Dubliners by James Joyce

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Mundus Publishing, 1926 - Domestic fiction - 255 pages
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 Each of the beautifully written short stories in this collection precisely details a brief scene in the life of a resident of Dublin at the turn of the 20th century. Although the characters do not know each other, their experiences unfold along the same streets and often overlap thematically. Their tragedies mirror that of Ireland, a country struggling for political identity and held back, in Joyce's view, by rigid religious ideas and adherence to tradition. Joyce's great skill at dialect offers a sense of the city's complex social structure, while themes of isolation, emotional paralysis, violence, regret, and death run throughout the collection and link all of the stories.


This edition contains extensive overviews of both the author and the collection of short stories.

 

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Dark, dreary, almost unbearably hard to read. - Goodreads
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some of the stories were brilliant, they would make me stop and think and feel something that just wasn't there before. But then there were those that didn't quite get to me. It is fantastic writing though. Read full review

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The prose is a bit shockingly straightforward and restrained considering it's Joyce. A handful of the stories wouldn't stand on their own but that's alright because altogether they form a coherent ... Read full review

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 James Augustine Aloysius Joyce (2 February 1882 – 13 January 1941) was an Irish expatriate author of the 20th century. He is best known for his landmark novel Ulysses (1922) and its controversial successor Finnegans Wake (1939), as well as the short story collection Dubliners (1914) and the semi-autobiographical novel A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916).


Although he spent most of his adult life outside Ireland, Joyce's psychological and fictional universe is firmly rooted in his native Dublin, the city which provides the settings and much of the subject matter for all his fiction. In particular, his tempestuous early relationship with the Irish Roman Catholic Church is reflected through a similar inner conflict in his recurrent alter ego Stephen Dedalus. As the result of his minute attentiveness to a personal locale and his self-imposed exile and influence throughout Europe, notably in Paris, Joyce became paradoxically one of the most cosmopolitan yet one of the most regionally focused of all the English language writers of his time.

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