When I began reading The Picture of Dorian Gray, I had a vague notion of what it was about. A friend of mine was reading it and thought we might be able to discuss it. Shortly after starting it I picked up on a certain style that I have come to really enjoy (Edith Wharton had it as well)--a sense of rich description of luxury without weighing down the prose with too much detail.
This book is full of wit and thoughtful reflections on youth and outward beauty. In a narcissistic age, we would do well to think over many of the themes of this novel. I found myself highlighting many phrases and paragraphs for later use. there was a chapter somewhere in the middle where there were several pages worth of description of a book and artifacts throughout history that lost my interest, but once I was past that the story picked back up and kept me turning pages until the end. The characters are intriguing--except for one, who will remain nameless, that felt like more of a stock character. Well worth the time.