Dubliners

Dubliners

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First published in 1914, Dubliners depicts middle-class Catholic life in Dublin at the start of the twentieth century. Themes within the stories include the disappointments of childhood, the frustrations of adolescence, and the importance of sexual awakening. Joyce was twenty-five years old when he wrote this collection of short stories, among which 'The Dead' is probably the most famous. Considered at the time as a literary experiment, Dubliners contains moments of joy, fear, grief, love and loss, which combine to form one of the most complete depictions of a city ever written, and the stories remain as refreshingly original and surprising in this century as they did in the last.With an afterword by Peter Harness.Designed to appeal to the booklover, Macmillan Collector's Library is a series of beautifully bound hardback gift editions of much loved classic titles. Bound in real cloth, printed on high quality paper, and featuring ribbon markers and gilt edges, Macmillan Collector's Library are books to love and treasure.

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ArapahoeRead Aug 18, 2017

This story collection is a good introduction to James Joyce. It's not as dense as "Ulysses" and I found it more enjoyable than "A Portrait of the Artist As A Young Man." Some of my favorite stories are "The Dead," "Araby," and "Eveline."

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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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