Dubliners Hardcover – Sep 26 1991
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Good strong believable characters and a subtle writing style that let's you draw your own conclusions.
Each story in Dubliners contains gorgeously descriptive passages and words that dance across the pages. Though the themes may be dismal and the people Joyce writes of often come up empty-handed, the reader will likely find an underlying optimism that hardship builds strength and hope will prevail.
Interestingly, Dubliners barely came to print. Years of controversy hindered the 1914 release of the book, as many publishers regarded the stories as immoral and risque. Fortunately the public embraced it, and today we should all be required to read this enduring work by one of Ireland's finest, Mr. James Joyce.
"Dubliners" stands as one of the Ur-texts of modernism, a startlingly original collection of stories set in turn-of-the-century Dublin that began the Joycean literary project. That project subsequently moved through the increasingly difficult, and characteristically modernist, iterations of "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man," "Ulysses" and "Finnegan's Wake." Like those succeeding texts, the interested reader can find thousands of pages of commentary on "Dubliners," the study of Joyce's works being akin to a Talmudic undertaking, an undertaking that can, if one chooses, occupy an entire life.
Joyce once commented that the stories of "Dubliners" constitute a "chapter of moral history" that represents the "first step towards the spiritual liberation of [Ireland]." He also said, "I call the series 'Dubliners' to betray the soul of that hemiplegia or paralysis which many consider a city.Read more ›
I can't imagine how anyone who likes to read and has lived among other human beings could not appreciate at least a few of the stories. For me, they're life affirming in a deeper way than any religion could be. And that's what Joyce intended. He wanted us to stop looking for redemption in some vague nether region and look as closely as we can manage at the life right here in front of our eyes. Joyce asks that we look at ourselves and see, really see, what we are, because only then can we get beyond all the fear, vanity, and self-delusion.
All the great myths weren't handed down from on high; they came from us. We have all the power. It's just a matter of using it, which is exactly what the Dubliners, and a pretty high percentage of the human race, now and forever, have not done.
There are a few stories in Dubliners that don't quite measure up, but the majority rank among the best ever written. I don't know of any literature more perfect than Araby and The Dead.
Most recent customer reviews
I love this book, but the edition feels cheap. The paper is not good to write on and the spine is easy to break. I recommend the Viking Critical Library edition. Read morePublished 8 months ago by ok
James Joyce's short stories render turn of the century Dublin and Dubliners for readers who want to ease into the work of the guy who wrote Ulysses. Read morePublished on Feb. 23 2013 by J. A. I.
Although James Joyce lived outside of his native Ireland for most of his life, his work is as Irish as peat smoke. Read morePublished on Nov. 28 2008 by Linda Bulger
James Joyce's Dubliners is one of the best collection of short stories ever penned. The characters are memorable, the plots are subtle, gripping and frequently ironic, the... Read morePublished on June 28 2004 by David James Trapp
James Joyce sketches in a few deft words, the lives of characters who inhabit the homes in Dublin a hundred years ago. Read morePublished on Jan. 5 2004
I am not a fan of James Joyce but how can you not read this collection of short stories about ordinary everyday people living in Dublin circa 1904. Read morePublished on Nov. 11 2003 by girldiver
James Joyce's The Dubliners is 15 short stories about various people of different ages and backgrounds in Dublin, all of whom are experiencing some sort of emotional paralysis. Read morePublished on May 17 2002 by momazon
James Joyce is the most unreadable author to ever have been washed into xistance from the womb of Ireland. Read morePublished on Jan. 25 2002 by C. H. Ratliff
perhaps you enjoy reading James Joyce. that being the case, ignore what i am about to say lest you take offense...
James Joyce is the biggest joke. Read more