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  • ISBN 0140290567
  • ISBN13 978-0140290561
  • Language English
  • Author Will Self
  • Publisher Gardners Books (September 30, 2004)
  • Pages 288
  • Formats mobi doc lrf txt
  • Category Fiction
  • Subcategory Contemporary
  • Size ePub 1433 kb
  • Size Fb2 1672 kb
  • Rating: 4.8
  • Votes: 231


PENGUIN BOOKS DORIAN Will Self is the author of three short-story collections, The Quantity Theory of Insanity (winner of the 1992 . Published in Penguin Books 2003. The moral right of the author has been asserted

PENGUIN BOOKS DORIAN Will Self is the author of three short-story collections, The Quantity Theory of Insanity (winner of the 1992 Geoffrey Faber Award), Grey Area and Tough, Tough Toys fo. The moral right of the author has been asserted. Except in the United States of America, this book is sold subject to the condition that it shall not, by way of trade or otherwise, be lent, re-sold, hired out, or otherwise circulated without the publisher’s prior consent in any form of binding or cover other than that in which it is published and without a similar condition including this condition.

Judging by its title, I at first thought that Will Self had in mind the ambitious goal of writing a viable version of "The Picture of Dorian Gray" set in the age of AIDS and drugs, while at the same time daring the reader to compare his novel to the original.

Only 1 left in stock (more on the way). Judging by its title, I at first thought that Will Self had in mind the ambitious goal of writing a viable version of "The Picture of Dorian Gray" set in the age of AIDS and drugs, while at the same time daring the reader to compare his novel to the original. To set himself up for this inevitable comparison with a master like Wilde, he pulls the reader in from the very beginning with his spectacular stylistic prowess.

Will Self is going to be discussing his book Dorian and Oscar Wilde’s writing with the film and literary critic Kevin . Synopsis: It is 1981 and the Royal Broodmare, as Henry Wotton calls her, is about to be married

Will Self is going to be discussing his book Dorian and Oscar Wilde’s writing with the film and literary critic Kevin Jackson on May 13 at the V&A. For more details and to book tickets, go here. Posted in Books, Dorian, Will Self Appearances Leave a reply. Synopsis: It is 1981 and the Royal Broodmare, as Henry Wotton calls her, is about to be married. Wotton, a homosexual, and his friend Baz have found a remarkable young man Dorian Gray, the epitome of male beauty. Sixteen years later, how does Dorian remain so youthful? Posted in Dorian.

Dorian, an Imitation is a British novel by Will Self. The book is a modern take on Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray. The novel was originally published by Viking Press in 2002 and subsequently by Penguin in 2003. Self was originally asked to adapt the Wilde novel into a film screenplay, but this project did not come to fruition. Instead, Self took this uncompleted screenplay and re-worked it into a novel, which he described as "an imitation - and a homage" to the Wilde original.

Will Self demonstrates his razor-sharp wit in these nine new stories Will Self. Carol, the heroine of Cock, is extremely dissatisfied with her married life.

Will Self demonstrates his razor-sharp wit in these nine new stories. Self's method depends upon taking an ordinary aspect of the world and then pushing it to its limit in furious absurdity. The short stories in Grey Area reflect the technical brilliance and satiric voice that have made him one of the most highly praised comic writers in a decade. Realisation that her husband Dan is not the man for her has come too late and insult follows injury as Dan’s drinking problem gives way to an obsessive fervour for Alcoholics Anonymous.

Will Self's DORIAN is a shameless imitation of Oscar Wilde's The Picture.

бесплатно, без регистрации и без смс. Dorian - Will Self's brilliant 'imitation' of Oscar Wilde's original tainted love story 'Brutal, savage, infinitely readable' Observer'Chilling, hysterical, tasteless and haunti. Dorian - Will Self's brilliant 'imitation' of Oscar Wilde's original tainted love story 'Brutal, savage, infinitely readable' Observer'Chilling, hysterical, tasteless and haunting. A Gothic thriller complementing and enriching its original' Independent on SundayIn the summer of 1981, aristocratic, drug-addicted Henry Wooten and Warhol-acolyte Baz Hallward meet Dorian Gray. Dorian is a golden adonis - perfect, pure and (so far) deliciously uncorrupted

Dorian - Will Self's brilliant 'imitation' of Oscar Wilde's original tainted love story

Dorian - Will Self's brilliant 'imitation' of Oscar Wilde's original tainted love story. Brutal, savage, infinitely readable' Observer. Chilling, hysterical, tasteless and haunting. Will Self is the author of nine novels including Cock and Bull; My Idea of Fun; Great Apes; How the Dead Live; Dorian, an Imitation; The Book of Dave; The Butt; Walking to Hollywood and Umbrella, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

Read Dorian, by Will Self online on Bookmate – 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.

Read Dorian, by Will Self online on Bookmate – 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-80. 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 more and more and more. Only the shallowest of people won't judge by them.

