Joyce, James

Book - 2008
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
This work of art reflects life in Ireland at the turn of the last century, and by rejecting euphemism, reveals to the Irish their unromantic reality. Each of the 15 stories offers glimpses into the lives of ordinary Dubliners, and collectively they paint a portrait of a nation. Map.

Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008
ISBN: 9780199536436
Branch Call Number: FICTION JOYCE 2008
Characteristics: lx, 279 p. :,map ;,20 cm
Additional Contributors: Johnson, Jeri


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Mar 27, 2013
  • MCinnamon rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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.

Feb 05, 2013
  • lennonof rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Well written short stories that are slices of dull lives.

Dec 12, 2012
  • theorbys rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Jun 19, 2012
  • smilegirl24 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Apr 02, 2012

james joyce is number 1 short story writer(in time magazine) you should definately read this

Jun 07, 2011
  • cuthberb rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Apr 15, 2011
  • ParkRidgeRS rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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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Mar 25, 2014

Mr Duffy lived a short distance from his body.

Jul 12, 2012
  • smilegirl24 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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
  • smilegirl24 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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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