The Picture of Dorian Gray
This book is a mirror. Look into it and find a reflection that suits you; moral and immoral, beautiful and ugly, righteous and decadent — Oscar Wilde combines these with ease. You will find here a hymn to the power of art or an essay in defense of decadence — it depends on you.
The plot is well-known. Dorian Gray, a young and beautiful man, trades his soul for aneternal youth. Now its only a picture of him that ages.
Dorian, being imprisoned in the best of his form, plunges into the sea of sin. Lord Henry, his devilish Vergil, leads the way.
Its the style that Wilde shows in skinning human nature that makes this book worth reading most of all. You will be guided through the opium dens and the worst slums but with what fashion!