Dubliners

Dubliners

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James Joyce's Dubliners is an enthralling collection of modernist short stories which create a vivid picture of the day-to-day experience of Dublin life. This Penguin Classics edition includes notes and an introduction by Terence Brown. Joyce's first major work, written when he was only twenty-five, brought his city to the world for the first time. His stories are rooted in the rich detail of Dublin life, portraying ordinary, often defeated lives with unflinching realism. From 'The Sisters', a vivid portrait of childhood faith and guilt, to 'Araby', a timeless evocation of the inexplicable yearnings of adolescence, to 'The Dead', in which Gabriel Conroy is gradually brought to a painful epiphany regarding the nature of his existence, Joyce draws a realistic and memorable cast of Dubliners together in an powerful exploration of overarching themes. Writing of social decline, sexual desire and exploitation, corruption and personal failure, he creates a brilliantly compelling, unique vision of the world and of human experience. James Joyce (1882-1941), the eldest of ten children, was born in Dublin, but exiled himself to Paris at twenty as a rebellion against his upbringing. He only returned to Ireland briefly from the continent but Dublin was at heart of his greatest works, Ulysses and Finnegans Wake. He lived in poverty until the last ten years of his life and was plagued by near blindness and the grief of his daughter's mental illness. If you enjoyed Dubliners, you might like Joyce's Ulysses, also available in Penguin Modern Classics. 'Joyce redeems his Dubliners, assures their identity, and makes their social existence appear permanent and immortal, like the streets they walk' Tom Paulin 'Joyce's early short stories remain undimmed in their brilliance' Sunday Times

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James Joyce's Dubliners is an enthralling collection of modernist short stories which create a vivid picture of the day-to-day experience of Dublin life. This Penguin Classics edition includes notes and an introduction by Terence Brown.

Joyce's first major work, written when he was only twenty-five, brought his city to the world for the first time. His stories are rooted in the rich detail of Dublin life, portraying ordinary, often defeated lives with unflinching realism. From 'The Sisters', a vivid portrait of childhood faith and guilt, to 'Araby', a timeless evocation of the inexplicable yearnings of adolescence, to 'The Dead', in which Gabriel Conroy is gradually brought to a painful epiphany regarding the nature of his existence, Joyce draws a realistic and memorable cast of Dubliners together in an powerful exploration of overarching themes. Writing of social decline, sexual desire and exploitation, corruption and personal failure, he creates a brilliantly compelling, unique vision of the world and of human experience.

James Joyce (1882-1941), the eldest of ten children, was born in Dublin, but exiled himself to Paris at twenty as a rebellion against his upbringing. He only returned to Ireland briefly from the continent but Dublin was at heart of his greatest works, Ulysses and Finnegans Wake. He lived in poverty until the last ten years of his life and was plagued by near blindness and the grief of his daughter's mental illness.

If you enjoyed Dubliners, you might like Joyce's Ulysses, also available in Penguin Modern Classics.

'Joyce redeems his Dubliners, assures their identity, and makes their social existence appear permanent and immortal, like the streets they walk'
Tom Paulin

'Joyce's early short stories remain undimmed in their brilliance'
Sunday Times



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A collection of modernist short stories which create a picture of the day-to-day experience of Dublin life. The author stories are rooted in the rich detail of Dublin life, portraying ordinary, often defeated lives with unflinching realism.

Publisher: London : Penguin Books, 2000
ISBN: 9780141182452
Branch Call Number: JOY
JOY
Characteristics: xlviii, 316 p. ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Brown, Terence

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mighty_mom
Jun 12, 2018

Great short stories. Yes, they can be sad, but there is a certain beauty in sadness, too. Esp. liked the last story, 'Death' ('The Dead'?). I read the Penguin Books edition, which had VERY helpful footnotes. Joyce is hard to follow otherwise. Five stars.

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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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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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