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And Henry succumb to the disease du jour how is it that Dorian despite all his sexual and narcotic debauchery remains so unsullied so vibrantly alive'A book that filled its first reviewers with the odour of moral and spiritual putrefaction just got smellier darker and funnier' Observer Dorian will be adored by fans of Will Self and Martin Amis and is an essential read for those who enjoyed The Picture of Dorian GrayWill Self is the author of nine novels including Cock and Bull; My Idea of Fun; Great Apes; How the Dead Live; Dorian an Imitation; The Book of Dave; The Butt; Walking to Hollywood and Umbrella My addiction to Self began here an interlibrary loan that afterwards I foisted upon Melanie with a feverOh man unreliable narrators You shouldyou gottaoh manjustjust readIt brings to mind the taste of tuna melts and fries at Swarth s secondary cafeteria as I discussed my amazement with the sustained wordplay the in your face use of big eldritch words Melanie listened patiently probably feeling a bit sad for me that I d never been out of my literary gutters before to discover that there arearepractically reams of wordplay and unreliability lining the shelves some of them even are catalogued as Current History Nowdays though Self has become kind of a dick following his hero Martin Amis who in turn is following pied piper Christopher Hitchens into the realm of Neo Connery But this was when he was cool Make your own model forts & castles remains so unsullied so vibrantly alive'A book that filled its first Tremors of Fury (The Days of Ash and Fury reviewers with the odour of moral and spiritual putrefaction just got smellier darker and funnier' Observer Dorian will be adored by fans of Will Self and Martin Amis and is an essential How Julian and Nigel Turned Each Other Gay (Inadvertently), or So They Both Claim read for those who enjoyed The Picture of Dorian GrayWill Self is the author of nine novels including Cock and Bull; My Idea of Fun; Great Apes; How the Dead Live; Dorian an Imitation; The Book of Dave; The Butt; Walking to Hollywood and Umbrella My addiction to Self began here an interlibrary loan that afterwards I foisted upon Melanie with a feverOh man unreliable narrators You shouldyou gottaoh manjustjust The Mage (Foxcraft, Book 3) readIt brings to mind the taste of tuna melts and fries at Swarth s secondary cafeteria as I discussed my amazement with the sustained wordplay the in your face use of big eldritch words Melanie listened patiently probably feeling a bit sad for me that I d never been out of my literary gutters before to discover that there arearepractically Illustrated Workbook for Self-Therapy for Your Inner Critic reams of wordplay and unreliability lining the shelves some of them even are catalogued as Current History Nowdays though Self has become kind of a dick following his hero Martin Amis who in turn is following pied piper Christopher Hitchens into the Earthfall (Homecoming, realm of Neo Connery But this was when he was cool

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Dorian An Imitation

Which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize He has written five collections of shorter fiction and three novellas The uantity Theory of Insanity; Grey Area; License to Hug; The Sweet Smell of Psychosis; Design Faults in the Volvo 760 Turbo; Tough Tough Toys for Tough Tough Boys; Dr Mukti and Other Tales of Woe and Liver A Fictional Organ with a Surface Anatomy of Four Lobes Self has also compiled a number of nonfiction works including The Undivided Self Selected Stories; Junk Mail; Perfidious Man; Sore Sites; Feeding Frenzy; Psychogeography; Psycho Too and The Unbearable Lightness of Being a Prawn Cracke I learned that I should probably read the original as well This one is interesting because it is written with accents and isn t apologeticat all my first instinct is todefinetly not like it but that is only because it is hard to find a character to sympathize with when all the guys gay in the book hate women but I think I need to look deeper Imagimorphia read the original as well This one is interesting because it is written with accents and isn t apologeticat all my first instinct is todefinetly not like it but that is only because it is hard to find a character to sympathize with when all the guys gay in the book hate women but I think I need to look deeper

