Dorian Will Self s DORIAN is a shameless imitation of Oscar Wilde s The Picture of Dorian Gray that reimagines the novel in the milieu of London s early s art scene which for liberated homosexuals were a

  • Title: Dorian
  • Author: Will Self
  • ISBN: 9780802140470
  • Page: 372
  • Format: Paperback
  • Will Self s DORIAN is a shameless imitation of Oscar Wilde s The Picture of Dorian Gray that reimagines the novel in the milieu of London s early 80s art scene, which for liberated homosexuals were a golden era of sex, drugs and decadence before the AIDS epidemic struck later in the decade It is an age in which appearances matter and and Only the shalloWill Self s DORIAN is a shameless imitation of Oscar Wilde s The Picture of Dorian Gray that reimagines the novel in the milieu of London s early 80s art scene, which for liberated homosexuals were a golden era of sex, drugs and decadence before the AIDS epidemic struck later in the decade It is an age in which appearances matter and and Only the shallowest of people won t judge by them.

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    1. Another book from the 2002 Booker longlist, this is a book full of surprises. It is basically an updated version of Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray, starting in 1981 and finishing in 1997. For much of the book Self mirrors the original narrative, though his wit is more heavy-handed than Wilde's and his excesses are more extreme. He is never able to resist showing off his knowledge of linguistic obscurities, peppers the book with a huge range of both high and low brow references, and he [...]

    2. Sacreligiously, I prefer this to Wilde's original. And I greatly prefer it to any of Will Self's other fiction I've read. (Always been a big fan of his non-fiction, the stories less so.) I doubt I'll ever read a better re-write of a classic - those things are not known even for being good, but this is superlative.Such profusion and richness of language as Self uses is a precarious act - most people can't get away with their attempts at this, making a long series of risible pratfalls as can be se [...]

    3. Self's title here works two ways. His Dorian is an imitation of Wilde'sPicture of Dorian Gray, and Self's Dorian Gray, which is to say his hero, is an imitation of whatever he needs to be, given the situation at hand. Numerous times the narrator refers to this man as a chameleon, and indeed there's something far more sinister about this Dorian than Wilde's.Self has updated the story to AIDS-era Britain. Instead of a picture, Dorian is reproduced as Cathode Narcissus, a nine-monitor video install [...]

    4. My addiction to Self began here; an interlibrary loan that, afterwards, I foisted upon Melanie with a fever."Oh, man, unreliable narrators! You shouldyou gottaoh, manjustjust read!"It brings to mind the taste of tuna melts and fries at Swarthmore's (secondary) cafeteria, as I discussed my amazement with the sustained wordplay, the in-your-face use of big, eldritch words. Melanie listened patiently, probably feeling a bit sad for me that I'd never been out of my literary gutters before to discove [...]

    5. Dorian is a good-looking, immoral young man who takes quite a lot of drugs, has unprotected sex with men and women and takes risks. He is one of a group of similarly decadent people, but as they get older and sicker, he seems untouched by his lifestyle. He is also the subject of a video installation.Will Self has retold Oscar Wilde's story The Picture of Dorian Gray in a more modern setting, with Aids as a constant threat and he has done so brilliantly.

    6. Oscar Wilde: foppish aesthete. Limp-wristed intelligence with prepared wit, language so ethereal that it's like being smothered in a bed of marshmallow clouds. Famous book: Picture of Dorian Gray, about a man who sells his soul to stay forever young and debauch.Will Self took that and has written a novel inspired by Picture of Dorian Gray, about drug use, gay sex, and well, actually, I never got to the point where the plot starts. By page 50, I was still struggling my way through hard jagged la [...]

    7. I Liked this Better Than the OriginalA literary re-write is a difficult thing to do well, but Will Self does it. I think Self works better within the restraints of this form,(versus his bloated books The Butt or The Book of Dave) and the new twists Self adds to the tale work wonders.There is no one picture - there is a modern art installation of multiple videos of Dorian - and he has to track down and hide each and every one - adding to the drama which was missing in the original. The debauched, [...]

