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This review is from: Dubliners (Penguin Modern Classics) (Paperback)
`Dubliners' is a collection of short stories by James Joyce and whilst they are often overlooked in place of `Ulysses' and other of his works, they are most definitely worth a look. The stories don't tend to have any strong plot or final resolution, but instead are wonderful character studies of the inhabitants of Dublin. The book follows a vague pattern of the journey of life. The early stories being about childhood, the middle stories about adolescence and young adulthood and the latter stories about middle age and briefly touch upon death. So where each story is separate from each other, they also are linked together in a coherent thread. Each story also provides a snapshot into a certain characters life and although they have no strong overarching storyline (I.e. a start, middle and an end), the language is so rich and descriptive this doesn't feel like a negative element to the book. I especially enjoyed the dialogue in the stories and it feels entirely natural and draws you in, whereas it can feel forced and actually stalls the text in other books I've read. Joyce is obviously masterful in this aspect of story writing. Although some of the themes can feel a little bleak at times the stories are so well written it is actually a joy to read rather than being in any way depressing. Overall I enjoyed this way more than I thought I would and if you are even briefly considering reading it I would heartily recommend it. I now understand a little more why James Joyce is deemed such an important and classic author.
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