A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Jun 6, 2006 - Fiction - 288 pages
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"I will not serve that in which I no longer believe, whether it call itself my home, my fatherland or my church: and I will try to express myself in some mode of life or art as freely as I can and as wholly as I can, using for my defence the only arms I allow myself to use -- silence, exile, and cunning."

James Joyce's supremely innovative fictional autobiography is also, in the apt phrase of the biographer Richard Ellmann, nothing less than "the gestation of a soul." For as he describes the shabby, cloying, and sometimes terrifying Dublin upbringing of his alter ego, Stephen Dedalus, Joyce immerses the reader in his emerging consciousness, employing language that ranges from baby talk to hellfire sermon to a triumphant artist's manifesto. The result is a novel of immense boldness, eloquence, and energy, a work that inaugurated a literary revolution and has become a model for the portrayal of the self in our time.

The text of this edition has been newly edited by Hans Walter Gabler and Walter Hettche and is followed by a new afterword, chronology, and bibliography by Richard Brown.
  

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Amazing style and prose, as well as substance. - Goodreads
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Good portrayal of what Catholic indoctrination does. - Goodreads
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It is difficult for me to assign a rating to this book . Although it is in many ways a wonderful book , it is so difficult to follow at times that I can't say I really enjoyed reading it. It is a book that needs to be studied and deserves to undergo an "explication du texte." Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
7
Chapter One
19
Chapter Two
70
Chapter Three
110
Chapter Four
153
Chapter Five
178
Selected Bibliography
254
Copyright

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