July 20, 2010

Teaser Tuesdays : The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

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Teaser Tuesdays

Share 2 teaser sentences from your current read. Be careful not to include spoilers
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He played with the idea and grew wilful; tossed it into the air and transformed it; let it escape and recaptured it; made it irisdescent with fancy and winged it with paradox. The praise of folly, as he went on, soared into a philosophy, and philosophy herself became young, and catching the mad music of pleasure, wearing, one might fancy, her wine-stained robe and wreath of ivy, danced like a Bacchante over the hills of life, and mocked the slow Silenus for being sober.
The Picture of Dorian Gray
From goodreads:
Spellbound before his own portrait, Dorian Gray utters a fateful wish. In exchange for eternal youth he gives his soul, to be corrupted by the malign influence of his mentor, the aesthete and hedonist Lord Henry Wotton. The novel was met with moral outrage by contemporary critics who, dazzled perhaps by Wilde's brilliant style, may have confused the author with his creation, Lord Henry, to whom even Dorian protests, 'You cut life to pieces with your epigrams.'. Encouraged by Lord Henry to substitute pleasure for goodness and art for reality, Dorian tries to watch impassively as he brings misery and death to those who love him. But the picture is watching him, and, made hideous by the marks of sin, it confronts Dorian with the reflection of his fall from grace, the silent bearer of what is in effect a devastating moral judgement.


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30 comments:

  1. This is one of my favorite books!

    My teaser is here

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  2. Sounds interesting, might have to check into it. Will write it down.

    HERE is my teaser for this week.

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  3. Oooh... brings back memories of staying up late to read this one on a school night. Mine's from Bollywood Babes by Narinder Dhami.

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  4. Oh a classic! Excellent choice in book and teaser. My TT: http://www.rundpinne.com/2010/07/teaser-tuesdays-the-blind-contessas-new-machine.html

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  5. I would love to read this classic too. My sis gave me an abridged version with illustrations when I was a kid, so now it's time for me to get acquainted with the unabridged version. :) Have you seen the movie starring Ben Barnes who played Dorian? That's a good film!

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  6. Hi Josette

    Nope, I didn't even know about the movie until you mentioned it. Checked it out just now, and must say he looks very good as Dorian Gray. LOL. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. I really should reread this one soon. I love how Wilde plays with words and sentences.

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  8. I loved this book! Great choice for teaser.

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  9. I've never read anything from Wilde! Last time I tried Jane Austen. Perhaps it's time to read another classic too!

    here's mine;

    http://darlynandbooks.blogspot.com/2010/07/teaser-tuesdays-shadow-kiss.html

    happy Tuesday!

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  10. Great teaser, I've been wanting to read this book for a long time. I must check it out from my local library. Thanks for visiting my site!

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  11. Great teaser :) Happy reading!

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  12. Great teaser! I haven't read anything by Wilde, but I keep meaning too. My Teaser is here.

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  13. Love, love, love this book! And Oscar Wilde in general. Great teaser!

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  14. I am so reading this book next year! DG has always fascinated me :)

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  15. What a beautiful teaser. I have not read this book, but maybe I'll get to it one of these days. My teaser is at The Crowded Leaf.

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  16. I've always wanted to read this book and just never have. Luckily, I recently purchased a Kindle and "bought" Dorian Grey for it for free since it's one of the free classics. :)

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  17. Fun! I know the story but I've never actually read the book. My husband is a big fan of Wilde (having both acted in and directed The Importance of Being Earnest) -- I'll have to see if we own it...

    here's mine:

    http://situationswhereyoumayneedit.blogspot.com/2010/07/teaser-tuesdays-someone-to-kill-and-eat.html

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  18. Ahhh... One of my favorite books of all time. Enjoy! I'm revisiting a 19th century classic this week too. My teaser comes from Bram Stoker's Dracula this. Here's the link.

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  19. Great teaser! I love the image. Mine is from The Mane Attraction by Shelly Laurenston. Happy reading!

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  20. The description of playing with a thought is delightful!

    :)

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  21. The description of toying with a thought is delightful!

    :)

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  22. I have never read any Oscar Wilde!

    My teaser is from The Passage this week.

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  23. Ohhh, a classic! I've never read this one but it sounds like I should...and then the movie. Thanks for sharing.

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  24. I really hope you are enjoying it. This is one of my all time favourite books. Great language, great story, great characters (if not likeable characters). Everything about it is wonderful. Can't wait for your review

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  25. I haven't read this book, but I feel like I should. I hope you are enjoying it! Have a great week!

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  26. Such a great book! Enjoy! :)

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