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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (43,216 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Joyce Narrator: Gerard Doyle Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Dubliners is a collection of short stories by James Joyce that was first published in 1914. The 15 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 a 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. 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. <'p>

The stories contained in Dubliners are The Sisters, An Encounter, Araby, Eveline, After the Race, Two Gallants, The Boarding House, A Little Cloud, Counterparts, Clay, A Painful Case, Ivy Day in the Committee Room, A Mother, Grace, and The Dead.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by James Klagge | 2/8/2014

    " Best by Joyce that I have read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jerry Schwartz | 2/6/2014

    " I reread this book again, loved it as always. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jill | 2/5/2014

    " I read this book after reading "Araby" and other Joyce short stories over the years. I appreciate the lack of sentimentality or commercialized "Irishdom" in these vignettes. Each chapter is a story of a different Dubliner, and , in whole, their lives, at the turn of the 20th century, are not easy. There is labor dispute. There is religion. There is poverty. There is alcohol. There is the fatigue of long marriage with many children. There is the ageless yearning of the heart even when its possesser cannot articulate what, exactly, it is that is yearned for. The stories are narrated in a dispassionate voice. They provide challenging reading in that often there is no firm "conclusion" to the story; the characters simply pause in a sort of literary freeze frame, and the reader is left to draw conclusions. Still, by the end, one feels as if she had touched the beating heart of the city through the strivings (and failures) of its residents. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Brian | 1/29/2014

    " i was foolish enough to introduce myself to joyce's work with ulysses a few months ago. so naturally i was a little afraid to begin dubliners.. but i was pleasantly surprised and incredibly impressed. dubliners reads elegantly and does a beautiful job capturing snapshots of different people of all ages and backgrounds in the famous city. it is an understatement to say that i could not put this book down. absolutely brilliant and is giving me courage to tackle ulysses once more. in due time, of course.. "

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