The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

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The Picture of Dorian Gray

“Words! Mere words! How terrible they were! How clear, and vivid, and cruel! One could not escape from them. And yet what a subtle magic there was in them! They seemed to be able to give a plastic form to formless things, and to have a music of their own as sweet as that of viol or of lute. Mere words! Was there anything so real as words?”

” Written in his distinctively dazzling manner, Oscar Wilde’s story of a fashionable young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty is the author’s most popular work. The tale of Dorian Gray’s moral disintegration caused a scandal when it first appeared in 1890, but though Wilde was attacked for the novel’s corrupting influence, he responded that there is, in fact, “a terrible moral in Dorian Gray.” Just a few years later, the book and the aesthetic/moral dilemma it presented became issues in the trials occasioned by Wilde’s homosexual liaisons, which resulted in his imprisonment. Of Dorian Gray’s relationship to autobiography, Wilde noted in a letter, “Basil Hallward is what I think I am: Lord Henry what the world thinks me: Dorian what I would like to be—in other ages, perhaps.” 

Anne’s Review

***** 5 stars *****

How to even blog about a book that was both amazing but left you feeling dark and hopeless. This was the only book that Wilde ever wrote.  His dialogue was perfect and at times will stay with you far too long after reading. I will share my favorite ones: 

“The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.”

“Live! Live the wonderful life that is in you! Let nothing be lost upon you. Be always searching for new sensations. Be afraid of nothing.”

“It is only shallow people who require years to get rid of an emotion. A man who is master of himself can end a sorrow as easily as he can invent a pleasure. I don’t want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to
use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.”

“To define is to limit.”

“You must have a cigarette. A cigarette is the perfect type of a perfect pleasure. It is exquisite, and it leaves one unsatisfied. What more can one want?”

……. and i felt like all the characters in this book, including the author despises women. 

” My dear boy, no woman is a genius. Women are a decorative sex. They never have anything to say, but they say it charmingly. Women represent the triumph of matter over mid, just as men represent the triumph of mind over morals.”

“Never marry at all, Dorian. Men marry because they are tired, women, because they are curious: both are disappointed.”

“Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest motives.”

“A man can be happy with any woman as long as he does not love her.”

.… and marriage!!! ( But I’m sure if Wilde was still alive now He’d have a different opinion with it since anybody can be legally married in America. )

Oscar Wilde was prosecuted in 1895 because of a calling card left by the Marquess that stated Wilde was practicing the crime of Sodomy.   During the trial they used this book to incriminate Wilde.  See how powerful words are? But then again this was 1895. I loved this book not because it inspired me or that I loved any of the characters but  for the fact that it was greatly written. It was just a simple and original story that can grab you right from the start. I do hope you read this book and love it as much as I did.

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The latest movie Ben Barnes was cast as Dorian Gray.  I thought he did a marvelous job. He was able to pull off Dorian’s innocence/naive self in the beginning and transformed into the cruel man he became.  The movie on the other hand was not great. I felt like the screenwriter did not read the book.  It was just utterly disgraceful.

** soundtrack

1. Sam Smith – I’m Not the Only One

2. The Weeknd – Earned it

3. The Weekend – Wicked Games

4. Lenny Kravitz – Cant Get You Off My Mind

5. Sam Smith –  Leave Your Lover

End of Days by Susan Ee ( Penryn and the End of Days book series book 3 )

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End of Days

“Power is best held by the ones who don’t want it.”

Anne’s Review

*** 3 stars ***

The book starts right off where we left off from World After.

**** Check out old book review World After:

http://the-book-ends.com/2013/12/03/world-after-by-susan-ee-penryn-and-the-end-of-days-book-series-book-2/?preview=true&preview_id=746&preview_nonce=bc21fd89de

 Penryn and Raffe on the run from Uriel while searching for a doctor that can somehow help fix Raffe’s wings and cure Penryn’s sister.  As they spent more time together they soon realized that they both have different responsibilities to attend to and each step they take it seems to push them away from each other.  When Uriel unleashed a nightmare against the humans Raffe and Penryn had to choose: their own kind or their love?

I finally finished this series and thank God it was only 3 books. Angelfall remained to be my favorite out of the three and I think the author never actually thought out how to end this or where she wants to take the series. It was definitely an original take on apocalyptic romance but some scenes on this book was a bit too weird and confusing. It did not feel like a whole and did not connect or mesh well together.  The only thing that saved this story was Raffe and Penryn’s relationship. But this being a YA book we only had couple of kisses here and there .  Raffe was still his gorgeous and cocky/smart ass self which I have loved since the 1st book. The ending was good. All in all this book series was ok. I had high hopes but it never reached its full potential after Angelfall.

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Raffe

** from my old book review of AngelFall

http://the-book-ends.com/2013/07/22/angelfall-penryn-and-the-end-of-days-book-1-by-susan-ee-2/

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Penryn

“I challenge you to come find us.’ ‘This is Penryn Young, Daughter of Man, Killer of Angels.” 

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“Just this once,’ he says almost more to himself than to me. ‘Just one moment.’ 
Then he leans down and kisses me.”

– Raffe

“I have better things to do.” 
“Like what?” 
He opens one eye and looks at me. “Like convince a stubborn girl to admit she’s madly in love with me.”

