Dubliners

Dubliners

eBook - 2012
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Although James Joyce began these stories of Dublin life in 1904, when he was 22, and had completed them by the end of 1907, they remained unpublished until 1914 - victims of Edwardian squeamishness. Their vivid, tightly focused observations of the life of Dublin's poorer classes, their unconventional themes, coarse language, and mention of actual people and places made publishers of the day reluctant to undertake sponsorship. Today, however, the stories are admired for their intense and masterly dissection of "dear dirty Dublin," and for the economy and grace with which Joyce invested this youthful fiction. From "The Sisters," the first story, illuminating a young boy's initial encounter with death, through the final piece, "The Dead," considered a masterpiece of the form, these tales represent, as Joyce himself explained, a chapter in the moral history of Ireland that would give the Irish "one good look at themselves." But in the end the stories are not just about the Irish; they represent moments of revelation common to all people. Now readers can enjoy all 15 stories in this inexpensive collection, which also functions as an excellent, accessible introduction to the work of one of the 20th century's most influential writers. Dubliners is reprinted here, complete and unabridged, from a standard edition.
Publisher: [United States] : Dover Publications : Made available through hoopla, 2012
ISBN: 9780486159478
0486159477
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital

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trcookIIImddmd
Oct 01, 2016

This set of stories is odd, to say the least; but, the author is Irish; so, guess that explains it. Some of the tales are interesting in their uniqueness, and others are simply boring.

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jannylegs
Jul 16, 2016

Read this in college and the story Araby stayed with me for years because of the character seeing himself as a "creature driven and derided by vanity." Didn't pack as much punch for me when I read it this time.

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MCinnamon
Mar 27, 2013

These may be well written short stories, there is no denying that, but I can not get past the way James Joyce characterized the Irish people. He depicts them as drunks, liars, thieves, child beaters, and lost in the present to old heroes long past. I thought I would get something of Ireland in the writing but was disappointed. The world may put Joyce on a pedistool for his works but the Irish have disowned him like he disowned them.

lennonof Feb 05, 2013

Well written short stories that are slices of dull lives.

theorbys Dec 12, 2012

5 stars but not as a rating or judgment, Dubliners is an influential masterpiece of world literature, one of the greatest collections of short stories ever. Read it.

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smilegirl24
Jun 19, 2012

Various portraits of lives in Dublin. The perspective given by the short tales and detailed descriptions encompasses the environment of a city and time. My personal favorite "snapshot" was Eveline.

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flametongue
Apr 02, 2012

james joyce is number 1 short story writer(in time magazine) you should definately read this

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cuthberb
Jun 07, 2011

A snap shot of Dublin at the beginnning of the 20th century. Charming and bleak. The stories within broke my heart over and over again; Joyce writes stories of people from a day gone by with all their faults and broken dreams.

ParkRidgeRS Apr 15, 2011

Our book discussion participants described the book with such terms as dismal, gloomy, and depressing. Others said that they enjoyed the descriptive writing and engaging storytelling about “defeated souls.” Our discussion also found the most enjoyable features of the book to be Joyce's style of creating picturesque settings and timeless snippets of everyday life, which are still relatable to today’s readers. Overall, the novel was ranked as a 4.25 on a 5 point scale.

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aiireland
Mar 25, 2014

Mr Duffy lived a short distance from his body.

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smilegirl24
Jul 12, 2012

She stood among the swaying crowd in the station at the North Wall. He held her hand and she knew that he was speaking to her, saying something about the passage over and over again. The station was full of soldiers with brown baggages. Through the wide doors of the sheds she caught a glimpse of the black mass of the boat, lying in beside the quay wall, with illumined portholes. She answered nothing. She felt her cheek pale and cold and, out of a maze of distress, she prayed to God to direct her, to show her what was her duty.

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smilegirl24
Jul 12, 2012

James Joyce presents many short stories of the people of Dublin. The stories deal with the pressing issues of the time, and the writing is in the stream-of-consciousness style.

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