Abbandonato nel senso che mi ha abbandonato. Non lo trovo più!
This book is a semi-autobiography of Joyce in his younger years, as he grows up, learns about the world, and becomes disillusioned with the Catholic upbringing and Ireland National sentiments inherent in the people around him.
I at first found the tendency of Joyce drifting from scene to scene and time to time annoying, but later thought it was a really cool effect. It made the whole book one big flow, like a real reminiscence. I think this is called "stream-of-consciousness" technique.
I didn't understand a lot of the book. I think a better knowledge of the politics of Ireland and the time and the history of their conflict with the English would have helped, as would a better intimacy of Catholicism (although I feel the book did help with that itself, at least for understanding what the environment might actually be like for a schoolboy growing up).
My favourite section was Joyce's descriptions of art and beauty, which I think were quite clear and added much to the discussion, certainly much better than some of the silly stuff you hear.
I didn't really like the ending, but I won't say anything so that I don't give anything away....Continua
For me, this book was difficult to follow and make much sense of but I did appreciate it for its description of Ireland at the beginning of the 1900s and to see to what extent the Catholic church served in the lives and consciousness of the Irish people....Continua
I actually prefer Stephen Hero, the rougher draft. There's a lot in there that isn't in the polished version.
Joyce's writing style is amazing! The story is well written and, especially the final chapter, is interesting. In addition, it's the most important chapter of the book, where finally the real Stephen's soul of the artist emerges.