The reading challenge - No.3 - A book your mom loves


Well...what can I say about the second book
The picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde.

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This book, a philosophical fiction, was first published as a serial story in July 1890 in the Lippincott´s monthly magazine.
(There is so much to say about this publication...if you are interested, please ask google... I would just copy and paste...thats not rational.)
The picture of Dorian Grey exists in two versions, the 1890 magazine edition and the 1891 book edition (philosophic novel), it is the only novel by the irish author Oscar Wilde and an example of gothic fiction with strong themes interpreted from Faust. This story was criticised hardly and it was not easy for Wilde.

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The plot is about Dorian Gray (a handsome but narcissistic man) who is the subject of a full-length portrait by Basil Hallward. The artist is impressed and infatuated by the good looking Dorian and he is completely smitten. Later on Dorian meets Lord Henry Wotton, through Basil, who shows Dorian his hedonistic worldview and he is soon fascinated. He discovers that the only worth pursuing things in life are beauty and sensual fulfillment. 
Dorian grasps that he will loose his beauty soon and he desires to do anything but to loose it even selling his soul to ensure that the picture, rather than he, will ever age or fade. His wish will be granted and henceforth he will lead a libertine life in which he indulges every moral or immoral pleasure while his portrait ages and records every soul-corrupting sin, this life will lead to disaster and it peaks in the end with a man who struggles wracked by fear and guilt. 

The most important characters are:
Dorian Gray, Basil Hallward, Lord Henry Wotton, Sibyl Vane, James Vane,...
Themes:
Aestheticism and duplicity, supremacy of youth and beauty, negative consequence of influence
Motifs:
the picture as a mirror, homoerotic male relationships, the colour white
Allusions:
Tannhäuser, Faust, The Republic, Shakespeare, Joris-Karl Huysmans
(researched these little bits ;) )

I´ll give "The picture of Dorian Gray" a 6.5 out of 10. It was good but not flashing and honestly
 I think I needed a little more than 24h to finish it :( my excuse...I am ill and laying in bed since two days and yes I can read but I am falling asleep constantly...


Okay number 3:
This was an easy one and it is:
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

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I can´t suggest any books here guys, obviously. Just ask your mom :) I am sure she will have an amazing book she loves ;)

Well this is it for today.
Which one was your book of choice for the "book you can finish in one day"- category?
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