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4.18 out of 54.18 out of 54.18 out of 54.18 out of 54.18 out of 5 4.18 (11 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edna O’Brien Narrator: Donada Peters Publisher: Books on Tape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2005 ISBN:
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One of Ireland's best current novelists provides a thumbnail sketch of Ireland's greatest writer. A passionate and sensuous portrait, James Joyce is a return to the land of politics, history, saints, and scholars that shaped the creator of the 20th century's groundbreaking novel, Ulysses. O'Brien traces Joyce's early days as a rambunctious young Jesuit student; his falling in love with a tall, red-haired Galway girl named Nora Barnacle on Bloomsday; and his exile to Trieste where he found success, love, and finally, despair. Joyce's raucous life as well as thoughtful commentary on his major writings is presented without the academic accoutrements that have made other Joyce biographies so difficult to read. O'Brien captures with simplicity the brilliance and complexity of this great master. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Young | 12/16/2013

    " Nice biographical portrait of Joyce in chatty, familiar style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dayla | 11/21/2013

    " This book, the bio of Oscar Wilde, and "Angela's Ashes" describe so clearly the affects of alcoholism on the body, that it is a wonder that detox centers don't use them more often as conversation starters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary Christensen | 10/14/2013

    " Edna O'Brien does well. I have to admit it turned me on Joyce a little. Be it Catholicism, alcohol or whatnot, we should try to get past it. Instead, Joyce was consumed by his demons and rather a nightmare for those around him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Theresa | 1/16/2013

    " Beautifully written book about the heartbreaking life of a staggering genius. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kit | 10/4/2012

    " I've never read any Joyce, and thought this might be a good way to decide if he were worth my time. OBrien's biography is quite wonderful, and I think probably as close to Joyce as I feel the need to get. It did make me want to read more Edna OBrien, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nan | 5/29/2012

    " Although the reader is a bit irritating, I'm gladd I listened. It's a fair and concise biography of Mr. James-Mad-Genius Joyce. Am I ready for something more scholarly? Probably not. Let me get through Finnegan's Wake first. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joan | 5/4/2011

    " O'Brien channels Joyce's ecstatic language and produces a vivid portrait of the man and his city in this fabulous SHORT biography. I am now a huge fan of the Penguin Lives series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Theresa | 12/22/2009

    "
    Beautifully written book about the heartbreaking life of a staggering genius. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nan | 5/16/2009

    " Although the reader is a bit irritating, I'm gladd I listened. It's a fair and concise biography of Mr. James-Mad-Genius Joyce. Am I ready for something more scholarly? Probably not. Let me get through Finnegan's Wake first. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joan | 11/20/2008

    " O'Brien channels Joyce's ecstatic language and produces a vivid portrait of the man and his city in this fabulous SHORT biography. I am now a huge fan of the Penguin Lives series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary | 8/20/2008

    " Edna O'Brien does well. I have to admit it turned me on Joyce a little. Be it Catholicism, alcohol or whatnot, we should try to get past it. Instead, Joyce was consumed by his demons and rather a nightmare for those around him. "

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About the Author
Author Edna O’Brien

Edna O’Brien has authored over fifteen novels, including Wild Decembers and In the Forest. She was the winner of the prestigious 2011 Frank O’Connor Short Story Award.