"When you remember that Dublin has been a capital for thousands of years," James Joyce once wrote to his brother, "that it is the 'second city' of the British Empire, that it is nearly three times as big as Venice, it seems strange that no artist has given it to the world."
Dubliners, completed when James Joyce was only twenty-five, is the first of his works to demonstrate the unique, innovative style that would make him one of the most influential novelists of the twentieth century. Joyce turns his discerning eye to Dublin's lower middle class -- to the petit-bourgeois world of shopkeepers, tradesmen, functionaries, and clerks. The result is a portrait of Dublin life in the early 1900s, an undisputed masterpiece of human experience played out against a defeated city.
Washington Square Press' Enriched Classics present the great works of world literature enhanced for the contemporary reader. This edition of Dubliners has been prepared by Dr. Stephen Watt, a notable Joyce scholar and professor of English at Indiana University. It includes his introduction, a selection of critical excerpts, and a unique visual essay of period illustrations and photographs....Continua
- The Sisters: 3-*;
- An Encounter: 3-*;
- Araby: 2.5*;
- Eveline : 3.5*;
- After the Race: 2*;
- Two Gallants: 3-*;
- The Boarding House: 3=*;
- A Little Cloud: 2.5*;
- Counterparts: 3-*;
- Clay: 3=*;
- A Painful Case: 3+*;
- Ivy Day in the Commitee Room: 2+*;
- A Mother: 3*;
- Grace: 3-*;
- The Dead: 4=*.
The first time I red this book, about six years ago, I underestimated the importance of the themes and the modernist style of the short stories. I thought it was just a bunch of senseless stories, depicting everyday life in Dublin. Moreover, I had read in a terrible backdated Italian translated version of 'Dubliners'. Reading it in English helped me a lot this time in understanding the greatness of Joyce's book. A visit to Dublin in the meantime and getting to know the tragicomic nature, character and temperament of its inhabitants, especially in the past, did the rest....Continua
Il primo libro di racconti che ho letto e che ho adorato...storie semplici ma che, con uno stile innovativo ed elegante, descrivono perfettamente vari tipi di persone che dominano la Dublino del Novecento. L'autore guida il lettore in un percorso di scoperta della società irlandese, senza escludere nessuna fascia di età, infatti, i racconti trattano di bambini, adolescenti, adulti e anziani. I racconti che ho preferito sono Arabia, Eveline e I morti, che mi ha commosso e di cui ho anche assistito ad una riuscitissima rappresentazione teatrale davvero emozionante. Un autore di cui ho avuto il piacere di fare conoscenza e che sicuramente non abbandonerò....Continua
My very first book of J. Joyce.....it took me a while to get used to the specific narrative style of this author, which is I guess even a bigger challenge for the non-native English readers...he he....but the bigger the challenge the greater the joy afterwards in't?......
The stories tell about different people, places, moments and plots in everyday life of the citizens of Dublin. The very first story is quite short, kinda confusing and hmmmm (....), the second gets longer and more interesting and so on....to end with the "Dead" which is a masterpiece.....It's a good "warming up" book for me, before getting on to the "Ulysses".