Dubliners

Dubliners

Book - 1993
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Random House, Inc.
Dubliners was completed in 1905, but a series of British and Irish publishers and printers found it offensive and immoral, and it was suppressed.  The book finally came out in London in 1914, just as Joyce's Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man began to appear in the journal Egoist under the auspices of Ezra Pound.  The first three stories in Dubliners might be incidents from a draft of Portrait of the Artist, and many of the characters who figure in Ulysses have their first appearance here, but this is not a book of interest only because of its relationship to Joyce's life and mature work.  It is one of the greatest story collections in the English language--an unflinching, brilliant, often tragic portrait of early twentieth-century Dublin.  The book, which begins and ends with a death, moves from "stories of my childhood" through tales of public life.  Its larger purpose, Joyce said, was as a moral history of Ireland.

Baker & Taylor
Fifteen stories evoke the character, atmosphere, and people of Dublin at the turn of the century

Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 1993
Edition: Modern Library ed
ISBN: 9780679600497
0679600493
Branch Call Number: F JOY
Characteristics: xv, 286 p. ; 20 cm

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trcookIIImddmd
Oct 01, 2016

This set of stories is odd, to say the least; but, the author is Irish; so, guess that explains it. Some of the tales are interesting in their uniqueness, and others are simply boring.

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jannylegs
Jul 16, 2016

Read this in college and the story Araby stayed with me for years because of the character seeing himself as a "creature driven and derided by vanity." Didn't pack as much punch for me when I read it this time.

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MCinnamon
Mar 27, 2013

These may be well written short stories, there is no denying that, but I can not get past the way James Joyce characterized the Irish people. He depicts them as drunks, liars, thieves, child beaters, and lost in the present to old heroes long past. I thought I would get something of Ireland in the writing but was disappointed. The world may put Joyce on a pedistool for his works but the Irish have disowned him like he disowned them.

lennonof Feb 05, 2013

Well written short stories that are slices of dull lives.

theorbys Dec 12, 2012

5 stars but not as a rating or judgment, Dubliners is an influential masterpiece of world literature, one of the greatest collections of short stories ever. Read it.

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smilegirl24
Jun 19, 2012

Various portraits of lives in Dublin. The perspective given by the short tales and detailed descriptions encompasses the environment of a city and time. My personal favorite "snapshot" was Eveline.

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flametongue
Apr 02, 2012

james joyce is number 1 short story writer(in time magazine) you should definately read this

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cuthberb
Jun 07, 2011

A snap shot of Dublin at the beginnning of the 20th century. Charming and bleak. The stories within broke my heart over and over again; Joyce writes stories of people from a day gone by with all their faults and broken dreams.

ParkRidgeRS Apr 15, 2011

Our book discussion participants described the book with such terms as dismal, gloomy, and depressing. Others said that they enjoyed the descriptive writing and engaging storytelling about “defeated souls.” Our discussion also found the most enjoyable features of the book to be Joyce's style of creating picturesque settings and timeless snippets of everyday life, which are still relatable to today’s readers. Overall, the novel was ranked as a 4.25 on a 5 point scale.

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aiireland
Mar 25, 2014

Mr Duffy lived a short distance from his body.

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smilegirl24
Jul 12, 2012

She stood among the swaying crowd in the station at the North Wall. He held her hand and she knew that he was speaking to her, saying something about the passage over and over again. The station was full of soldiers with brown baggages. Through the wide doors of the sheds she caught a glimpse of the black mass of the boat, lying in beside the quay wall, with illumined portholes. She answered nothing. She felt her cheek pale and cold and, out of a maze of distress, she prayed to God to direct her, to show her what was her duty.

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smilegirl24
Jul 12, 2012

James Joyce presents many short stories of the people of Dublin. The stories deal with the pressing issues of the time, and the writing is in the stream-of-consciousness style.

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