    8. This book is:a) filthyb) awesomec) one of those that pulls the rug out from under you in the last few pagesI thought I was reading an update of The Picture of Dorian Gray, one whose modern setting and graphic sensibility allowed it to wallow in questions about the nature and addictive properties of evil, the duty of self-awareness, and the contagion of ideas. All that was very interesting. I felt sorry for Basil/Baz Hallward, although I did love this assessment of his murder from the lips--bien [...]

    9. This was longlisted for the Booker back in 2002, so in some respects I read it as preparation for this year's Booker marathon. Also, it seemed an interesting premise - it reminded me that back in 1970 there was a filmic 'modern' update on the Dorian Gray story that also didn't quite come off, starring German slab of beef Helmut Berger in his prime. Anyway, I am of two minds with this, my first (and possibly last) Will Self tome. The lapidary prose is incredible, although perhaps not QUITE up to [...]

    10. Oh, Dorian, Dorian After reading you back and forth, after taking you apart and putting back together, having been observing you for more than a year, and still you surprise me Or at least your fraternal twin did.I don't know why i haven't heared of the existence of a Dorian Gray 'remake', but I knew i had to read it ( after all, he was the subject of my BA thesis) but it was a bit harder (=slower) than I expexted. In the beginning i had a few excuses; it did feel weird, however, once i let go o [...]

    11. Wonderful re-inventing of Oscar Wilde's classic 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' Set in hedonistic 1980/90's London and New York, this is the tale Wilde would have told if he'd been born in 1969. Dorian is the subject of a video installation by artist Baz Hallward, and as with the portrait in Wilde's original, the video image ages instead of arrogant, beautiful Dorian. Set against the AIDS epidemic as it is, a large proportion of the characters have contracted the diesese towards the close of the ta [...]

    12. terrific, fantastic, outrageous and exciting re-reading of WIlde's Portrait!! Up-to-date, Dorian-- is nowadays a proeminent figure of gay, AIDS-plagued, artistic milieu, and the novel turns out to portray sarcastically the world we live in. Such wit in delineating Henry Wotton, superb explorations of London in Wotton's jaguar!!! The pervading cynicism is matched with a style that conveys with lavishness the inner rottennes of the characters. We cannot but laugh and/or shrug when reading the "exp [...]

    13. It's like stuffing your face with literature. I can only summon myself once a year or so to a whole Will Self book. I don't really know how to review this without resorting to tepid adjectives like 'audacious'. It's not really that anyway, because the boldness is unsurprising. It seems, as I remember it, slightly more relevant now than it was upon publication ten years ago, not that there's any hint of foresight necessarily, more the direct recognition of dysfunctional human repetition. Cathode [...]

    14. I learned that I should probably read the original as well. This one is interesting because it is written with accents and isn't apologetic all my first instinct is todefinetly not like it but that is only because it is hard to find a character to sympathize with when all the guys (gay) in the book hate women but I think I need to look deeper

    15. A wicked and very satisfying homage. Twisted, clever and tongue-in-cheek, it goes beyond reproducing a classic work, adding fresh detail and essentially enacting its rebirth in new times. Self's sense of humour is to die for, as is his ice-water plunge of Wilde's highly ornate novel into a squalid realism.

    16. Dorian Gray meets 80's gay London, complete with the arrival of HIV. Clever premise, brutal interpersonal dealings--but Allan Hollinghurst captures users of other people in 80's gay London so much better in The Line of Beauty--Hollinghurst is the one to read.

    17. Dorian: an I. is set in a rich and dissolute world that is quite well evoked but is obviously at the same time largely derivative, and it then narrows its perspective much more quickly than an admirer of Wilde's P of D G might hope. The substances, proclivities, and media that contribute to this narrowing and moral descent are never examined or explored to the extent that a writer as good as Will Self could (and Huysmans and perhaps Proust did), and so in the end the novel is disappointing. I ha [...]

    18. Since this was my first Self, I have no idea if he's really a postmodern pastiche of Wilde or if he's just role-playing through the prose here. I was skeptical of the premise but it's handled deftly and works quite well. Even the contemporary tie-in to AIDS awareness comes off without any sermonizing or clunky efforts to be "relevant." Since the conundrums of narcissism, identity, art, guilt, virtue and vice are timeless, they might as well be refashioned after a time. Wilde himself unironically [...]