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Dorian Will Self's brilliant 'imitation' of Oscar Wilde's original tainted love story'Brutal savage infinitely readable' Observer'Chilling hysterical tasteless and haunting A Gothic thriller complementing and enriching its original' Independent on SundayIn the summer of 1981 aristocratic drug addicted Henry Wooten and Warhol acolyte Baz Hallward meet Dorian Gray Dorian is a golden adonis perfect pure and so far deliciously uncorrupted The subject of Baz's video installation Cathode Narcissus and the object of Henry's attentions Dorian is launched on a hedonistic binge that spans the '80s and '90s But as Baz Self s title here works two ways His Dorian is an imitation of Wilde s Picture of Dorian Gray and Self s Dorian Gray which is to say his hero is an imitation of whatever he needs to be given the situation at hand Numerous times the narrator refers to this man as a chameleon and indeed there s something far sinister about this Dorian than Wilde sSelf has updated the story to AIDS era Britain Instead of a picture Dorian is reproduced as Cathode Narcissus a nine monitor video installation of Dorian s nude body seen voyeuristically at all angles at once It s this video that Dorian wishes would age while he stays young and indeed this is what happens But Self pushes the central magic further Dorian s video self also bears AIDS s ravages of the body while the live Dorian is able to live with and spread the virus without any personal threatWhat s great about this novel is how it sits right at that line between anti gay and anti gay which is to say borderline homophobic but really in the end just smartly critical of all the failures of post Stonewall gay culture Self attacks the whole notion of gay identity and identification most explicitly in the dialogue of his heroin shooting novelist stand in character Devenish It s been the misfortune of people who prefer sex with their own gender to be forced to regard this as some essential part of themselves After all homosexuality was only defined as a pathology in response to the alleged healthiness of heterosexuality It s the great mistake of you erm you gays to mistake a mere attribute for an essence 212 And the same character attacks gayour culture s youth obsession If Gray were able to stay young and have this video installation age in his stead he d be the icon of an era in which everyone seeks to hang on to their childhood until they re pressing furry fucking teddy bears against wrinkled cheeks You homosexuals are only the vanguard of a mutton army dressed as denim lambs 220Will Self is straight or well straight or whatever which complicates all this in stupid ways What I mean is if it were say Foucault saying this which he did essentially regarding the first uote or Roy Cohn in Angels in America who said something similar to the second uote regarding clout and anti discrimination laws I d be fine with it The community or whatever would be fine with it but as Self doesn t identify as gay nor could he I don t think his writing could be seen as homophobicIt s not I for one am glad for Self s book I d much rather read something critical and thought provoking than the easy bromides of rah rah Good for us gay fiction Even if the former isn t accurate the latter feels like a lie The Love of a Latino readable' Observer'Chilling hysterical tasteless and haunting A Gothic thriller complementing and enriching its original' Independent on SundayIn the summer of 1981 aristocratic drug addicted Henry Wooten and Warhol acolyte Baz Hallward meet Dorian Gray Dorian is a golden adonis perfect pure and so far deliciously uncorrupted The subject of Baz's video installation Cathode Narcissus and the object of Henry's attentions Dorian is launched on a hedonistic binge that spans the '80s and '90s But as Baz Self s title here works two ways His Dorian is an imitation of Wilde s Picture of Dorian Gray and Self s Dorian Gray which is to say his hero is an imitation of whatever he needs to be given the situation at hand Numerous times the narrator Other Days, Other Eyes refers to this man as a chameleon and indeed there s something far sinister about this Dorian than Wilde sSelf has updated the story to AIDS era Britain Instead of a picture Dorian is Deception Island reproduced as Cathode Narcissus a nine monitor video installation of Dorian s nude body seen voyeuristically at all angles at once It s this video that Dorian wishes would age while he stays young and indeed this is what happens But Self pushes the central magic further Dorian s video self also bears AIDS s The Family ravages of the body while the live Dorian is able to live with and spread the virus without any personal threatWhat s great about this novel is how it sits The First Partition of Poland right at that line between anti gay and anti gay which is to say borderline homophobic but The Hero of Varay really in the end just smartly critical of all the failures of post Stonewall gay culture Self attacks the whole notion of gay identity and identification most explicitly in the dialogue of his heroin shooting novelist stand in character Devenish It s been the misfortune of people who prefer sex with their own gender to be forced to Palestrina and Other Plays regard this as some essential part of themselves After all homosexuality was only defined as a pathology in Blackmailed By Daddy response to the alleged healthiness of heterosexuality It s the great mistake of you erm you gays to mistake a mere attribute for an essence 212 And the same character attacks gayour culture s youth obsession If Gray were able to stay young and have this video installation age in his stead he d be the icon of an era in which everyone seeks to hang on to their childhood until they उरलं सुरलं [Urla Surla] re pressing furry fucking teddy bears against wrinkled cheeks You homosexuals are only the vanguard of a mutton army dressed as denim lambs 220Will Self is straight or well straight or whatever which complicates all this in stupid ways What I mean is if it were say Foucault saying this which he did essentially Cock Tales regarding the first uote or Roy Cohn in Angels in America who said something similar to the second uote Son of the Hero regarding clout and anti discrimination laws I d be fine with it The community or whatever would be fine with it but as Self doesn t identify as gay nor could he I don t think his writing could be seen as homophobicIt s not I for one am glad for Self s book I d much The Alien Jigsaw rather Towards a Comprehensive Theory of Human Learning read something critical and thought provoking than the easy bromides of The Illusion of Gods Presence rah Folk Tales From The Soviet Union rah Good for us gay fiction Even if the former isn t accurate the latter feels like a lie


