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Dubliners(Annotated): fiction

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Dubliners is a collection of 15 short stories by James Joyce, first published in 1914. The fifteen stories were meant to be a naturalistic depiction of the Irish middle class life in and around Dublin in the early years of the 20th century. The stories were written at the time when Irish nationalism was at its peak, and a search for a national identity and purpose was rag Dubliners is a collection of 15 short stories by James Joyce, first published in 1914. The fifteen stories were meant to be a naturalistic depiction of the Irish middle class life in and around Dublin in the early years of the 20th century. The stories were written at the time when Irish nationalism was at its peak, and a search for a national identity and purpose was raging; at a crossroads of history and culture, Ireland was jolted by various converging ideas and influences. They center on Joyce's idea of an epiphany: a moment where a character has a special moment of self-understanding or illumination. Many of the characters in Dubliners later appear in minor roles in Joyce's novel Ulysses. The initial stories in the collection are narrated by children as protagonists, and as the stories continue, they deal with the lives and concerns of progressively older people. This is in line with Joyce's tripartite division of the collection into childhood, adolescence and maturity.


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Dubliners is a collection of 15 short stories by James Joyce, first published in 1914. The fifteen stories were meant to be a naturalistic depiction of the Irish middle class life in and around Dublin in the early years of the 20th century. The stories were written at the time when Irish nationalism was at its peak, and a search for a national identity and purpose was rag Dubliners is a collection of 15 short stories by James Joyce, first published in 1914. The fifteen stories were meant to be a naturalistic depiction of the Irish middle class life in and around Dublin in the early years of the 20th century. The stories were written at the time when Irish nationalism was at its peak, and a search for a national identity and purpose was raging; at a crossroads of history and culture, Ireland was jolted by various converging ideas and influences. They center on Joyce's idea of an epiphany: a moment where a character has a special moment of self-understanding or illumination. Many of the characters in Dubliners later appear in minor roles in Joyce's novel Ulysses. The initial stories in the collection are narrated by children as protagonists, and as the stories continue, they deal with the lives and concerns of progressively older people. This is in line with Joyce's tripartite division of the collection into childhood, adolescence and maturity.

30 review for Dubliners(Annotated): fiction

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    I worked for Barnes & Noble when this edition came out, and it's the one I recommend if you can find it. Personally, I prefer unabridged editions, and the illustrations (photography) from around Dublin help to connect readers to the setting. This can be especially helpful for some. When you are through reading this edition, you will want to keep it out because it is also a great coffee table book. So, you really can't waste your money on this edition. I worked for Barnes & Noble when this edition came out, and it's the one I recommend if you can find it. Personally, I prefer unabridged editions, and the illustrations (photography) from around Dublin help to connect readers to the setting. This can be especially helpful for some. When you are through reading this edition, you will want to keep it out because it is also a great coffee table book. So, you really can't waste your money on this edition.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lynn Dixon

    The Dubliners is a compilation of 15 short stories written by the renowned James Joyce. His clear observations of those who lived in Dublin are both keen and insightful. His characters are from all walks of life as he takes an in-depth look into their lives and the human psyche. His stories range from a variety of situations such as young child’s first encounter with death; children deciding to go an adventure rather than attending school; teen love; overbearing mothers; abusive fathers; clandes The Dubliners is a compilation of 15 short stories written by the renowned James Joyce. His clear observations of those who lived in Dublin are both keen and insightful. His characters are from all walks of life as he takes an in-depth look into their lives and the human psyche. His stories range from a variety of situations such as young child’s first encounter with death; children deciding to go an adventure rather than attending school; teen love; overbearing mothers; abusive fathers; clandestine affairs; alcoholism and its effects on the working class; political mayhem and uncertain spouses. In the stories, most of his characters privately question their existences and admit to a degree of unhappiness. Yet, none of them have the courage to take actions to change their circumstances.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Michael F Bird

    Read this before Ulysses A small glimpse of what life is Dublin might have been like at the turn of the 20th century. Just as true as life multiple stories occurring at the same time oblivious of the other. Joyce oak rd a lovely picture of the average Dubliner.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Paola

    Alcuni racconti mi sono piaciuti molto, soprattutto l'ultimo, ma per la maggior parte mi hanno lasciato un senso di "incompiuto", come se non fossero esattamente dei racconti con una storia da narrare ma piuttosto delle incursioni nella vita di qualcun altro.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jay

    I bought what appears to be this version for Kindle. Note that there weren't actually any annotations.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Geno

    Makes you feel the dark side of Irish...would like to give it anothe half of a star

  7. 4 out of 5

    Charles Crowley

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    RyanLiu

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    E.A.

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    Academama

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    Crista Stewart

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    Mark Peternell

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    Debby Perelmuter

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    Charles Basler

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    Laura Ronstadt

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    Saraelena Nobili

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    Patricia S. Johnson

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  21. 4 out of 5

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    Joe Friend

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    KAY PHILLIPS

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    John J. Grogan

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    Michael Lloyd-Billington

  27. 5 out of 5

    Heather

  28. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Hamilton

  29. 5 out of 5

    L.N. Holmes

  30. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

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