The Dead

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Coyote Canyon Press, 2008 - Fiction - 80 pages
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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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And the plot twist at the ending is really cool. - Goodreads
the dead leaves other short story prose for dead - Goodreads
The poetic ending is beautifully done. - Goodreads
The ending could definitely carry the e - Goodreads
I could not get into the writing. - Goodreads
The writing is 'old' and the words are 'heavy'. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Ravi Gangwani - Goodreads

This books put me into entire scene of Waltz playing during ceremony and a feeling to Ireland. Most of the people may claim that THE LAST TWO PAGES were more profound. I would say I felt entire book ... Read full review

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User Review  - Norhan K kamal - Goodreads

I have to admire Joyce for his way with words, for a novella this was very much rich in details, descriptions and symbolism. He managed in a few pages to have me see the whole scene in front of me ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

James Joyce was born on February 2, 1882, in Dublin, Ireland, into a large Catholic family. Joyce was a very good pupil, studying poetics, languages, and philosophy at Clongowes Wood College, Belvedere College, and the Royal University in Dublin. Joyce taught school in Dalkey, Ireland, before marrying in 1904. Joyce lived in Zurich and Triest, teaching languages at Berlitz schools, and then settled in Paris in 1920 where he figured prominently in the Parisian literary scene, as witnessed by Ernest Hemingway's A Moveable Feast. Joyce's collection of fine short stories, Dubliners, was published in 1914, to critical acclaim. Joyce's major works include A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Ulysses, Finnegans Wake, and Stephen Hero. Ulysses, published in 1922, is considered one of the greatest English novels of the 20th century. The book simply chronicles one day in the fictional life of Leopold Bloom, but it introduces stream of consciousness as a literary method and broaches many subjects controversial to its day. As avant-garde as Ulysses was, Finnegans Wake is even more challenging to the reader as an important modernist work. Joyce died just two years after its publication, in 1941.

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