"The Dead is one of the twentieth century's most beautiful pieces of short literature. Taking his inspiration from a family gathering held every year on the Feast of the Epiphany, Joyce pens a story about a married couple attending a Christmas-season party at the house of the husband's two elderly aunts. A shocking confession made by the husband's wife toward the end of the story showcases the power of Joyce's greatest innovation: the epiphany, that moment when everything, for character and reader alike, is suddenly clear.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - IsaboeOfLumatere - LibraryThing
I have to say that at first, I didn't think this was the "best work of short fiction ever." But after two weeks (!!) of taking "The Dead" apart, I think I'm in love with Joyce. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - eachurch - LibraryThing
An extraordinary piece of fiction which starts off being about one thing, then turns into a story about something else, but then turns in a completely different story. Joyce does this in a seamless way that makes it seem inevitable. The very end is devastating. Read full review