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Wilde Passions of Dorian Gray: A Novel by [Szereto, Mitzi]
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Inspired by Oscar Wilde’s classic novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, Mitzi Szereto’s Wilde Passions of Dorian Gray continues where Wilde left off with the Faustian tale of a man of eternal youth and great physical beauty who lives a life of corruption, decadence and hedonism. The story begins in the bordellos of Jazz-Age Paris, moving to the opium dens of Marrakesh and the alluring anonymity of South America. In his pursuit of sensation and carnal thrills, Dorian’s desires turn increasingly extreme and he leaves behind yet more devastation and death. He ultimately settles in present-day New Orleans, joining with a group of like-minded beings known as The Night People. They inadvertently return to Dorian his humanity when he falls in love with a young woman he rescues from becoming their victim. She will be his redemption, but she will also be his final curse.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 629 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Cleis Press (12 November 2013)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573449849
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573449847
  • ASIN: B00G8O70HS
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #943,488 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Contrived Plot Twist 25 April 2014
By Robert Heylmun - Published on Amazon.com
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After reading over 180 pages of unrelenting sexual encounters, murders, and tales of continuous descriptions of erections and ejaculations, we are asked to believe that the self-serving Dorian Gray that Ms Szereto has manufactured suddenly redeems himself by trying to save a girl fortuitously named Angel. Nope, doesn’t work.

Let’s go back to Oscar Wilde’s creation for a moment. There we watch the spiral downward of a previously chaste and good man whose portrait allows him to stay young and invulnerable to the physical world. But not to the moral world. He finally succumbs to his own self-hatred, and we end up with something of a moral lesson and a real portrait of Dorian Gray. In short, the character changes over the breadth of the novel as we watch his humanity ebb and flow.

Not so with Szereto’s character. He’s the same from beginning to end despite her attempt at convincing us of his regaining a better nature at the conclusion of the book. The fact that he ‘redeems’ himself by murdering Patrice is one factor that belies the author’s attempt. No, what we have is a novel grown too long and the writer’s scheme to end the story that has run out of steam not to say interest.

One thing has to be said for Ms Szereto. She is masterful at describing in great detail and variety the many sex scenes that feed this otherwise monstrous tale.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Much Darker Than Her Other Books, But a Great Read 1 February 2014
By Erin O'Riordan - Published on Amazon.com
One caveat: I never read 'The Picture of Dorian Gray.' I knew the basic plot, perhaps because I did a unit on Oscar Wilde in middle school and read one of his shorter works - I don't remember exactly. Before I started reading this book, I thought it was going to be a mash-up of the original with some of Szereto's original thoughts added in, like her 'Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts.' At first I was a little disappointed, since I really enjoyed that Austen parody. However, as I read on, I was glad to discover it was a wholly original tale crafted from the "what if" of Dorian becoming an immortal - or at least very long-lived - being.

Because I didn't read the original, I don't know how true Szereto wrote Dorian Gray to the way Wilde wrote the character, but that didn't matter as I read this. Szereto's Gray gets into some very imaginative scenarios, starting with a run-in with some very famous expatriate American writers in Paris. This chapter is fun. The tale becomes quick a bit darker in the next setting, and the darkness continues as Gray spirals downward into total depravity.

Dorian is a b*stard, but it's a fantastically well-told story. Still, even Dorian Gray has some hope for redemption, and the ending of this novel is very fitting.

In the past I've enjoyed Szereto's signature blend of erotica and humor, so this novel is a definite change of pace from what I'm used to from this author. I like it. It confirms once and for all that Szereto is a well-rounded and talented novelist.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 26 November 2013
By Reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
"Wilde" is a focused burn-through-it read. Szereto masterfully balances memorable characterization, supernatural (often horrific) elements, and a visually and exquisitely realized eroticism, bringing them together in a gripping book that actually had me rooting for Gray's underlying quest for redemption, despite his (emotionally) grotesque debaucheries and eras. This is one of the best erotic-supernatural themed novels that I've read in a long while - and one of the few that may be worth re-reading, not only for pleasure but for pointers on how to write a character-rich, era-seamless tale that not only builds on a classic work but matches Wilde's "Gray" in its excellence.

