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New Dubliners: Original Stories Celebrating…

New Dubliners: Original Stories Celebrating 100 Years of Joyce's Dubliners

by Oona Frawley (Editor)

Other authors: Ivy Bannister (Contributor), Maeve Binchy (Contributor), Dermot Bolger (Contributor), Clare Boylan (Contributor), Roddy Doyle (Contributor)6 more, Anthony Glavin (Contributor), Desmond Hogan (Contributor), Bernard MacLaverty (Contributor), Colum McCann (Contributor), Frank McGuinness (Contributor), Joseph O'Connor (Contributor)

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This is a book about how Dubliners view themselves. Published in 2005, this book is now a time capsule in a way that probably was not intended. It aimed to connect the pre-crisis Ireland with its pre-century forebear via Joyce, to highlight similarities and differences between the 'modern' (read 'rich') Ireland of 2005 and its 1905 ('poor') predecessor. Reading it 2012, the whole project appears skewed, almost startling in its innocence of the near future from which it was created, let alone the deep past.

Of course, comparisons with Joyce's literary ability are futile. This is not the work of a single master. What it is, is a solid collection of good stories that all attempt, in some way, to evoke Joyce - either by reference, pastiche or extension. As with all collections of this nature, some stories are more successful than others, but all are entertaining.

The stand out, for me, is 'Martha's Streets' by Dermot Bolger, which is the best explanation by far that I have read of the intimate and subjective appeal of Joyce's 'Ulysses'. ( )
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Bannister, IvyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Binchy, MaeveContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bolger, DermotContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Boylan, ClareContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Doyle, RoddyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Glavin, AnthonyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hogan, DesmondContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
MacLaverty, BernardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McCann, ColumContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McGuinness, FrankContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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It has been 100 years since James Joyce wrote his stories about Dublin. Written in his celebrated style of 'scrupulous meanness', Joyce held up his 'nicely polished looking glass' and preserved in paper his now legendary snapshot of Dublin, 1904. But would Joyce recognise contemporary Dublin?… (more)

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