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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If you do not recognize the beauty of this supreme work of fiction, than I do not think you have read enough to fully appreciate the beauty or complexity of Joyce's work on the whole, or this masterpiece in particular. James Joyce has few peers with regard to writing about place, is gifted at characterization, and is masterful in developing mood and employing the stream of consciousness technique. "The Dead" is a great achievement in the short story form, commenting on family, manners, culture, love, intimacy, and the impact of the dead upon the living. I was humbled by this story the first time I read it, and have come to appreciate its beauty more and more with each successive reading.
Review: The DeadUser Review - Maggie Dijkstra - Goodreads
james joyce just doesn't seem to do it for me; doesn't capture my interest; a well written story, of course; but i just don't seem to care. Read full review