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Dubliners by James Joyce

Dubliners (original 1914; edition 1991)

by James Joyce

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Published in 1914 after 10 years of argument with publishers over charges of "obscenity," these stories were once described by Joyce as "a chapter in the moral history of my country." Their collection in one volume offers a unified vision across the Joycean literary landscape, where a claustrophobic and "paralyzed" Dublin spirals outward to a wide ranging, boundless universe.… (more)
Authors:James Joyce
Info:Signet Classics (1991), Edition: Reprint, Paperback
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Tags:Dublin, Ireland, love, longing, despair, collection, short stories, classic, reprint

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Dubliners by James Joyce (1914)


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I once got robbed in Dublin. It doesn't seem that much has changed. This is the first Joyce that I successfully slogged through. Bleak. Despairing. Half the characters are drunk and beating their families and the other half are wallowing in misery. Not recommended unless you are suicidally depressed and are looking for something to push you over the edge. ( )
1 vote varielle | Nov 5, 2019 |
Sure, this collection was written by none other than James Joyce, but let's be perfectly honest: this book encapsulates what Thoreu was talking about when he stated the obvious: "the mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation." After finishing this collection of failed lives, broken dreams, religious superstition, alcoholic excess, harsh memories, heartbreak, double-dealing, etc, I am going to need lots of ice cream to cleanse my palate of from the taste of a 'why even bother' mentality. And to think that my Irish grandmother was living in these very streets as this book was written! No wonder she left! Despair at its most relentless; as one character notes, "I saw myself as a creature driven and derided by vanity; and my eyes burned with anguish and anger." And he was one of the lucky ones! ( )
  larryking1 | Aug 25, 2019 |
Joyce paints a vivid picture with his words in this book. It is a collection of vignettes describing life in Dublin at the turn of the 20th century. From the souse that works at an office of some kind to the man that had a fling with a girl and got her pregnant, this book is a veritable slice of life for that period of time. Or so I am told. I did enjoy the book quite a bit, despite how long it took to finish. One can almost see Dublin as Joyce saw it.

I have also heard it was held back from publication for indecency or something, so I was looking for that too, but I didn't really find it at all. If I do more research I know I would find out but I am not really sure that I care all that much.

Hmm... Well, in any case, this is a great book. The characters aren't really memorable in terms of their names, but I do remember their descriptions and whatnot. ( )
  Floyd3345 | Jun 15, 2019 |
Dubliners is a collection of vignettes about everyday people living in Dublin, Ireland. In the beginning I did not like the stories because as soon as I was getting into a story it would end abruptly. But as I continued reading I realized that this was because my expectation was short stories that would stand on their own and that is not what this book was. Once I began looking at the novel as a whole rather than treating each story as separate, I really began to appreciate and enjoy the book. The writing was beautiful and the characters really came alive and were very real and true to life. Joyce managed to give us glimpses of all the aspects of life in Dublin, from children to the elderly, covering religion, school, marriage, death, family relations, and the simple day to day. This book as given me the courage to one day attempt to read Ulysses. ( )
1 vote Cora-R | May 22, 2019 |
A reread of Dubliners, which I haven't read in half a century. A first read of the Norton Critical Edition with its supplementary materials. Dubliners could get 5***** on its own, but the supplementary materials in this NCE are absolutely superb, even better than the usually excellent NCE material. Especially good were Howard Ehrlich's " 'Araby' in Context: The 'Splendid Bazaar,' Irish Orientalism, and James Clarence Mangan" and Victor Cheng's "Empire and Patriarchy in 'The Dead'." ( )
  CurrerBell | Mar 4, 2019 |
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Joyce, Jamesprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brown, TerenceEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cabrera Infante, GuillermoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cancogni, FrancaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Clarke, J. J.Photographersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Colum, PadraicIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Davidson, FrederickNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Doyle, GerardNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ellmann, RichardEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fleckhaus, WillyCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hynes, TadhgNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jacques, RobinIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Johnson, JeriEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McCallion, DavidNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McKenna, T. P.Narratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Norton, JimNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
O'Brien, GerryNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Reichert, KlausEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Scholes, Robert E.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Senn, FritzEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The Sisters

There was no hope for him this time: it was the third stroke.
An encounter: It was Joe Dillon who introduced the Wild West to us.
Araby: North Richmond Street, being blind, was a quiet street except at the hour when the Christian Brothers' School set the boys free.
Eveline: She sat at the window watching the evening invade the avenue.
After the race: The cars came scudding in towards Dublin, running evenly like pellets in the groove of the Naas Road.
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Traversando il Grattan Bridge abbassò gli occhi con compatimento sulla fila dei miseri aborti di case lungo le rive del fiume. Gli apparivano come un branco di vagabondi ammucchiati gli uni addosso agli altri sulla banchina, coi vecchi pastrani fuligginosi e infangati; vagabondi stupefatti dal panorama del tramonto, che attendessero il primo freddo notturno per alzarsi, riscuotersi e partire.
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This Signet Classic paperback was based on the 1968 revised edition of the 1958 Viking Compass edition of 'Dubliners' prepared by Robert Scholes and published by Penguin Books. By 2010, and with fairly good care, there should be only minor yellow to the edges. The cover holds up well. The print is easy to read, and any typographic errors are probably buried in Joyce's style.
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