10 thoughts on “Dorian An Imitation

  1. says:

    Another book from the 2002 Booker longlist this is a book full of surprises It is basically an updated version of Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray starting in 1981 and finishing in 1997 For much of the book Self mirrors the original narrative though his wit is heavy handed than Wilde's and his excesses are extreme He is n

  2. says:

    Sacreligiously I prefer this to Wilde's original And I greatly prefer it to any of Will Self's other fiction I've read Always been a big fan of his non fiction the stories less so I doubt I'll ever read a better re write of a classic those things are not known even for being good but this is superlativeSuch profusion and richness of

  3. says:

    Self's title here works two ways His Dorian is an imitation of Wilde's Picture of Dorian Gray and Self's Dorian Gray which

  4. says:

    My addiction to Self began here; an interlibrary loan that afterwards I foisted upon Melanie with a feverOh man unreliable narrators You shouldy

  5. says:

    Oscar Wilde foppish aesthete Limp wristed intelligence with prepared wit language so ethereal that it's like being smothered in a bed of marshmallow clouds Famous book Picture of Dorian Gray about a man who sells his soul to stay forever young and debauchWill Self took that and has written a novel inspired by Picture of Dorian Gr

  6. says:

    I Liked this Better Than the Original A literary re write is a difficult thing to do well but Will Self does it I think Self works better within the restraints of this formversus his bloated books The Butt or The Book of Dave and the new twists Self adds to the tale work wondersThere is no one picture there is a modern art installation of

  7. says:

    Dorian is a good looking immoral young man who takes uite a lot of drugs has unprotected sex with men and women and takes risks He is one of a group of similarly decadent people but as they get older and sicker he seems untouched by his lifestyle He is also the subject of a video installationWill Self has retold Oscar Wilde's story The Pictur

  8. says:

    I learned that I should probably read the original as well This one is interesting because it is written with acc

  9. says:

    Filthy and ruthless yet a chewily delicious regurgitation of Oscar Wilde's trailblazing story of Dorian Gray Set in 80's with the AIDS threat thrown into the chaos of an outrageous artistic milieu; Self pays a grand homage to the evergreen wicked and twisted taleThe picture is updated to a video installation here triggering the parallel downward spiral into world of hedonism The story follows a circle of amoral decadent men betwee

  10. says:

    This book isa filthyb awesomec one of those that pulls the rug out from under you in the last few pagesI thought I was reading an update of The Picture of Dorian Gray one whose modern setting and graphic sensibility allowed it to wallow in uestions about the nature and addictive properties of evil the duty of self awareness and the contagi

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