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Judging by its title, I at first thought that Will Self had in mind the ambitious goal of writing a viable version of "The Picture of Dorian Gray" set in the age of AIDS and drugs, while at the same time daring the reader to compare his novel to the original. To set himself up for this inevitable comparison with a master like Wilde, he pulls the reader in from the very beginning with his spectacular stylistic prowess. Though quite faithful to the original, he soon transcends it and uses the Dorian Gray story as an instrument in an exploration of the uneven flow of time, and of the interplay between physical time, historical time and biological time.
Youth, venerated almost religiously in our days, is of course defined in terms of biological time, and when the flow of biological time comes to a standstill in Dorian, some form of time keeps flowing on in the artistic rendering of Dorian, the painting in Wilde, the video installation in Self. This artistic rendering is the one that provides a picture of our age for future generations, and thus the time that flows in it is historical time.
By contrast the lifestyle of the Wottons and their friends gives the appearance of historical time at a standstill, while biological time is flowing inexorably, driving many of these people to early deaths by disease (mainly AIDS) originating in this very lifestyle.
Maybe Mr. Self's most original creation is Henry Wotton's neighbor, the "jiggling man" who metes out the seconds of physical time for Wotton's existence.
Whether reading Wilde or Self, the picture/installation is an extremely clever, but also an extremely contrived device. Will Self deals with this problem by attaching a both shocking and very ingenious epilogue in which everything that has gone before is revealed to have been fiction written by Henry Wotton. This fiction in turn has an immense impact on Dorian Gray's "real" life and in the last ten pages or so the interplay between fiction and reality --- or more precisely between a fiction within a fiction and a reality within a fiction --- becomes the main focus. This is a very interesting and major issue in its own right, and this epilogue does not do it justice, nor could it. With all his ingenuity Will Self has overloaded the book. The same can be said also about his clever but excessive use of Wilde type epigrams. As an example, he has Wotton commenting on Baz' death with the following paraphrase of Lady Bracknell ("The The Importance of Being Earnest") "For Baz to have died once would have been unfortunate; for him to die twice looks like carelessness." I found this funny but also over the top.
These problems aside, "Dorian" is a thought-provoking and extremely well-written novel well deserving the reader's attention.
Talvinl
When I ordered this book I was really looking forward to it. I have enjoyed quite a few of Will Self's other books but, I was disappointed. Self's writing is still clever, his characterizations of bitter old queens is fabulous, the setting was very good. His placement of the story at the dawn of the AIDS era was very smart, however the book itself falls flat. There are bright spots here and there, but the story as a whole seems lackluster.

I feel the ending was a bit of overkill and entirely unecessary. All in all despite Will Self's wit, I don't really recommend this particular book.
Xinetan
Bought this on recommendation of a friend and very glad I did. It's an interesting, more modern take on the great Oscar Wilde's lone novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray. I'd definitely recommend it...as long as a little vulgarity doesn't scare you. :P
Grinin
...but I'd rather be one of the few who finds pleasure in Self's perversity than one of the many who see only perveristy in such pleasures (as those of the wanton that is Self's Henry Wotton).

Perhaps you should skip this tale if you:

) rarely find reinterpretations as enjoyable -- note that this is not the same as 'good' -- as an original or 'classic'

) are offended by repeated discussions of drugs, sex, homosexuality, precious bodily fluids, et cetera

) haven't read any of his other works; or have, and don't like such

) don't like it when authors make much wordplay or use obscure vocabulary which might require the reader to visit a dictionary

Note: I am a big fan of Mr. Self. You also may find his writing very entertaining if you don't fall into any of the above buckets. If you're interested in checking for yourself, I would recommend the short story collection _Grey Area_ or the novel _Great Apes_. (The only major book of his that I did not find highly enjoyable was _How the Dead Live_, which was a little tedious.)

So there you have my opinion. It's just that. But do take the reviews of those who panned this book as such as well. There's no accounting for taste; however, I personally recommend that you taste this account of a modern Dorian Gray. Terrible, I know;).
Opithris
This is an excellent updating of Oscar Wilde's Dorian Gray, moving the action up to the 1980s-1990s of London, New York, and LA. The prose style is rich and erudite. The pages are larded with faux Wilde epigrams that sparkle and shimmer.

What keeps it interesting, even when you think you know where it's going, is that there are two very interesting twists at the end. I would like to think that Wilde would approve. Lots of famous names are dropped: Warhol, Princess Di, Barbara Bush, Versace, etc., so our more modern times of pop culture are vividly portrayed.

The novel is often graphic in its detail of the free-living Manhattan sex clubs right before (and then full into) the AIDS era. The scenes involving drug usage are not for the squeamish. The vocabulary alternates between the philosophy classroom and the filthy gutter.

Some of the characterizations are marvelous, especially a rich old guy called The Ferret. I was amazed at how the author stayed so close to the original, yet made everything seem his own.