Before delving the into modernist, avant-garde style emblematic of much of his later works, James Joyce displayed his ability to operate within a more traditional, realist mode with his unparalleled short story collection Dubliners, which features "After the Race", a subtly poignant portrayal of Jimmy Doyle’s attempt to transcend his status in Irish society.
Jim Norton’s engaging voice and stirring performance does justice to Joyce’s lean, masterful prose, and adds emotional resonance to Doyle’s final epiphany.
This is a story from the Dubliners, Volume 1 collection.
James Joyce's Dubliners is a collection of short stories about the lives of the people of Dublin around the turn of the century. Each story describes a small but significant moment of crisis or revelation in the life of a particular Dubliner, sympathetically but always with stark honesty. Many of the characters are desperate to escape the confines of their humdrum lives, though those that have the opportunity to do so seem unable to take it. This work holds none of the difficulties of Joyce's later novels, such as Ulysses, yet in its way it is just as radical. These stories introduce us to the city which fed Joyce's entire creative output, and to many of the characters who made it such a well of literary inspiration.