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Dubliners is James Joyce’s 1914 collection of short stories about common people living in Dublin, Ireland. Beginning with tales centered around and told by the very young, and moving into stories about adults and even the most elderly residents of Joyce’s Dublin, this work chronicles the various aspects of a busy and colorful town. Tales of humble lives and universal experiences paint a vivid portrait of the community, breathing life into historical fact and giving depth to our understanding of a pivotal moment in Irish history.
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Opening Lines (Experimental)
THERE was no hope for him this time: it was the third stroke. Night after night I had passed the house (it was vacation time) and studied the lighted square of window: and night after night I had found it lighted in the same way, faintly and evenly. If he was dead, I thought, I would see the ...Back to top
Reviewed by Dinosaur on Mar 4, 2009
Strange, Subtle Endings
Every story in the collection is written with a light, subtle touch. Many of them stay with me -- particularly "Eveline," "Counterparts," and "The Dead." Joyce's endings are strange--they often feel abrupt. But I think it's because he's telling a different sort of story. The plot isn't centered so much in events as in the feelings and thoughts that pass through the characters. The endings (and every part of the narrative) come in response to those internal motions. I confess that some of the stories go over my head. I'm sure that I don't understand what's going on in "Ivy Day for the Committee Room," for example. Joyce is generally a writer who needs to be studied, and to be read with a lot of background knowledge. I haven't done so with Dubliners. Still, there's plenty to like here. The overall tone of the collection is one of incredible love for people.
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