The Picture of Dorian Gray – a blog read-along

Further to my post ‘Are classic novels a thing of the past?‘ I’ve got together with two other bloggers (Charl at Miscrawl and Becky at Blogs-Of-A-Bookaholic ) to read and blog-along The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.

Here’s the books blurb:

Wilde’s only novel, first published in 1890, is a brilliantly designed puzzle,the_picture_of_dorian_gray intended to tease conventional minds with its exploration of the myriad interrelationships between art, life, and consequence. From its provocative Preface, challenging the reader to believe in ‘art for art’s sake’, to its sensational conclusion, the story self-consciously experiments with the notion of sin as an element of design. Yet Wilde himself underestimated the consequences of his experiment, and its capacity to outrage the Victorian establishment. Its words returned to haunt him in his court appearances in 1895, and he later recalled the ‘note of doom’ which runs like ‘a purple thread’ through its carefully crafted prose.

As classics don’t tend to be the easiest thing to read, the idea is we’ll offer each other moral support along the way via our blogs or by Twitter, as well as blogging our views along the way to questions we’ll each set.

We’re kicking off tomorrow July 1st and if you’d like to join us, you’d more than welcome!

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

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