Often cited as the best work of short fiction ever written, Joyce's elegant story details a New Year's Eve gathering in Dublin that is so evocative and beautiful that it prompts the protagonist's wife to make a shocking revelation to her husband - closing the story with an emotionally powerful epiphany that is unsurpassed in modern literature."The Dead" is the final short story in Joyce's 1914 collection Dubliners. It is the longest story in the collection and widely considered to be one of the greatest short stories in the English language.
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Uncertain of Joyce? Well, don't be… Uncertain of the narrator? Rest easy…
Slow to develop but with a powerful punch at the end, this is True Art…
Not manipulative but manifest…
Nice short read - nice introduction to James Joyce without taking on one of the longer books. Tension really builds and I could not stop listening at the end. The reader's Irish accent adds something but I found it a bit hard to understand sometimes.
"There is scarcely any passion without struggle." Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays
The Dead is likely the most poignant and holistic look in literature at the ends of roads in our lives, lost loves and expectations (our personal myths of the perfect life, which for many are shattered along the way). Joyce's prose here is hypnotic.
I had read this before, but I thought I'd have another go on audio. While I think it's probably worth the price, I'd suggest the print edition if you haven't read it. The narrator laid the Irish brogue on too thick for my taste.
I did not finish listening to this. I found the narration was not nuanced and so stopped listening.
The description of the supper table.
I'm not sure.
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