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le 5 juillet 2013
A good story well written.
In this novel, we can follow the adventures of a young gentleman's first arrival in town in the XIX century's England. There he makes himself two friends: the sarcastic Lord Henry and the well-known artist Basil, who will paint his portrait. The two will change his life forever. Indeed, by making him discover other way of thinking and the stupidity of convention, Lord Henry will lead him to live a life of debauchery, while in result of a foolish wish, his portrait will age and decay instead of him, allowing him to live every single one of his without the fear of consequences (the portrait takes malicious features instead of him).
I read the first half of the book last year and had to stop because of exams. It's only after seeing the last film adaptation of the book last week that I went back to the book. While the first half of the film is rather truthful, (apart for the addition of some scene of debauchery very well play that are only vaguely mention in the book), the other half makes some important changes to the script. I sincerely prefer the film end which have more action while the book only end by description of Dorian's state of mind, which could become a bit long.
It's still an enjoyable reading, I particularly love Henry and the way he expresses the most cynical opinions about the British society.