Thursday, 19 April 2007

Ghosts

Fear of the dark. All kids have it. Kids are smart. Then they grow up, and sometimes, somewhere down the line, we convince ourselves that there's nothing to be worried about. And then, sooner or later, we trip over.That wasn't any kind of fatalistic prophetic statement that I came up with to scare people by the way. That's what seems to me the best way to resolve The Picture of Dorian Gray in my rather harshly rattled head. I suppose each person might have their own interpretation of the book. Each one sinks into the narrative to a different depth. The trick is to manage to come back up by the end of it.

The Renaissance knew of strange manners of poisoning-- poisoning by a helmet and a lighted torch, by an embroidered glove and a jewelled fan, by a gilded pomander and by an amber chain. Dorian Gray had been poisoned by a book. There were moments when he looked on evil simply as a mode through which he could realize his conception of the beautiful.

-- Chapter 11: The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
Currently: recovering...
Listening to: Moby - Flying foxes

2 comments:

vishnoi said...

the pic is nice..and the book is something that i put on want-to-be-read thing :)

kray said...

ah! good good, it's quite interesting actually! and very gripping :)