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Modern Classics Dubliners [Paperback]

James Joyce
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Feb. 1 2000 0141182458 978-0141182452
James Joyce's "Dubliners" is an enthralling collection of modernist short stories which create a vivid picture of the day-to-day experience of Dublin life. This "Penguin Classics" edition includes notes and an introduction by Terence Brown. Joyce's first major work, written when he was only twenty-five, brought his city to the world for the first time. His stories are rooted in the rich detail of Dublin life, portraying ordinary, often defeated lives with unflinching realism. From "The Sisters", a vivid portrait of childhood faith and guilt, to "Araby", a timeless evocation of the inexplicable yearnings of adolescence, to "The Dead", in which Gabriel Conroy is gradually brought to a painful epiphany regarding the nature of his existence, Joyce draws a realistic and memorable cast of Dubliners together in an powerful exploration of overarching themes. Writing of social decline, sexual desire and exploitation, corruption and personal failure, he creates a brilliantly compelling, unique vision of the world and of human experience. James Joyce (1882-1941), the eldest of ten children, was born in Dublin, but exiled himself to Paris at twenty as a rebellion against his upbringing. He only returned to Ireland briefly from the continent but Dublin was at heart of his greatest works, "Ulysses" and "Finnegans Wake". He lived in poverty until the last ten years of his life and was plagued by near blindness and the grief of his daughter's mental illness. If you enjoyed "Dubliners", you might like Joyce's "Ulysses", also available in "Penguin Modern Classics". "Joyce redeems his "Dubliners", assures their identity, and makes their social existence appear permanent and immortal, like the streets they walk". (Tom Paulin). "Joyce's early short stories remain undimmed in their brilliance". ("Sunday Times").

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Starred Review. Frank and Malachy McCourt and 13 Irish actors bring Joyce's short stories to life in this well-produced audiobook. None of the readers employ a thick accent in the narrative portions, but for dialogue they let their imitative talents shine and their Irish lilts bloom. Brendan Coyle and Charles Keating, reading "A Little Cloud" and "Grace" respectively, give such wonderful expression to the idiosyncrasies of every individual voice that the listener is never confused even when numerous men are talking. Joyce wrote only sparingly in actual dialect, but most of the readers interpret his intentions freely and successfully. Fionnula Flanagan is perfect reading "A Mother," her voice shifting easily between prim and proper tones and fiery indignation punctuated with little sighs. It helps that Joyce's writing is so masterful that when Flanagan and the two other actresses read the three stories that revolve around women, their words sound utterly natural. Not all the performances are on the same level—Stephen Rea's cold, somber voice is apt for the meditative beginning and ending sections of the collection's most famous story, "The Dead," but too flat for the central description of a lively party. This audiobook creates the atmosphere of a fireside storytelling session that will hold any listener in rapt attention. (May)
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Joyce's classic has been recorded before, of course, but in this new version, each of the 15 stories will be read by a different person, including writers Frank McCourt, Malachy McCourt, and Patrick McCabe, and actors Ciaran Hinds and Colm Meaney.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A rich book July 29 2005
This is the second James Joyce book I have read and it goes to reinforce the feeling I had after reading the first that that writer is a great storyteller. In fact, I consider
James Joyce's Dubliners as one of the best collection of short stories ever put together. The settings are amazing and the rich and lively characters all combine with the incredible plots to add credence to the stories. Not only are they true to life in fitting with the atmosphere that one finds in Dublin, the stories are also hilarious, subtle, and inspirational and gripping. The pace of the stories is fast and the voices are rich. This is a highly recommended read along with UNION MOUJIK, FINNEGANS WAKE, THE USURPER AND OTHER STORIES,ICE ROAD, DISCIPLES OF FORTUNE
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The title of my review comes from the last paragraph of "The Dead," already mentioned by previous critics as one of the great short stories of English literature. In a way, this line reflects Joyce's collection as a whole: much in the way a newspaper collects concise, level-headed, yet crisp glimpses into the times of a people, his book has tried to achieve a similar feat. 'Dubliners' aims for objectivity that differs slightly from journalism. Quite similar to Hemingway's scientific approach to writing, Joyce has tried to establish an objective approach to fiction that provides minimal judgment of the content, while maximizing the efficacy of its characters, images, and stories.

With the Modernists, literature begins to shift away from the hoity-toity implied authors so popular in the Victorian Era. (Dickens is most famous for this, though I think the words "hoity-toity" are ironic according to his intentions, but right-on in terms of his prose style.) T.S. Eliot was infamous for saying that a writer must banish himself from what he writes. One question I always have is this: can that actually happen? Surely, the very act of writing, where details are selected, ordered, and described has to accord with someone's vision. Perhaps the implied author that readers can picture so clearly from the Victorian Era instead becomes a "ghost author"--or, as Joyce so eloquently puts it in 'A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man": "The artist, like the God of the creation, remains within or behind or beyond or above his handiwork, invisible, refined out of existence, indifferent paring his fingernails." This makes the act of composition one of inevitable consumption, both by the editing process and the reading process.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Liked it so much, I read it again. June 7 2001
Little snippets of life among the Irish working class. I read this book for the first time in my early 20's. Although I enjoyed it then, I liked it even more ten years later. This is one of those books that you appreciate more when you have some life experiences to compare it with.
Good strong believable characters and a subtle writing style that let's you draw your own conclusions.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Poetry as Prose April 6 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a wonderful collection of stories by the unique James Joyce. This book reads like impressionism on paper, painting transcendent watercolors with language. Each story is a portrait of Dublin life, but the Dublin portrayed here could have been any city in the world, full of pain, joy, laughter, sadness, regret, and Humanity. This book is the best place to start with Joyce, because the narrative hasn't developed into the ambiguity found in later works such as Ulysses. For first-timers, Dubliners is the Joycean work that is most friendly and affecting. But it's still miles away from any other author's work (Including JOyce's own).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Huddled by the fire Jan. 5 2004
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James Joyce sketches in a few deft words, the lives of characters who inhabit the homes in Dublin a hundred years ago. There are young people who are trapped by tradition, religion, their own limitations. Adults don't fare much better. But it's all in the telling: the marvellous word choice, the weaving of image, the interplay of characters who are unable to set each other free. Joyce can breathe life into players with a few strokes, letting Polly Mooney seduce as a "perverse Madonna", having Mangan's sister play the strings of a young man's heart as she would a harp. Hope for a brighter future flickers in the final story of the collection, where friends and family gather at the feast, their spirits rise and Ireland reaches out to embrace her wounded.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Different version than the one online May 19 2014
By Ian Lee
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
What I received did not have the same cover as what I saw online when I was ordering(different edition).
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The condition was fine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging Short Stories Feb. 23 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
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. The Dubliners is highly recommended. A couple of these tales even brought a tear to my eye; wonderfully evocative.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Master Storyteller June 28 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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 atmosphere of "dear dirty Dublin" rings true, and the writing is eloquent and disciplined. While his novels (e.g. Ulysses) get more attention, Dubliners may be his best work. Highly recommended.
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Although James Joyce lived outside of his native Ireland for most of his life, his work is as Irish as peat smoke. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars a classic!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Joyce's Classic Early Collection of Stories
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5.0 out of 5 stars Elegant Realism
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1.0 out of 5 stars Complete Rubbish
James Joyce is the most unreadable author to ever have been washed into xistance from the womb of Ireland. Read more
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