Dubliners by James Joyce
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James Joyce's Dubliners, that perhaps best expresses the Irish approach to literature, consists of 15 stories about Dubliners. Though each of these stories has a beginning, a middle and an end, some seem lacking in conventional shape or import...Also Joyce's stories are funny at times, and some however serious and moral, are altogether hilarious.
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'I regret to see that my book has turned out un fiasco solenne'

James Joyce's disillusion with the publication of Dubliners in 1914 was the result of ten years battling with publishers, resisting their demands to remove swear words, real place names and much else, including two entire stories. Although only 24 when he signed his first publishing contract for the book, Joyce already knew its worth: to alter it in any way would 'retard the course of civilisation in Ireland'.

Joyce's aim was to tell the truth - to create a work of art that would reflect life in Ireland at the turn of the last century and by rejecting euphemism, reveal to the Irish the unromantic reality the recognition of which would lead to the spiritual liberation of the country. Each of the fifteen stories offers a glimpse of the lives of ordinary Dubliners - a death, an encounter, an opportunity not taken, a memory rekindled - and collectively they paint a portrait of a nation.

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Irish novelist and poet James Joyce is widely recognized as one of the greatest writers of the modernist avant-garde period, although this recognition did not come until long after his death. In writings such as A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Dubliners, and his classic Ulysses, Joyce experimented with the use of language, extensively employed techniques like stream-of-consciousness and inner monologue, and pushed the boundaries of propriety with his explicit content. James Joyce died on January 13, 1941 in Zurich, Switzerland.
 
Published October 31, 2000 by Modern Library. 182 pages
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NY Times

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Reviewed by DAN BARRY on Jun 26 2014

Given the wondrous open-endedness of the collection, I find license, then, to imagine my mother reading “Dubliners” in her bed, American husband asleep beside her.

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Reviewed by Kevin Maher on Jul 21 2013

A gut punch of sadness for the long lost teenage me, for my beloved father, and even for Joyce himself. All, all becoming shades.

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The Hindu

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Reviewed by Ravi Vyas on Sep 04 2005

James Joyce's Dubliners, that perhaps best expresses the Irish approach to literature, consists of 15 stories about Dubliners. Though each of these stories has a beginning, a middle and an end, some seem lacking in conventional shape or import...Also Joyce's stories are funny at times, and some however serious and moral, are altogether hilarious.

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Reviewed by Jules on Aug 12 2008

Overall I enjoyed this book. A collection of short stories. I read this a back at the beginning of the year...I would definitely recommend this for anyone to read. It is a classic, that everyone should at least attempt to read at least once. The stories aren't the most exciting, but they are well told and that is what makes them a good read.

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The Literary Omnivore

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Reviewed by The Literary Omnivore on Nov 01 2011

Coming to Joyce after fearing the specter of his stream of consciousness fiction for so long, I was pleasantly taken aback by the efficiency of his prose here...James Joyce’s Dubliners is an unflattering (in both good and bad ways) look at then-contemporary Dublin life, focusing on small moments with enormous impact...

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Reviewed by Aarti on Mar 05 2012

And I'm very glad I did. I didn't enjoy all the stories in this book. In fact, I enjoyed very few of them. But the last story, "The Dead," is so brilliantly amazing that it made up for all my lukewarm feelings towards the rest.

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