    19. 'The Picture of Dorian Grey' but set in the 1980s - darker and grittier, with more drugs, more sex, and a lot more gay. I don't know what else you want in a novel to be honest?!

    20. I myself have only one virtue - I hate every little thing and all big ideas. I loathe the so-called "art" of the twentieth century with a particularly rare and hearty passion. Would all that paint, canvas, plaster, stone and bronze be balled up and tossed into that fraud Duchamp's pissoir. With a few notable exceptions - Balthus, Bacon, Modigliani - the artists of this era have been in headlong flight from beauty or any meaningful representation of the human form. Were Basil Hallward's video of [...]

    21. Not sure how I feel about this one. At times, I loved the parallels between Wilde's novel and Self's. The descriptions were beautiful and layered and fell into the same style as Wilde's original. The contrasts were interesting too, particularly the way in which the AIDS virus is used throughout the narrative as a criticism of society in the 80's and the way in which the outbreak was handled and viewed. There were flashes of genius in the book. However, that being said, the novel was overall rath [...]

    22. Self's re-styling of Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray moves on a heavy under-current of shock, but considering the treatment, that might be appropriate. Full of grotesques and satire, along with plenty of descriptions just as dark as they are humorous, the novel rewrites the idea of Dorian onto a society already punctured by overindulgence in drugs, alcohol, and sex. Played out in the years when AIDS is just becoming known, the novel's focus becomes a trajectory of declining grotesques who eit [...]

    23. This modern adaptation of; The Picture of Dorian Gray is successful in retaining the same outrageous shock factor that astounded so many readers of Wilde's original version of the novel in 1891. The novel, set a century later that the original, is responsible for changing the locations and events in the novel, whilst maintaining the same message as the original. Self includes extremely vivid descriptions of the characters indulgences in acts varying from the injecting of heroin to the engagement [...]

    24. Will Self is very literary. In a good way. His handling of language, his twisting of phrases makes you fall in love with words, not just with the stories. SO, we will forgive him for twisting ol' butch Oscar's tale of hidden vice to the gaucheness of the 80s. It's cool, really it is, but there is absolutely nothing here that you don't already know, having read it in an English lit class in high school. So look at the story as more of a platter that carries his words and phrases, because that is [...]

    25. I like books and films about gays. Not ones about self-hating gays that struggle with a coming out and find it hard to cope with the burden of life, people who think they will never be understood by their family etc. etc. Grow some balls. I like books about flamboyant gays who embrace it, whose idea of fun is sex, drugs and sex - and money. I like books about reckless people who know how to use, misuse and abuse others in any way and enjoy it immensely. And I like sarcasm, lots. This book is pac [...]

    26. Not what I would call one of Self's best books, but quite a lot better than the last one I read (Walking To Hollywood). Of course, this is years old, and has the benefit of following an already established narrative structure, but Self managed to put his own twisted spin on Wilde's classic tale. He attempts to make Gray some kind of allegory for AIDS or gay culture, but I'm not sure it really comes off (i.e I don't quite get it). His characterization, however, is fun and he does a nice updated p [...]

    27. This book is hilarious, and all the jokes are SO dark and fiendish-- This book is drugs and sex and glamorous people in the world's hottest cities, and this book is a different look at all the themes that are in Oscar Wilde's "Picture of Dorian Grey", of Narcissism and questions of identity, youth and beauty and the immortalization of self through image. Also of the inner hideousness that can lurk behind outward displays of beauty, and how appeal can become abuse. But I was seriously laughing at [...]

    28. Until I read Will Self's take on Dorian, I hadn't read Oscar Wilde's original. Of course I knew the story, and had seen the film, but mid way through reading this book I took a walk on the Wilde side. It has to be said, I think Will Self has done himself and Oscar Wilde a wonderful service by updating the tale. The original is dated - dreadfully dated - not to mean any discredit to Wilde who no doubt would have produced something far more salacious without the bonds of censorship. But Self serve [...]

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