Wilde Passions of Dorian Gray (英語) ペーパーバック – 2013/11/19
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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."
"A gothic, erotic thriller."
--The Huffington Post
"Szereto's use of language is faithful to the original, even in the frequent sex scenes. She's a novelist who knows how to construct a coherent plot, and she treats Oscar Wilde's book with respect."
--"The Gay and Lesbian Review"
"Dorian flits from what at first just seem sexual relationships but at times become challenges or even romantic. Dorian's conquests range from the virginal to those who may be darker than he. Does Dorian get topped? You bet his sweet ass he does!"
"Szeroto's use of time travel is brilliant."
"If you like seeing your favorite characters in flagrante dishabille, then you'll enjoy this passionate and daring novel as a sequel to Oscar Wilde's classic."
--City Book Review
"I am sure that if [Oscar Wilde] were alive today he would shake the hands of Mitzi Szereto for doing what he couldn't do in his lifetime."
--Night Owl Reviews
"Dorian is a bastard, but it's a fantastically well-told story [...] It confirms once and for all that Szereto is a well-rounded and talented novelist."
--Erin O'Riordan, author of "Pagan Spirits"
"This is the book that Wilde wishes he could have written a century ago-complete with the explicit, naughty details. I'm sure he would be grinning from ear to ear as he read this creative new book, inspired by his own imagination."
"Let this book be a sin that you let yourself experience." - So So Gay
"Far from a typical reworking of the original, Mitzi Szereto uses her love of Wilde's book to reimagine a life for Dorian Gray that explores so much more than Wilde's intentions."
--The Jeep Diva
""The Wilde Passions of Dorian Gray" takes Oscar Wilde's Creation to new levels of sin."
--The Novel Approach
"The fascinating tale of Dorian Gray continues in this creatively styled tale of sin and redemption. Ms. Szereto's unique writing style brings a sense of the everyday man to the supernatural figure of Dorian Gray. With its erotic twists and turns, this story of decadence is not for the faint of heart."
--Coffee Time Romance
"This is strong writing, as is to be expected from a celebrated author of Szereto's calibre. The "WIlde Passions of Dorian Gray" excites where it needs to, relays a compelling narrative, and continues the story of one of literature's most enduring characters. Definitely worth the read."
"If you enjoy exceptional writing and can enjoy a book for what it is, please consider picking "The Wilde Passions Of Dorian Gray"
-Mr Wills House of Thrills
"If you like erotica, historical English Novels, murder and more? This book is for you!"
""The Wilde Passions of Dorian Gray" is Gothic decadence at its best and will titillate and shock you until the very last page!"
--"Popular Literary Reflections"
"It takes a brave writer to attempt to finish Wilde's story. Mitzi Szereto does so beautifully and with lyrical prose. She has modernized the story and she gives us a main character that is impossible to forget. What I really like is that she has taken a classic story and made it hers without harming a word of the original and making the sequel a reading guilty pleasure."
--"Reviews by Amos Lassen"
""The Wilde Passions of Dorian Gray" is first rate escapist reading with lots of interesting plot twists and turns. It is not for the homophobic."
--"The Reading Life"
"A debauched adventure through time and decadence! Szereto brings an authentically 'classic' voice to this modern tale of Dorian Gray, who descends from masterminding orgies to slavishly sodomitical obsequiousness to ultimately staging cruel seductions using his ageless beauty--deeds that can only serve to make his well-hidden portrait grow more monstrous. A sequel that would make Oscar Wilde blush!"
--John Everson, author of "Siren" and "NightWhere"
"Mitzi Szereto writes this compelling story with poetic fluency. "Wilde Passions of Dorian Gray" is a hedonistic rush that doesn't shy away from the darker side of passion. I loved it!"
--Sam Stone (author of "The Vampire Gene Series"
"Adventurous sex, Paris, New Orleans and countless exotic locations plus a dash of the supernatural: how could I not have loved Mitzi Szereto's new novel about the very much alive afterlife of Oscar Wilde's wonderfully dissolute character? It touches all my buttons and begs to be read after dark..."
- Maxim Jakubowski
"Mitzi Szereto never ceases to amaze with her originality and daring. Her imagination seems limitless. In this intensely sensual novel, a hedonistic Dorian Gray is conjured up as never before. With extraordinarily lyrical prose, she paints a portrait of Dorian that will stay with you forever. "
- Janice Eidus, author of "The War of the Rosens" and "The Last Jewish Virgin
"Szereto's elegantly written novel picks up where Oscar Wilde left off with the continued adventures of the corrupt and seductive Dorian Gray, a man blessed (or cursed?) with eternal youth and a portrait that ages in his stead. Gray's hedonistic adventures take him from Paris to Marrakesh and beyond as he explores increasingly extreme and inventive debaucheries. Sizzling erotica that would make Oscar Wilde blush!"
- Lucy Taylor, author of "The Safety of Unknown Cities"and winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel
Let’s go back to Oscar Wilde’s creation for a moment. There we watch the spiral downward of a previously chaste and good man whose portrait allows him to stay young and invulnerable to the physical world. But not to the moral world. He finally succumbs to his own self-hatred, and we end up with something of a moral lesson and a real portrait of Dorian Gray. In short, the character changes over the breadth of the novel as we watch his humanity ebb and flow.
Not so with Szereto’s character. He’s the same from beginning to end despite her attempt at convincing us of his regaining a better nature at the conclusion of the book. The fact that he ‘redeems’ himself by murdering Patrice is one factor that belies the author’s attempt. No, what we have is a novel grown too long and the writer’s scheme to end the story that has run out of steam not to say interest.
One thing has to be said for Ms Szereto. She is masterful at describing in great detail and variety the many sex scenes that feed this otherwise monstrous tale.
Book provided by Cleis Press
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book
When a 19th century piece of literature gets an addendum, it opens a completely different set of possibilities. Author Mitzi Szereto takes Oscar Wilde’s memorable character, Dorian Gray, and continues the story.
I appreciated the note from the author at the beginning of the story to explain the purpose. Rather than a rewrite of the original, it is a continuation…with a 21st century breath of air.
Although I am not convinced that this version of Dorian Gray is quite what Oscar Wilde would have depicted, the author did capture the essence of the character. The end result makes me wonder what the original story would have been like if it had been written today.
The most significant aspect of this story is the development of Dorian Gray’s sexual escapades. While the original story may have hinted at Gray’s personality and sexual preferences, the new version develops it fully and with explicit detail. I can applaud the author’s skills at tackling such a challenging character, but like many of the classics, some things are better left to the imagination.
Szereto has a deft hand with a pen, she captures the feel of Wilde’s mastery of words but brings us into the head of a man who has forsaken his humanity and morality as he pursues his singular desire to live life to its fullest. From mildly erotic scenes that are well within the norm for most readers, there is a steady decline into borderline acts of violence and questionable consent: and this is where I had problem with the direction. Pursuits of life and experience do not need to berate, degrade or abuse others physically.
If you are able to ignore those moments, the trajectory is really a downward spiral for Dorian, needing new and different becomes an ever-strengthening obsession and we follow him through various cities and settings. Always taking time to define the place and feel of the scene, the story carries a vibrancy that is redolent with the experiences and places that we travel with Dorian on his search.
While I cannot wholeheartedly recommend this to all readers who are curious about an erotically charged reinvention utilizing a classic character specifically because of the questionable consent and overtly violent moments, the story was well written and well presented with solid pacing and descriptions that felt true to the original classic.
I received an eBook from the publisher for purpose of honest review for the Jeep Diva. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Worth owning, this.