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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (original 1916; edition 1974)

by James Joyce

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Title:A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Authors:James Joyce
Info:The Viking Press (1974), paperback
Collections:Your library
Tags:fiction, semi-autobiography, 1910s, Ireland, Paris, mythology, religion,

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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce (1916)

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A portrait differs from an autobiography in that it is a subjective impression of the character from a certain point of view, and distorted to some degree through the use of a specific style. Whereas biography is more objective.
Though the work is predominantly autobiographical in its source material, it is more a self portrait in its presentation, dressed up as a novel on the childhood and young adulthood of "Stephen Daedalus" who later takes a role in Joyce's Ulysses.
Two things make this book interesting: the style in which it is written, and the subject matter. Though far more accessible and plainly-written than either Ulysses, or the even more formiddable Finnegan's wake, there are embryonic hints here of his characteristic style that would develop more fully in his later works.
Joyce had an atypical childhood both from the modern viewpoint, and to a lesser degree for his time. He was initially educated in a Jesuit college in Ireland, before moving to another one due to his father's financial difficulties.This education seemed to encourage his propensity toward a religious disposition, which he showed for many of his earlier years, before a lapse into temptation and "pleasures of the flesh". Toward the end of the book he goes on to think about aesthetic theory, inspiring discussion with his peers at university.
This would be a good introduction to reading Joyce, both because it gives the reader an understanding of Joyce's experiences, and because it is less challenging than his later works. ( )
  P_S_Patrick | Aug 23, 2015 |
This was a bleak book. I can appreciate a bleak book if I can find some way to connect with it, but that wasn't the case here, and I am not sure why. The poverty was horrid- nobody should have to live being bitten by lice. It is also horrid to imagine that the lectures from the priest are really taught to children- that they are taught to see hell as so real a possibility at their age and that being damned should be so based on failing to seek forgiveness for some small childhood sin. As in many other books about growing up in poverty, the parents are absent in relation to the guidance of their children and there really is no place to get reliable life advice. There was such a persistent feeling of loneliness throughout the whole book, and even though Stephen leaves, there doesn't seem to be any hope that his life will improve. Most of the philosophical references seemed to me to be distractions from loneliness rather than deep thought. It is unclear who specifically would enjoy this book- perhaps devotees of stream-of-consciousness techniques. ( )
1 vote karmiel | Aug 12, 2015 |
Required reading, college. I have no interest in stream of consciousness writing. It drives me mad. ( )
1 vote engpunk77 | Aug 10, 2015 |
Awful, awful, awful. I've read some classics in my time - but this terrible book should not qualify as a classic. A story not worth reading.
  KerryD1971 | Aug 7, 2015 |
high school required ( )
  joeydag | Jul 23, 2015 |
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"Øynene hennes hadde kalt på ham, og sjelen hans hadde sprunget henne i møte. Å leve, å feile, å falle, å seire, å gjenskape liv av liv! En vill engel hadde vist seg for ham, ungdommens og skjønnhetens - forgjengelighetens engel, et sendebud fra livets fagre hoff som var kommet for i et øyeblikk av ekstase å åpne for ham porten inn til all verdens synd og herlighet. Videre og videre ... "

Stephen Dedalus er et portrett av James Joyce som ung mann. Historien om Stephen Dedalus ble påbegynt i 1904, først påtenkt som novelle under tittelen Stephen Hero, etter hvert utviklet til en roman. Deler ble først trykt i tidsskrifter; hele boken utkom i USA i 1916, i England året etter.
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"Et ignotas animum dimittit in artes." ~ ovid, metamorphoses VIII, 188
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Once upon a time and a very good time it was there was a moocow coming down along the road and this moocow that was down along the road met a nicens little boy named baby tuckoo....
Sometimes a fever gathered within him and led him to rove alone in the evening along the quiet avenue. The peace of the gardens and the kindly lights in the windows poured a tender influence into his restless heart. The noise of children at play annoyed him and their silly voices made him feel, even more keenly than he had felt at Clongowes, that he was different from others. He did not want to play. He wanted to meet in the real world the unsubstantial image which his soul so constantly beheld. He did not know where to seek it or how, but a premonition which led him on told him that this image would, without any overt act of his, encounter him. They would meet quietly as if they had known each other and had made their tryst, perhaps at one of the gates or in some more secret place. They would be alone, surrounded by darkness and silence: and in that moment of supreme tenderness he would be transfigured.
O! In the virgin womb of the imagination the word was made flesh. Gabriel the seraph had come to the virgin's chamber. An afterglow deepened within his spirit, whence the white flame had passed, deepening to a rose and ardent light.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0142437344, Paperback)

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man portrays Stephen Dedalus’s Dublin childhood and youth, providing an oblique self-portrait of the young James Joyce. At its center are questions of origin and source, authority and authorship, and the relationship of an artist to his family, culture, and race. Exuberantly inventive, this coming-of-age story is a tour de force of style and technique.

@Bildungsroman I’m in college. Cool. But I live at home with mom. That doesn’t make me a tool, does it?

Nah, I’m totally cool. Look, I’ve got this cool tweed hat. Yeah, I’m cool. Totally.

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The chronicle of Stephen Dedalus's Dublin childhood and young offers an oblique self-portrait of the young James Joyce. Exuberantly inventive, this coming-of-age story is a tour de force of style and technique.

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