– Raffe

End of Days

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** Soundtrack

1. Imagine Dragons – Demons

2. Imagine Dragons – RadioActive

3. Imagine Dragons – I Bet My Life

4. Imagine Dragons – It’s Time

5. Imagine Dragons – Warriors

6. Imagine Dragons – Monster

Looking for Alaska by John Green

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“Before I got here, I thought for a long time that the way out of the labyrinth was to pretend that it did not exist, to build a small, self-sufficient world in the back corner of the endless maze and to pretend that I was not lost, but home.” 

 

 Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter’s whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the “Great Perhaps” (François Rabelais, poet) even more. He heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.

  After. Nothing is ever the same

Anne’s Review

**** 4 stars ****

John Green is an amazing writer and somehow has the perfect formula for teen’s stories.  He can capture the best and the worst minds of teenagers and I’m certainly far from a teen but as I read this story it brought me back to my teen self.  The way we felt like we are invincible and we felt like everything was so important from the biggest to the smallest problem, we thought that it was the ultimate end.  Like he said:

” Teenagers think they are invincible.” We need never to be hopeless, because we can never be irreparably broken. We think that we are invincible because we are.  We cannot be born, and we cannot die. Like all energy, we can only change shapes and sizes and manifestations. They forget that when they get old. They get scared of losing and failing.  But that part of us greater than the sum of our parts cannot begin and cannot end, and so it cannot fail.”

I can probably relate a bit more with Pudge.  I was never that much of a risk taker when I was that age but I was also not that naive.  I definitely had that kind group of friends that were the ” cool ” ones. They just did everything they wanted despite of the consequences and I on the other hand, was the conscience of the group.  But I have never ever regretted everything that happened.  Life is too short and we all need to find that “Great Perhaps.”

This book definitely doesn’t hide anything. It shows every single thing that I’m sure teens are doing now or then. I love that John Green’s characters are real and somehow reminds us of people we’ve known in the past.  I love it. This book deals a lot with friendship, suffering, guilt, loss, grief and compassion.

The reason why I gave this a 4 star instead of a 5 because I felt like Alaska and Pudge had little chemistry.  But I guess that’s how the author wanted us to feel.  Pudge truly and madly in love with her but yet I cannot see the reason for it since she is just this self-destructive girl. She is wild, indecisive and impulsive at the same time. But I guess that is the allure that caught Pudge. She is someone that he never encountered before with his safe and boring life in Florida. I will never understand how he felt for her but I was wishing for more from Alaska and Pudge’s story, just like  how he wanted as well. Overall an amazing book.  John Green can never disappoint.

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Characters:

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Pudge

“Francois Rabelais. He was this poet. And his last words were ‘I go to seek a Great Perhaps.’ That’s why I’m going. So I don’t have to wait until I die to start seeking a Great Perhaps.” – Miles “Pudge” Halter

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Alaska

“We can’t love our neighbors till we know how crooked their hearts are.”

– Alaska Young

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Colonel

“After all this time, it still seems to me like straight and fast is the only way out—but I choose the labyrinth. The labyrinth blows, but I choose it.” 

– Chip ” Colonel ” Martin

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Thomas Edison’s last words were: “It’s very beautiful over there.” I don’t know where there is, but I believe it’s somewhere, and I hope it’s beautiful.”

** soundtrack **

1.  Meghan Trainor ft. Nathan Sykes – Like I’m Going to Lose you

2. Nathan Sykes – More Than You’ll Ever Know

3. Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do

4. Evanescence – My Immortal

5. Seether – Broken

6. 3 Doors Down – Here Without You

book:

http://www.amazon.com/Looking-Alaska-John-Green/dp/0142402516/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1431387005&sr=8-1&keywords=looking+alaska

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Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

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“You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.”

Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.

Anne’s Review

**** 4Stars ****

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Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

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“I have a meanness inside me, real as an organ. Slit me at my belly and it might slide out, meaty and dark, drop on the floor so you could stomp on it.” 

 

Libby Day was just seven years old when her evidence put her fifteen-year-old brother behind bars.

Since then, she has been drifting. But when she is contacted by a group who are convinced of Ben’s innocence, Libby starts to ask questions she never dared to before. Was the voice she heard her borther’s? Ben was a misfit in their small town, but was he capable of murder? Are there secrets to uncover at the family farm or is Libby deluding herself because she wants her brother back?

She begins to realize that everyone in her family had something to hide that day… especially Ben. Now, twenty-four years later, the truth is going to be even harder to find.

Who did massacre the Day family?

Anne’s Review

***** 5 *****

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Avoiding Series book 1 ( Avoiding Commitment ) by K.A Linde

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Jack and Lexi never had a typical relationship. After 2 years without speaking, she receives a phone call that changes everything. He unexpectedly asks her to convince the new girl, Bekah, that he’s ready to commit. Jack is calling now after everything they had been through because there is another woman. She can’t believe it.

Follow Lexi in this heart wrenching drama as she relives her past relationship, or lack thereof, with Jack, and not just in her own mind, but to his fiance-to-be. Throw in Bekah’s hot brother who always seems to be in the right place at the right time, a past with more secrets to unravel than you can even imagine, and you get a recipe for disaster.

Find out what happens to Lexi as she travels to Atlanta to get the closure she so desperately desires from Jack, and how the bumps of life seem to keep getting in the way.

Dual Review:

Anne

***** 5 stars *****

Millie

**** 4 stars ****

( reaction to 1st book )

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