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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (43,526 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Joyce Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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James Joyce paints vivid portraits of the poorer classes of Dublin in a collection of stories whose larger purpose, he said, was to depict a “moral history of Ireland.” From the first story, in which a young boy encounters death to the haunting final story involving the middle-aged Gabriel, the book gives an unflinchingly realistic portrayal of the author’s own “dear, dirty Dublin” in the early twentieth century.

Joyce’s first published work in prose, this brilliant study is by turns bawdy, witty, and tragic. Said Joyce of the work: “I am trying...to give people some kind of intellectual pleasure or spiritual enjoyment by converting the bread of everyday life into something that has a permanent artistic life of its own…Do you see that man who has just skipped out of the way of the tram? Consider, if he had been run over, how significant every act of his would at once become.”

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Quotes & Awards

  • “It is in the prose of Dubliners that we first hear the authentic rhythms of Joyce the poet…Dubliners is, in a very real sense, the foundation of Joyce’s art. In shaping its stories, he developed that mastery of naturalistic detail and symbolic design which is the hallmark of his mature fiction.”

    Robert Scholes and A. Walton Litz, authors of Dubliners: Text and Criticism

  • “Joyce renews our apprehension of reality, strengthens our sympathy with our fellow creatures, and leaves us in awe before the mystery of created things.” 

    Atlantic Monthly 

  • “In Dubliners, Joyce’s first attempt to register in language and fictive form the protean complexities of the ‘reality of experience,’ he learns the paradoxical lesson that only through the most rigorous economy, only by concentrating on the minutest of particulars, can he have any hope of engaging with the immensity of the world.”

    John Kelly

  • “Frederick Davidson’s…feeling for Joyce’s prose and Joyce’s people is truly remarkable.”

    Library Journal

  • “Davidson gives full-voiced narration to the vigorous characters of Joyce’s Dublin and convincing interpretation to what Joyce called ‘the moral history of his community.’”

    Kliatt

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Zack Dryer | 2/6/2014

    " It was good but hardly deserves the rating on the Modern Library's top 100 list. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rebecca Robinson | 1/29/2014

    " One of my favorites, the short story Araby gives me chills every time, and many others bring me to tears. Read it! Love it! Spread its magic! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rand | 1/28/2014

    " this book is an effective argument in favor of higher education. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Howard | 1/26/2014

    " Great picture of Dublin's people at the turn of the century. "

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