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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classic (Feb. 1 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141182458
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141182452
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 259 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #319,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Joyce (1882-1941) was born and educated in Dublin. Although he spent most of his adult life outside Ireland, Joyce's psychological and fictional universe is firmly rooted in his native Dublin, the city which provides the settings and much of the subject matter for all his fiction. He is best known for his landmark novel Ulysses (1922) and its controversial successor Finnegans Wake (1939), as well as the short story collection Dubliners (1914) and the semi-autobiographical novel A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916).


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sancho Mahle on July 29 2005
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AP on Aug. 8 2012
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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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What I received did not have the same cover as what I saw online when I was ordering(different edition).
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By Pete on March 15 2015
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Great. I had read a few of the stories on their own previously, but much preferred reading them as a collection.
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Illuminating, Overwhelming - A Masterpiece Dec 2 2005
By Herbert Plummer - Published on Amazon.com
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Joyce's short story collection "Dubliners" transcends the ethos of the genre in its seemingly undramatic quality, its epiphanic climaxes, its focus on the nobodies of dreary Dublin. Indeed, Dublin becomes a microcosm for the world in these stories, and each character representative of mankind, much like Bloom's single-day experience in "Ulysses" is a microcosm of a whole lifetime.

Joyce examines specifically the paralysis of his city at the time, but on a larger scale he exposes the self-enslavement to which all human beings potentially fall subject. His heroes are not victorious, but they have been made aware. The reader is not as engrossed by what is actually happening as he is by how the character feels - and he is profoundly grateful and moved by this. No detail should be overlooked in these stories; each one quietly beholds the whole Universe.

The stories are arranged chronologically, so it is additionally rewarding to read them in order. If you'd rather pick and choose, don't miss "Araby", "Eveline", "A Little Cloud", and "The Dead", the latter being the masterpiece of the collection. Penguin Modern Classics version includes a scholarly introduction and notes on names, dates, places: informative but ancillary - read them after you've finished the stories.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
One of the greatest of all story collections Oct. 27 2005
By Shalom Freedman - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of the greatest of story collections. It does in miniature what 'Ulysses ' will later do in a far more detailed and complete way i.e. give a picture of the life of the people of Dublin as a picture of the life of mankind in general. Its stories are structured thematically and connect with each other in multiple cross- reference. The surface details of each story, beginning with the names of the stories have rich symbolic meaning .

There is in the stories an intense lyricism and music which climax in the title story.

The great Joycean themes of stifling family, church, country are presented here without emphasis on what will be the central Joyce theme in 'Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man' and 'Ulysses ' - the liberating power of Art.

But the liberating power is there within the stories themselves which are deep renderings of the world Joyce has reforged in the smithy of his soul as his own.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
More Than Just a Smattering of Stories Sept. 6 2006
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Joyce's only published collection of short stories feels like a whole work, instead of a smattering of pieces, the idea running throughout the collection that Dubliners (and perhaps humanity) are all looking for adventure of some kind. Whether adventure is finally settling down in life or not wanting to settle down, the adventure is that next unknown and shows itself in different forms throughout the stories.

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Fifteen Bright Gems: Oct. 16 2006
By Galina - Published on Amazon.com
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For many years, I promised myself to read the collection of Joyce's short stories and I finally did it on my 10 hours long flight from Athens to NYC last Saturday. What a fascinating and marvelous work - 15 short stories, 15 bright gems, each is a masterwork with few simply outstanding, "Eveline", "The Boarding House", "Counterparts", "A Painful Case", and "The Dead". "Ulysses" would happen eight years after "Dubliners" were published but with "Dubliners" Joyce proved himself a great writer, a master of psychological prose and an expert of human souls and conditions already. Highly recommended.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Not just "An Original," but "THE Original" Aug. 22 2006
By Brandon Mann - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the old father, the old artificer, of all 20th century short stories. Each story is a gem, and together they tell like a rosary. "The Dead," is by itself a masterpiece which resonates long after you've finished it. Dubliners is Joyce's most accessible work, readable and enjoyable without losing any of its deeper nuances.


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