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Dubliners (Penguin Modern Classics) by Joyce James
5.0 out of 5 stars Dubliners Jame Joyce, 1 Dec 2013
I needed this book for part of a module I was studying for an OU English Literature degree, and this version of the book was part of the set text. This version of the book has an introduction that explains more about the background to the stories and about the author himself, both of which helped to put the stories into context.

Many of these stories, set in Dublin, deal with poverty and social inertia in the early twentieth century; the social inertia and some of the causes for it is illustrated especially in 'The Boarding House' and 'Eveline'. Some deal with the way people use each other, again driven by inertia and desperation as in 'Two Gallants' or just out of greed as in… Read more
Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel
Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel
I needed this book as part of my studies (I'm studying for an OU English Lit degree), and was very satisfied with this version of the book. It's a play set in the early twentieth century that features four fictional Irish sisters and the sometime boyfriend of one of them, who drops by every now and then and who has fathered a son by one of them. The adult son is the narrator of the story, about his childhood in the cottage in a small Irish village, where money is scarce and the sisters are both affected by social immobility and the difficulty of making a living. The inertia is illustrated here by the upcoming dance, and the fact that the sisters will never attend it.
Complete Poems by Elizabeth Bishop
Complete Poems by Elizabeth Bishop
The book arrived fairly quickly, but when I opened it to read for my studies (part of an OU English Lit module), I found that a previous owner had scribbled all over it! This book should have been checked before it was sent out. Very disappointed.