the picture of dorian gray
“Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic.” This story is a classic, but I had never finished reading it before. (See: Pride and Prejudice shhhh!) I was thrilled as I read through this quick story of a man who becomes obsessed with his youth and beauty. I was not expecting such a complex and deep character development, nor was I ready for the epigrams that were scattered throughout the narrative. Oscar Wilde is a poet and a genius. The only thing I would say is that I would get stuck on his theories that are embedded in each page, and was often taken out of the narrative because of them. An excellent thinking book/conversation starter though!