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Although James Joyce began these stories of Dublin life in 1904, when he was 22, and had completed them by the end of 1907, they remained unpublished until 1914—victims of Edwardian squeamishness. Their vivid, tightly focused observations of the life of Dublin's poorer classes, their unconventional themes, coarse language, and mention of actual people and places made publishers of the day reluctant to undertake sponsorship.
Today, however, the stories are admired for their intense and masterly dissection of "dear dirty Dublin," and for the economy and grace with which Joyce invested this youthful fiction. From "The Sisters," the first story, illuminating a young boy's initial encounter with death, through the final piece, "The Dead," considered a masterpiece of the form, these tales represent, as Joyce himself explained, a chapter in the moral history of Ireland that would give the Irish "one good look at themselves." But in the end the stories are not just about the Irish; they represent moments of revelation common to all people.
Now readers can enjoy all 15 stories in this inexpensive collection, which also functions as an excellent, accessible introduction to the work of one of the 20th century's most influential writers. Dubliners is reprinted here, complete and unabridged, from a standard edition.
Not bad. I really like the writing style/imagery on the micro level. But only one or two of the stories were compelling to me on the macro/big picture level.Published on Oct. 15 2011 by Mark Nenadov
Despite being written almost a hundred years ago, James Joyce's 'Dubliners' is still as fresh as when it was released. Read morePublished on April 7 2004 by A. T. A. Oliveira
When I first started it, honestly, I couldn't stand it. Only until I was able to discuss it with some very learned people was i able to understand in a way that made sense. Read morePublished on Feb. 27 2004 by "chezewizrd"
As a young man, James Joyce abandoned his hometown of Dublin, and yet, he never wrote about any other place. Read morePublished on Oct. 30 2003 by Rocco Dormarunno
Though now more famous for his later, immense, incredibly ambitious novels, James Joyce's early collection of short stories remains a classic - and for good reason. Read morePublished on Aug. 19 2002 by Bill R. Moore
As each of us progresses through life, we all must develop our character through the experiences we have. Read morePublished on March 19 2002 by Janet Witcher
This book is a painless and inexpensive introduction to the works of James Joyce. The stories are much easier to read than the later works of Joyce. Read morePublished on Aug. 28 2001 by Amazon Customer