These tales stand in sharp contrast to the idealized versions of Irishness that coloured much writing of the renaissance; they are filled with the sense of paralysis that Joyce perceived as constricting the Catholic Dublin society of which…. Seldom, of course, is the specific structure of one story appropriate for a different story.
Faulkner, for example, used….
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Categories : works Spoken works Collections of short stories PD-old Hidden category: Main pages with authority control data. He loved and hated it, became a bard of Dublin and its inhabitants, a great admirer but its stern critic at the same time. The same sentiments had he for his homeland, often in his works called Errorland. The main theme of Dubliners that ties together all stories is the breakdown of all values, embodied in drunkenness, decadent debauchery, obscurantism of clergy, hypocrisy, intellectual primitivism of bourgeoisie, and finally paralysis of the Irish political scene after the death of Parnell.
View all 13 comments. Apr 21, Rakhi Dalal rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Joyce fans. Shelves: short-stories , joyce. Why do we wish to live this life; life, which at times seem to accompany the vague impressions we have long since been comfortable to carry along; the ideas, the choices, which have become a second nature to us. How many times do we stop and think about them? Particularly, as readers, as the ones who have been challenged, and hence in a way made aware by written word; how many times do we stop and think - life cannot always be a search, it cannot always be a constant exploration into unknown, a Why do we wish to live this life; life, which at times seem to accompany the vague impressions we have long since been comfortable to carry along; the ideas, the choices, which have become a second nature to us.
Particularly, as readers, as the ones who have been challenged, and hence in a way made aware by written word; how many times do we stop and think - life cannot always be a search, it cannot always be a constant exploration into unknown, a desperate call to something which is striven for, for the attainment of something decisive. Or is it? But what when the decisive is attained, is conquered?
- Early days in O’Donoghue’s bar.
- Dubliners | The James Joyce Centre.
- READERS GUIDE.
Where does one go from there? Surely, in search of something still unknown, still unconquered! But we forget to stop in between.
Or we rather choose to ignore that which comes in between, because we are too afraid to stop. And that is life. So, when I picked up Dubliners , while still continuing with The Rebel , I was at first annoyed because nothing seemed unusual or interesting there.
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Some more stories and I realized the simple idea with which these stories might have been penned. I realized that author might have wanted to portray life, as actually experienced and lived by the characters, who might in fact had been real people around him. People, who had lived a life, set by routine patterns and where nothing out of ordinary had ever happened. This realization made me sit straight and question myself. How many right ways can be there to live a life?
One or two or more; Is it ours or theirs or still, somewhere between the two? But what I do understand is that, either way it is life we are talking about. Life which is lived, both consciously and unconsciously, which may be different in living but which in the end culminates into the same. Oh, but by this I do not undermine one way or the other but simply wish to express the value of understanding both.
It was the last story of the collection i. It actually brought to eyes something unusual from the rest of the stories : [ view spoiler [See, the incorrigible me! The story is not only about this awareness but also about love which gets shattered, even when the man in question has been long dead, and signifies the end of life as lived by Gabriel. But the thoughts it provoked after reading, is what makes it so readable. Definitely recommended.
View all 36 comments. Over the next three years Joyce submitted three additional stories. Finally he took the collection to a second publisher. Again it was accepted, and again it was held back. Finally, in , the original publisher overcame his fears and released the volume to the public. So it was only slowly, over the course of many years, that Dubliners gained recognition for both the modernism and the rather brute realism of its stories. In the previous update, I chose to use the word dreary in describing the stories.
That they are. And of course there are classes in this society, so that those of any class except the bottom can always compare themselves pridefully to those below them, should they care to.
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I scanned through the last, longest story The Dead , looking for a good quotation. Alas, they were few and far between, and too long to bother with. But this story is a fit capstone to the collection.
Then in the last few pages, a tale of death finds its way into the story, a death that occurred long ago, but is newly revealed to Gabriel and causes him to have very quotable thoughts as he falls asleep. When I said below that the stories aren't "exciting" One could use the word "depressing"? But more, I think the atmosphere of the stories is probably much like the weather that I associate with the Emerald Isle.
Damp, cloudy, hints of rain, chill in most parts of the year, maybe summerlike for a couple weeks in July. Weather that makes you seek out a pub and the warm comfort of a pint with friends. Then there's that Catholic haze that looms over everything, the haze and the weather and maybe even the people such that Joyce himself had to flee. Whenever you feel like subjecting yourself to this sort of dreariness, which should be often , read one of the stories, it will suit your yearning.
They were written by Joyce, though, so that sets them on a level of Literature that most writers can only dream of. It also means that they are worthy of study, and that the time spent studying them will be well spent. Terence Brown's Introduction shows that he has studied these stories for a long time, and his Notes make it apparent that there is not a word, a slang term, a Dublin location, nor a historical reference in the stories that he does not know most everything about.
The footnoting is at times a bit distracting - "of course, everyone knows that" you think - but of course those things that "everyone knows" vary from reader to reader.
Rethinking Joyce's Dubliners
All in all, this is a very good edition of Dubliners. I was once an English lit. One of those I have had in recent years is to take the time to write a long essay on these stories. I do think they are worth that kind of effort. View all 26 comments. Sep 26, Paul Bryant rated it really liked it Shelves: joyce , short-stories. Dubliners Brilliantly atmospheric scraps of Irish miserablism — must read to get where JJ is coming from.
Bangs on about religion and more Irish miserablism and a bit too much like a portrait of the author as an insufferable young genius.
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