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    Likes metaphors mixed, not stirred Chris P's Avatar
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    I finished A Picture of Dorian Gray. Wow, that was good! Accessible, paced well, connectable characters, and some top-notch scenes. The Tweet-style synopsis (Dorian doesn't age but his picture does) simply does not do justice to what turned out to be a very heartfelt and actually spiritual story. At first, Dorian relishes in the fact that his avatar takes the brunt of his dissipation, and a mixture of curiosity and self-indulgence leads him down a path of doing what he wants, when he wants, without consequence. I saw a parallel with addiction; empowering at first and encouraged by enablers such as Lord Henry, but slowly whittling away at our very fiber, here Dorian's picture, until it's too late to undo the damage. I don't know if that's what Wilde had in mind, but that's what came to mind to me.

    Another’s Mother Tongue: Any book in the foreign language of your choice.
    French: Short Stories for Beginners - various

    Eyes to the skies: A book connected to weather, or with a weather-themed title.
    House of Sand and Fog - Andre Dubus

    No Cliff Notes this time: A book that’s required reading in most high schools or universities.
    Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck

    By its cover: A book you know nothing about, chosen solely by the FRONT cover (no reading the jacket flap, back cover blurb, or reviews).
    Cherry - Nico Walker Done

    Better known for . . .: A book by someone who’s more famous for something other than writing.
    Gristle: From factory farms to food safety - Moby and Miyun Park

    Howdy, stranger: A book about immigrants or immigration, or with an immigrant main character.
    The Book of Unknown Americans - Cristina Henriquez Done

    Loose ends: A book you started last year and haven’t yet finished.
    The Gilded Age - Mark Twain and Dudley Warner

    Tag team: A book by more than one author.
    Will Grayson, Will Grayson - John Green and David Levithan

    Ripped from the headlines: A true crime book.
    Catch and Kill - Ronan Farrow Done

    Down on the farm: A book featuring farmers, agriculture, or taking place in an agrarian setting.
    The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture - Wendell Berry

    What your great-grandparents read: A book written more than 75 years before you were born.
    A Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde Done

    No hablo: A book originally written in another language (i.e., a translation).
    Drive Your Plows over the Bones of the Dead - Olga Tokarczuk
    Last edited by Chris P; 03-27-2020 at 02:19 AM.
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