the men of Dorian Gray
Chapter 2, we've met Basil, Lord Henry and finally DG. Its early going but Basil seems so weak and Lord Henry is such a manipulative drama queen that I don't care for either of their characters. When LH says he wants to stay but the minute Basil capitulates and agrees that he can stay to entertain Dorian Gray LH acts as if he's changed his mind and has to go so that both Basil and Dorain beg him to stay. I wanted to tell Basil "Let him go" and good riddance - its an unpleasant and disfunctional friendship.
I couldn't agree more. So far there is not one character in this book that I would want to spend any time with. Basil already seems weak, LH is way to pompus, and in the little exposure we've had so far, Dorian seems flighty. Maybe as the book progresses they will become more endearing, but I doubt I would be able to put up with LH's grand statements.
Oct 16, 2007 11:55 am
You know, they didn't have TV or radio - they had to entertain themselves in the Edwardian era. Conversation was it. I wouldn't want to match wits with any of them - but to be a fly on the wall (with joint and cocktail in hand) would be fun. I disagree that it's dysfunctional - they've known each other since college, B can handle LH - although I think he's (Basil) in over his head with regard to DG...
Oct 16, 2007 12:21 pm
Okay - but Dracula, Frankenstein, and The Scarlet Pimpernel were also written in the same period (I don't read a lot of Edwardian) and I don't remember them having so many moral drawnout speeches. Lord Henry is the Julia Sugarbaker of this book.
Oct 18, 2007 12:00 pm
So when is Lord Henry going to start sleeping with Dorian? "...left for a stranger to reveal himself to himself." And what will happen to poor Basil? He'll be forced to have drinks, something with strawberries in it, in the garden alone. zelda139 is right though, other Edwardian works were not littered with the morality speeches, but they were also far more drama filled. Frankenstein and Dracula were suspense books, everything had to be shocking.
Oct 18, 2007 3:22 pm