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Although I've heard James Joyce described as inaccessible, Tadhg Hynes' narration brings "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" fully to life for me. This compatriot clearly revels in the joy of James Joyce's stream of consciousness. As Stephen Dedalus grows from a sensitive boy to an impassioned artist, his depth of vision is conveyed through the shifting colors of his words. The young child pushed into the cesspool by bullies becomes a strong and independent thinker, disenchanted with the rigidity of religion and politics: "Ireland is the old sow that eats her farrow."
I highly recommend this book and this narrator - a perfect marriage and a true joy.
Story: It is classic so I can only comment I how it made me feel. It was better for me than reading "Ulysses" which was became too experimental to be enjoyable. It was interesting for me for his honest self-exploration even if I found the logic not acceptable. It is good read but I do not think I will place it on the shelf to be re-read.
Production: Very good.
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