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This is a brilliant book which I bought some years ago, but left untouched on my shelf. Recently, I decided to finish it and although it was a book written in 1891, the themes and human emotions explored are truly timeless.

The story is about obsession and how far one is willing compromise his integrity, his worth for the superficiality of physical appearance. Dorian Gray had his portrait done by a painter, Basil Hallward, who was infatuated with the young man and as a result produced one his finest works ever. Gray meets Lord Henry, a friend of Hallward, who shares his somewhat self-indulging world views that eventually lead to Gray’s moral decline. The disintegration of Gray’s values shows up in his portrait while none leaves its mark on his youthful face that remained so even as the years go by.

I heard Ben Barnes (Chronicles of Narnia, Prince of Caspian) is going to play the movie adaption of this story by Oscar Wilde. I can’t wait, not because it’s Ben Barnes, but because I want to see the story come to life!

Ben Barnes, starring as Dorian Gray in the movie adaption of The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.

Ben Barnes, starring as Dorian Gray in the movie adaption of The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.

My insight of The Picture of Dorian Gray. To read on

Language of thought

I just want to say a big thank you to all the avid readers of my blog. I have been receiving quite a number of requests to write in English, and I feel bad for those whose computer can’t display Chinese characters, and non-Chinese readers. But as I’ve replied to some fans in private, I just want to say, I love sharing my thoughts, views and feelings openly with everyone. Sometimes I think in Chinese, sometimes in English, and I end up expressing them in whichever language the thoughts were formed. To translate one to the other is possible, but it loses the emotional subtlety that is most precious to me. It’s my emotional world I want to invite you into, to share with you my intimate thoughts and present who I really am, apart from my on-screen persona(s). 🙂

Recently, I bought 《红楼梦》because I love literature, although not necessarily acing it during my JC years. *oops* (I bordered on failing throughout the two years). I love the period, the stage, the characters and most importantly, the language of literature, both English and Chinese. With every book, regardless of its genre, I find myself teleported into that time, watching the characters, feeling the emotional nuances they do and walking through the era they existed in. It’s always a very deep and thought-provoking experience and it is this, I like to share with all.

I can’t read Chinese fluently, more so if it is in traditional characters, but I try, because I’m intrigued and curious and never want to stop learning.