The Dubliners is a series of vignettes depicting ordinary life in Edwardian Dublin.
Joyce is viewed as one of the pivotal authors of the twentieth century, at the vanguard of modernism. Ulysees is often quoted as the principal example of stream of consciousness. Modernism itself focused on what was going on in the inner world rather than the external. In many ways, therefore, The Dubliners is disappointing. With the exception of The Dead, the stories don't really examine motive or psychology, they are rather observational in style and leave the reader to guess at the inner lives of the characters involved. Whilst the dialogue is crisp and enviable the narrative borders on the expositional and in places this makes for dull reading.
The Dead is the exception, a beautifully crafted and simple but moving story, different because one is very much in the head of Gabriel the main protagonist.
The Dubliners is a worthwhile read if you are interested in the historical development of fiction, but not if you are looking for engaging plots or character analysis.
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