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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Naxos Audio Books; Abridged edition edition (Sept. 4 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9626340703
  • ISBN-13: 978-9626340707
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 14.4 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,991,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Joyce’s work is not about the thing—it is the thing itself.”—Samuel Beckett

“Admirable.”—Jorge Luis Borges

 



“Joyce’s work is not about the thing—it is the thing itself.”—Samuel Beckett
 
“Admirable.”—Jorge Luis Borges --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Perhaps Joyce's most personal work, A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man depicts the intellectual awakening of one of literature's most memorable young heroes, Stephen Dedalus. Through a series of brilliant epiphanies that parallel the development of his own aesthetic consciousness, Joyce evokes Stephen's youth, from his impressionable years as the youngest student at the Clongowed Wood school to the deep religious conflict he experiences at a day school in Dublin, and finally to his college studies where he challenges the conventions of his upbringing and his understanding of faith and intellectual freedom. James Joyce's highly autobiographical novel was first published in the United States in 1916 to immediate acclaim. Ezra Pound accurately predicted that Joyce's book would "remain a permanent part of English literature," while H.G. Wells dubbed it "by far the most important living and convincing picture that exists of an Irish Catholic upbringing." A remarkably rich study of a developing young mind, A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man made an indelible mark on literature and confirmed Joyce's reputation as one of the world's greatest and lasting writers. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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If you're new to Joyce, this would the the book to start with. I definitely wouldn't start with Ulysses as that will put you off with its stream of consciousness. "Portrait" is much more user-friendly and easy to read. This novel is one of the greatest works in the English language. It is not only beautifully written but it can carry a different meaning for people at different stages of their life. Young high school students will find some themes very interesting while a man of 40 can draw new pleasure from reading it a second time. For those interested in Joyce's work, this is a good place to start, for it is easier than his other novels. This is not to say that it is an overly easy book to understand. Anyone who has read The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner knows that the stream of conscienceness style of writing can at times stifle reading comprehension but for the most part give a unique, exciting view of a character. Overall, though, this is an excellent novel and worthy of anyone's effort. As I said, this is a good place to start if you're looking for a Joyce induction. Would also recommend the novels "O Pioneers!" by Willa Cather and the Vonnegut book titled "Cat's Cradle"--these are something different as I don't like reading the same thing over na over.
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By Brandon Annette on July 2 2004
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Sure its pretentious, frustrating, difficult, etc., but it is also such a rewarding read. Boring sections like chapter 3 with the church sermon set up excellent ones, such as the end of Chapter 4, with Stephen's epiphany, which I must say is the most beautiful, glorious thing I have ever read. the emotion and symbolism (such as Stephen Dedalus taking flight from society much like his Greek namesake Daedalus did from an island) is simply overwhelming. I had to read this for a college english class (as well as write an essay on it) but i still enjoyed it. the stream of conciousness style may be too difficult and odd for some but i found a nice break from other literature, which is more than i can say for the similar novel To the Lighthouse by Woolf (also extremely good stylistically, but much less interesting). brilliant, but not a good introduction to joyce for those still in high school or not used to reading challenging literature. I would recommend "The Dead" to try him out first.
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Unless you are a genius, you will not really enjoy this book with only one reading. Everything about this book is right, especially its literary structure. Joyce took about ten years writing it. At one point, it was a much longer book, but he chiseled it down to this jewel.
After my first reading, I felt a sense of accomplishment. But I knew there was more in the book than I got out of it. It was like Joyce dared me to reread it. My second reading was pure joy because I was able to grasp so much more of the book's structure than the first time around. He writes in stream-of-conscious, and understanding that is the real challenge. Events and creative language may appear random at first, but after looking at the novel's 'big picture,' you can see order.
The plot revolves around Stephen Daedalus' (James Joyce) coming of age, both as a young man and as an artist. Daedalus' personality and values contrast that of his Ireland, family, religion, etc. This is an auto-biography with plenty of artistic license. 'Stephen' was Christianity's first martyr. Daedalus was the creative genius in Greek mythology who made the Minotaur, the labyrinth, and Icarus' waxen wings. These types of detail pervade the novel. Take nothing for granted as you read.
This Penguin copy ISBN# 0451525442 has an excellent introduction. Do not start without reading an intro first. You will miss out.
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By A Customer on July 2 2003
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I am uncertain what all of the fuss is about. This was my first Joyce, and the only reason that I attempted to read _Ulysses_(which I did not finish) after I had finished this book, was because I thought that not that many people could be wrong about James Joyce's brilliance. Well, in my humble opinion, I think that they are wrong. Joyce was enthralled with his brilliance; his arcane references force one to constantly be flipping back and forth between notes and the novel itself. There are times in the novel where Joyce seems to hit an idea right on the money, but those times are few and far between. Never again will I pick up a Joyce novel for pleasure, it will be done only if I am forced to in a class. The reason that I am giving this book 2 stars instead of only 1, is because I was able to stomach it for the duration of the novel, unlike the aforementioned _Ulysses_. This book was of no use to me; the only purpose that it will serve in my life is that I am now able to say I have read some Joyce.
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I am uncertain what all of the fuss is about. This was my first Joyce, and the only reason that I attempted to read _Ulysses_(which I did not finish) after I had finished this book, was because I thought that not that many people could be wrong about James Joyce's brilliance. Well, in my humble opinion, I think that they are wrong. Joyce was enthralled with his brilliance; his arcane references force one to constantly be flipping back and forth between notes and the novel itself. There are times in the novel where Joyce seems to hit an idea right on the money, but those times are few and far between. Never again will I pick up a Joyce novel for pleasure, it will be done only if I am forced to in a class. The reason that I am giving this book 2 stars instead of only 1, is because I was able to stomach it for the duration of the novel, unlike the aforementioned _Ulysses_. This book was of no use to me; the only purpose that it will serve in my life is that I am now able to say I have read some Joyce.
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