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Dubliners (Tantor Edition) | [James Joyce]

Dubliners (Tantor Edition)

Dubliners is a collection of short stories by James Joyce that was first published in 1914. The 15 stories were meant to be a naturalistic depiction of the Irish middle-class life in and around Dublin in the early years of the 20th century. The stories were written at a time when Irish nationalism was at its peak and a search for a national identity and purpose was raging; at a crossroads of history and culture, Ireland was jolted by various converging ideas and influences.
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Dubliners is a collection of short stories by James Joyce that was first published in 1914. The 15 stories were meant to be a naturalistic depiction of the Irish middle-class life in and around Dublin in the early years of the 20th century. The stories were written at a time when Irish nationalism was at its peak and a search for a national identity and purpose was raging; at a crossroads of history and culture, Ireland was jolted by various converging ideas and influences. They center on Joyce's idea of an epiphany: a moment where a character has a special moment of self-understanding or illumination. The initial stories in the collection are narrated by children as protagonists, and as the stories continue, they deal with the lives and concerns of progressively older people. This is in line with Joyce's tripartite division of the collection into childhood, adolescence, and maturity. <'p>

The stories contained in Dubliners are "The Sisters," "An Encounter," "Araby," "Eveline," "After the Race," "Two Gallants," "The Boarding House," "A Little Cloud," "Counterparts," "Clay," "A Painful Case," "Ivy Day in the Committee Room," "A Mother," "Grace," and "The Dead."

Public Domain (P)2011 Tantor

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    Nora Brussels, Belgium 05-20-12
    Nora Brussels, Belgium 05-20-12
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    "Brilliant stories about Dubliners"
    What did you love best about Dubliners?

    I loved the characters and how they are so faithful to the real thing.


    What about Gerard Doyle’s performance did you like?

    I love the way Gerard Doyle speaks in the typical Dublin accent;


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The narrator was able to transport me directly to Dublin all though these stories told in a Dublin accent.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm so happy i bought the edition read by Gerard Doyle. I'd love to hear him reading Ulysses.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Reed Florida 04-10-12
    Rebecca Reed Florida 04-10-12 Member Since 2002

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    "Grim early work from Joyce"
    This book wasn???t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This is a pretty depressing read- which I guess is the point. It is early work that Joyce was unable to get published until later in his career. He could have used an editor on this one.


    What about Gerard Doyle???s performance did you like?

    He sounded very authentic.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Sad


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    Warren Cary, NC, United States 02-12-12
    Warren Cary, NC, United States 02-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Missed this book High School - too bad"
    Where does Dubliners rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The different short stories and content of the stories


    What did you like best about this story?

    The writting style - very elequent


    What about Gerard Doyle’s performance did you like?

    His imitation of women


    If you could take any character from Dubliners out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The priest in the first story. Ask him, what drove him crazy ?


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