- Paperback: 132 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (24 Mar. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1497441048
- ISBN-13: 978-1497441040
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.8 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,584,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Dubliners Paperback – 24 Mar 2014
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'recently reached the Irish bestseller lists, a feat it never achieved during his lifetime'(Irish Daily Mail)
'this is a book that will always be read ... a book about the beautiful thing that is language, the means by which we always come home'(Irish Daily Mail)
'a pleasant edition'(Books Ireland)
'James Joyce’s most accessible book and perhaps his most unerringly beautiful one ... if you’ve never read it ... I envy you the magnificent pleasures lying in wait ... a most readable and beautiful collection'(Irish Daily Mail)
'if you have never actually read our most famous writer ... then the 15 stories in Dubliners are the perfect place to start ... if this is the only book you read this year'(Evening Herald)
'I had never read Dubliners, as I thought it would be far too ‘serious’ and ‘challenging’ but what I discovered was a fantastic read, full of humour, pain and loss - a must-read for those who love our fair city and those who want to try a bit of Joyce’'(dailyupdate.ie)
'a handsome reissue'(RTE Guide) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A wonderrful portrait of the city of Dublin. Joyce's first important work, in this he introduced the city to the world for the first time. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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The sum of the collection is greater than its individual parts, however, so that even the shorter character sketches add something to the reader's understanding of Dublin and its citizens. Despite the wide range of class and circumstance Joyce addresses, each one has a sense of total authenticity, of a deep understanding of how this society intermixes. There is a common theme running throughout, of people trapped, either by circumstance or because of decisions they have made, and many of the stories focus on a moment in the central characters' lives when they become aware of their trap. Drunkenness, violence and the stifling stranglehold of the Catholic church all play their part in showing a society where aspiration is a rare commodity, usually thwarted. I understand some of the stories were considered shocking at the time for their language and sexual content. Given the relative mildness of them to modern eyes, this fact in itself casts another light on how socially restricted the society was at the time of writing.
The prose is somewhat understated, with Joyce relying more on the penetrating examination of character rather than any flamboyancy of language or stylistic quirks, and that works well for me.Read more ›
Hearing the stories read seems to me to be the perfect way to revisit or discover them for the first time. Each story in this CD box set is introduced by a period song transferred from a 78 rpm record, setting the scene for the faultless readings by Jim Norton to make a completely captivating whole.
The stories vary considerably, from the simply melancholic to, for example, 'Counterparts' which chillingly depicts drunkenness, menace and violence. They have all the resonance of a sad song telling of a love lost, a missed opportunity, the 'if only' or 'what might have been'.
This set contains two triple CD cases. Inside Part One there is a 12 page booklet which includes a useful description of the context of the stories and the struggle Joyce had to get them published. The Part Two booklet contains additional notes by Roger Marsh. Each booklet also contains several photographs of Dublin past, and the details of each track and timings.
Dubliners Part 1 CD contains: The Sisters, An Encounter, Araby, Eveline, After the Race, Two Gallants, The Boarding House, A Little Cloud, Counterparts and Clay.
Dubliners Part 2 CD contains: A Painful Case, Ivy Day in the Committee Room, A Mother, Grace, and The Dead.
Worth every penny, many times over!
Anyway, onto the Naxos audiobook. This six-disc set contains the all the stories, over about seven hours. The reader is Jim Norton, best known to me as Bishop Len Brennan from 'Father Ted'. I initially wondered if that was going to be a distraction, but (thankfully) it turns out that his normal reading voice is nothing like that character's distinct style. Norton does the range of characters very well, even in stories like 'Ivy Day in the Committee Room', where I never had any problems telling the multiple characters apart during lenghty dialogues. He even sings a few times! Naxos has also used some suitable music to top & tail most of the stories here, which adds suitably to the atmosphere.
Anyway, whether you've enjoyed 'Dubliners' before, or are trying to start on Joyce with his most accessible work, I can highly recommend this version. I've now bought the Naxos version of 'Finnegans Wake', in the hope that an (abridged) audio reading of that book will make it even faintly comprehensible...
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Didn't actually realize this was a collection of short stories when I picked it up. Really enjoyed the read. Read morePublished 4 months ago by William North
Beautiful hardback edition at an incredibly low price. I really enjoyed reading this book.Published 5 months ago by mr jmd farmer
Read on holiday, great descriptions and intrigue in short stories of Dublin life.Published 6 months ago by Betty Douglas
Read for a Uni Course so only read parts applicable to the course itself.
The master of short story telling. Read more
This book & Portrait of the Artist were staples of university year 1 Eng. Lit. courses when first read by me in the sixties in Glasgow- to someone educated by Marist Brothers in a... Read morePublished 15 months ago by HUGHMCSHANE