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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man | [James Joyce]

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

The intellectual and religio-philosophical awakening of young Stephen Dedalus as he begins to question and rebel against the Catholic and Irish conventions with which he has been raised. He finally leaves for abroad to pursue his ambitions as an artist. The work is an early example of some of Joyce's modernist techniques that would later be represented in a more developed manner by Ulysses and Finnegans Wake. The novel, which has had a "huge influence on novelists across the world", was ranked by Modern Library as the third greatest English-language novel of the 20th century.
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The intellectual and religio-philosophical awakening of young Stephen Dedalus as he begins to question and rebel against the Catholic and Irish conventions with which he has been raised. He finally leaves for abroad to pursue his ambitions as an artist. The work is an early example of some of Joyce's modernist techniques that would later be represented in a more developed manner by Ulysses and Finnegans Wake. The novel, which has had a "huge influence on novelists across the world", was ranked by Modern Library as the third greatest English-language novel of the 20th century.

Public Domain (P)2013 Trout Lake Media

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    Lawrence Monroeville, PA, United States 07-22-14
    Lawrence Monroeville, PA, United States 07-22-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Narrator reads too fast"

    Obviously this is one of the great modern novels. However, this narrator speed reads like the guy who used to do the FedEx commercials. Stick with the Donal Donnelly reading.

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    Mrunmayi Kale United States 10-30-14
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    M. T. Smith Youngstown, OH 11-02-13
    M. T. Smith Youngstown, OH 11-02-13 Member Since 2012

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    What did you like best about A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man? What did you like least?

    I started to read "A Portrait of the Artist..." in my late teens, knowing it to be a "classic," but found it stylistically unappealing to me at the time. It had become part of my (61-year-old female) "bucket list," and appealed to me out from the Audible catalogue. Alas, the stylized Brogue of the narrator's voice interfered with the mulitiplicity of literary associations I might have had, and the author's adolescent male anguishes stemming from his Catholic upbringing could not resonate in my Russophilic soul.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Stephen Daedalus, or course.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Michael Orenstein’s performances?

    I fear I am not likely to be a reader of works he might record.


    Do you think A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I've been tiptoeing around "Ulysses" for most of my adult life, and fearing "Finnegan's Wake" ever since to coincided with the early bout of insanity chronicled in Sylvia Plath's "Bell Jar."


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    carmen Copenhagen, Denmark 10-22-13
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better quality of the narration could have made this book into a 5 star listening experience.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Michael Orenstein’s performances?

    I don't think so! It's not enjoyable to listen to this audio.M.Orenstein reads to fast and it's hard to follow and not very pleasant.


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