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Bernard

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  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Norton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    This fictionalized portrait of Joyce's youth is one of the most vivid accounts of the growth from childhood to adulthood. Dublin at the turn of the century provides the backdrop as Stephen Dedalus moves from town and society, towards the irrevocable decision to leave. It was the decision made by Joyce himself which resulted in the mature novels of Ulysses and Finnegans Wake.

    J. says: "Excellent audio book"
    "Jim Norton is the best for Joyce"
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    Don't bother with the John Lee version - Joyce is best handled by Jim Norton. Excellent and accessible. In terms of the book itself - I view it as a prerequisite to Ulysses, so a must if you want to get into understanding Joyce and his perspective on Ireland, etc.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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