Worth owning, this.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oscar Wilde Would Applaud 14 February 2014
By Bella Chele - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Like the author, I read Oscar Wilde's classic novel The Picture of Dorian Gray as a precocious child. Also like the author, I picked up on the erotic content so skillfully buried and hinted at in the prose. Later, I read that Mr. Wilde had been forced to edit the story, and I wondered how he would have written had he lived in a different age and had been free to share more of his wildly exuberant intellect and varied proclivities. Reading Mitzi Szereto's Wilde Passions of Dorian Gray, I was pleased to be in the hands of a writer who respected and admired Mr. Wilde and his work as much as I do. I was pleased we live in a time where Dorian Gray's story could come to its logical and more satisfying conclusion. I was delighted every step of the way because, as horrific as some of his actions were to read, they were logical and right. Ms. Szereto pulls no punches, and I applaud her for it. If you're after a sweet romance, look elsewhere. This is the story of a man's slide into his own personal hell, made more awful because it starts out being his idea of heaven on earth and made more beautiful by the lyrical writing that fans of Mr. Wilde's writing will treasure.

The premise is simple. Dorian Gray (he who vowed to live a life of unapologetic decadence and depravity, somehow gaining eternal youth while his portrait aged and decayed) did not die as he had to during Oscar Wilde's time, a time when this final punishment was demanded to offset the rest of the titillating story. Instead, it's explained, his death was faked so he could go on delving ever deeper into his twisted desires. Few things are left out here as Dorian revels in his freedom to be just as bad as he wants to be. Some of it turned me on. Some of it turned my stomach. But, like all truly great erotica, everything contributed to the story, and it all had a purpose. It all fit. Where the original book had the cadence of a carriage ride through the countryside, this one was more like a ride on the Orient Express, a ride where the devil took the wheel a few times.

The settings are lush and varied. Paris. New Orleans. Marrakesh. Peru. Again, this plays into the sense of diving headfirst into something strange and exotic, a foreign place for most of us where anything can happen next, and nothing is off limits. There's a lack of control for the reader that plays into the experiences had by Dorian. And then, Dorian meets creatures even more depraved and soulless than he has become, and the story offers hope as it seems Dorian (who started off in Oscar's tale as such a likable chap, don't forget) might still redeem himself.

I won't give away the ending, but will say that it was perfect. Exactly what needed to happen to this great literary character. Oscar Wilde would raise a glass to Ms. Szereto for penning such a fine continuation to his classic story.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark & Erotic 16 February 2014
By Rhonda Valverde - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Wilde Passions of Dorian Gray is sort of a “what if” continuation of Oscar Wilde’s Pictures of Dorian Gray. Of course some changes and allowances were made, but the result is a dark erotic story that follows Dorian from debauchery to redemption.

I had not read Pictures of Dorian Gray, and did not need to in order to read this book. However, I wish I had. I would have loved to get more of a feel for Dorian, and to know how the character differed from book to book. He is dark, hedonistic, and driven toward all that is depraved. Yet he is physical perfection and charismatic.
Szereto is a truly talented writer. She gave the reader the feel of a classically written novel but with no censorship. She takes you on a journey to such depth you aren’t sure you will return. The reader is with Dorian through every act as though they are a voyeur standing in his space, and at times it is quite disturbing. Szereto is also giving the reader a path into Dorian’s thoughts; the way his mind works is absolutely chilling! As I reached the end of the book I was so engrossed, and when the last page was read I literally gasped! Another feature of the book that I enjoyed was the note from the author. It was fascinating to learn her inspiration for taking this story on.

Szereto presents the reader with a piece of dark erotica with an undertone of the paranormal. This clearly isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you aren’t afraid to spend a little time in the shadows give this one a try.

**Reviewed by Teresa D. for ThatsErotica.com**

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