadence and sin was a succès de scandale on publication. It follows Dorian Gray who, enthralled by his own exquisite portrait, exchanges his soul for eternal youth and beauty. Influenced by his friend Lord Henry Wotton, he is drawn into a corrupt double life, indulging his desires in secret while…

“Some things are more precious because they don’t last long.”

Following the character downfall of Dorian Gray steered the readers through a journey of ruin compelled by a singular portrait. Each occurrence gradually defaced the character to the extent of no rehab.

Acknowledging how purity can turn into something unimaginably demonic continues to leave me flabbergasted. It most mesmerizingly represented the mindset of the antihero and his desire for an eternally youthful appearance without diverting readers against, instead, alongside him.  

Without a doubt, a book everyone must read to experience such an unparalleled unfolding of corruption. 

Reviewed by Asma, Year 10, Cranbourne Secondary College