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It took Joyce nine difficult years to get this now-classic collection of short stories published, at last, in 1914. They show Irish middle class life in and around Dublin in the early years of the twentieth century.
Each tale includes an epiphany: a moment (often understated) where a character experiences self-understanding or illumination. Many of these characters would later appear in minor roles in Joyce's novel Ulysses.
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Dubliners (THE GREAT CLASSICS LIBRARY)

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Overview

It took Joyce nine difficult years to get this now-classic collection of short stories published, at last, in 1914. They show Irish middle class life in and around Dublin in the early years of the twentieth century.
Each tale includes an epiphany: a moment (often understated) where a character experiences self-understanding or illumination. Many of these characters would later appear in minor roles in Joyce's novel Ulysses.
The collection starts with stories narrated by child protagonists, and then addresses the lives and concerns of progressively older people, following Joyce's tripartite division of the collection into childhood, adolescence, and maturity.
In 1987 John Huston made a film of "The Dead", the most elegiac of the pieces here.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014455671
  • Publisher: Revenant
  • Publication date: 5/16/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 425 KB

Meet the Author

James Augustine Aloysius Joyce (1882 – 1941), an Irish novelist and poet, is considered to be one of the most influential writers in the modernist avant-garde of the early 20th century. Having begun with the comparatively conventional narrative style of the Dubliners (1914), he moved towards more formal experimentation with novels like A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916) and Finnegans Wake (1939). He is best known for Ulysses (1922), a landmark work in which the episodes of Homer's Odyssey are paralleled in an array of contrasting literary styles, perhaps most prominently the stream of consciousness technique he perfected. . His complete oeuvre includes three books of poetry, a play, occasional journalism, and his published letters.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2007

    Travel Freely Within Old Dublin

    Dublin at the turn of the nineteenth century is this book's source of inspiration. Joyce here captures a sense of sadness, a sense of folly, and a sense of unsatisfaction in this collection of short stories. Fourteen were intended by Joyce for The Dubliners, and in this Bantom Books Reprint, the lyrically written, but awkwardly structured 'The Dead' has been included (it reads in two seemingly incongruent parts). My notables include 'A Mother', 'A Little Cloud', and 'Counterparts'. 'The Dead' is hailed by the literati as a great piece, and the second half of the story captures the distance that can occur in a marriage, the effects of a perceived affair on a husband and a woman's longing for what could have been if she'd married differently. This collection of stories is compulsory for any James Joyce reader, as it is a sharp contrast in style to Finnegan's Wake or Ulysses. I find the value in it, if one wants to be absolutely immersed in a different time and place, and read some passionately painful, realistic stories. The morals of these stories can be interpreted open-endedly, like most great art, and at times may be too subtle for the modern reader. One drawback to this edition. Shame on Bantam for not presenting the punctuation as Joyce intended. He originally demarcates his changed in dialogue with dashes, rather than standard quotation mark indicators. What is the point of reading the book how the author did not intend it read? Read the book, but choose an edition true to the author's intent.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 16, 2012

    Dubliners remains a fresh view of the people

    Added this to my collection because I remember enjoying it very much as the focus of a literature course at the university in the late 1950's or early 1960s. Joyce captures the essence of every day people doing every day things.
    Modern Library Series has been my source for so many classics.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 14, 2011

    A Must-Read Classic!

    I had to read this book for my AP Literature class, but I ended up buying my own copy to keep notes in..and also because I liked it so much. I loved the message that Joyce was trying to portray with this novel: Dublin (and society as a whole) was stuck in a never-ending circle, paralyzed if you will, of drinking, passionless love and lives, materialism, meaningless faith, etc. I had never read something quite like this before, and I loved the creative grouping of the chapters into a timeline type thing. My favorite chapter was Evelyn. All in all, it was a pretty good read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2007

    The Best Collection of Short Stories

    Dubliners is a wonderful masterpiece that is insightful and cascades with beauty through its words splashed upon the pages. My personal favorite story is 'The Dead' which is Joyce's transition from his more simplistic writing into what will later become his stream of conciousness and deeply imbedded symbolism style of writing that we see in Ulysses. I recommend this to anyone. Some of the short stories are easier to read than others, but there shouldn't be any great trouble in any of them. Each story has its unique beauty and truth about the human race.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2005

    The Dubliners is a revelation into the dark side of human reasoning.

    The Dubliners is a revelation into the dark side of human reasoning. It¿s a smashing book, when you are done with it you understand why people do stupid things, drink excessively or gamble (the reasoning behind it). This book is a benchmark in literary competence that everyone should read. I love this book because it gives the perspective of the lower class of Dublin children skipping school, alcoholics exedra. James Joyce has exceeded the expectations for word choice of the finest writers. It is a book of short, stories each chapter gives a different perspective of the same day in Dublin. James Joyce also wrote the Odyssey which by many standards is the hardest book to understand (in English) and is legendary for its complexity. The Dubliners retains all the richness and word of the Odyssey but everyone can (should) understand.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2003

    a good place to start

    A GREAT book. If it were a good book it would show this dank, depressive, captivating and surreal world. Instead it emerses you in this world. Joyce's writing is so spontaneous. I despise being gushing but it is Joyce. The man is a genius. (I realise I should refer to him in the past tense but his writing seems to suspened his intellect and reality in time). He never resorts to the writing-by-numbers tecnique of presenting characters with a view to evoking sympathetic sentiments from the reader. Characters aren't pleasant so that you want to be their friend or unsuccesful/destructive/pathetic for the purpose of making the reader feel smug, successful and sensible. I can't recommend this book enough. It's an experience. One which you may find tiring and depressing but which is completely worthwhile. And compared to Finnegans Wake it's a walk in the park! Allows you to experience Joyce's writing without completely perplexing you (speaking from experience!)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2005

    A rich book

    This is the second James Joyce book I have read and it goes to reinforce the feeling I had after reading the first that that writer is a great storyteller. In fact, I consider James Joyce's Dubliners as one of the best collection of short stories ever put together. The settings are amazing and the rich and lively characters all combine with the incredible plots to add credence to the stories. Not only are they true to life in fitting with the atmosphere that one finds in Dublin, the stories are also hilarious, subtle, and inspirational and gripping. The pace of the stories is fast and the voices are rich.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted December 22, 2014

    Dean

    He came back for no reason whatsoever

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    Posted December 22, 2014

    A masked figure

    Some may still be on nook though.

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    Posted December 21, 2014

    Julia

    Yush. I shall go and be back later. Bai

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    Posted December 21, 2014

    Piercen

    "I have many siblings."

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    Posted December 21, 2014

    Will to bw

    So whens josh coming

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    Posted December 21, 2014

    Shayne

    Julia: "Drama?" He shakes his head and laughs. Mandi: "Why are you covering your face?" Momo: "True we could."

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    Posted December 20, 2014

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