Wilde passions of Dorian Gray left a definite impression on me that will no doubt stay with me the rest of my life. I have always been a fan of the movie picture of Dorian gray and yet I never knew who wrote the book nor did I ever know he was Gay. In fact I recently found out about Oscar Wilde being the writer of the picture of Dorian gray. I searched for him on Night Owl Reviews which in turn brought me this book. I must say that this book will make Oscar wild proud.
I say this with the utmost respect that Oscar Wilde was probably the gayest man I would never get the chance to meet. He was probably one of the first gay advocates for gay rights and he was truly ahead of his time. I am sure that if he were alive today he would shake the hands of Mitzi Szereto for doing what he couldn't do in his lifetime. I, myself clap for Mitzi Szereto because even though we have come very far in the gay movement and I may be wrong but this would still be considered very bold for a writer today. Not writing a story about erotica, but writing a gay novel featuring an all-male cast with a gay protagonist who not only penetrates the straight world; but takes it and its men and sometimes women by force.
Dorian Gray is a man many would say was condemn to walk the earth for hundreds of years never changing, never growing up. I say that he was given the very chance that many of us would only dream of. The chance to experience four if not more lifetimes of freedom and choice. The fact that Dorian was corrupted is irrelevant when it came to what he did, in fact it’s not irrelevant as much as it is questionable. In his time he was considered corrupted by the man he loved the most, but was he? Lord Henry Wotton is one of the most hated characters of the book and yet he is also the most loved.
He stands accused of corrupting a beautiful young man who would have otherwise have come out a decent member in society. Who would have been a husband and father never once releasing “the demons within him” but did he? Or is he responsible for only telling him the truth and waking him up therefore giving him the chance to face reality? No one would ever really know but here is my take on it. I think that Lord Henry Wotton spoke only the truth even in today’s standards.
Beauty and youth are everything and once they are gone society as a whole finds the person utterly useless. Youth is wasted on the young only because we are too inexperienced and far too hardheaded to know what to do with it. Many of us spend most of our youth either going towards the crowds or against them, then we spend the rest of it trying to find ourselves. Then when we get old we spend it living in regret, with words of if only I were young again. Like if the gods of youth gave us the chance we would use it to better ourselves and not make the same mistakes again.
Though I doubt it, I think that if we were made young again we most likely would make the same mistakes if not worse ones, because if it is true that youth is wasted on the young. Is it not also true that wisdom is gifted only to the old? This is what Dorian Gray learns throughout his lifetimes of eternal youth and eternal mistakes. This is the testament of youth given to us by a young man driven insane by both lust and freedom almost as much as youth, but don’t believe me read it yourself.
In fact I encourage you, no I implore you to buy one of these books whereever they may be sold and place it on your bed side table. Not your shelf because how many books have we placed there and let them become forgotten? Read one chapter of this book a night and think about it as you read. Did you receive the same message I did? If not did you receive something better, deeper or more meaningful? Either way you will enjoy this book. I recommend this book to anyone who’s seen the picture of Dorian Gray and said no this isn’t right, something is missing. This book will show you what is missing and more.
Inspired by Oscar Wilde’s classic novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, Mitzi Szereto’s Wilde Passions of Dorian Gray continues where Wilde left off with the Faustian tale of a man of eternal youth and great physical beauty who lives a life of corruption, decadence and hedonism. The story begins in the bordellos of Jazz-Age Paris, moving to the opium dens of Marrakesh and the alluring anonymity of South America. In his pursuit of sensation and carnal thrills, Dorian’s desires turn increasingly extreme and he leaves behind yet more devastation and death. He ultimately settles in present-day New Orleans, joining with a group of like-minded beings known as The Night People. They inadvertently return to Dorian his humanity when he falls in love with a young woman he rescues from becoming their victim. She will be his redemption, but she will also be his final curse.