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Dubliners

By James Joyce
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Dubliners is a collection of picturesque short stories that paint a portrait of life in middle-class Dublin in the early 20th century. Joyce, a Dublin native, was careful to use actual locations and settings in the city, as well as language and slang in use at the time, to make the stories directly relatable to those who lived there.

The collection had a rocky publication history, with the stories being initially rejected over eighteen times before being provisionally accepted by a publisher—then later rejected again, multiple times. It took Joyce nine years to finally see his stories in print, but not before seeing a printer burn all but one copy of the proofs. Today Dubliners survives as a rich example of not just literary excellence, but of what everyday life was like for average Dubliners in their day.

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534 Reviews

3.5
Surprised Face with Open Mouth“My first James Joyce book and it won’t be my last for sure. I love how he made a representation and telling of everyday life and mundane things so interesting. Some stories leave a deeper mark for sure than others, but overall it’s masterfully written, and definitely a classic worth reading through.”
Believable charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenDescriptive writing
Anxious Face with sweat“Absolutely captivating. As with any short story collection Dubliners, too, got its heavy hitters and its unripe apples. Overall, however, Dubliners is an expertly crafted look into the reality of early 20th century Dublin. The stories provide a number of different perspectives and cover various themes. My favourite stories are "An Encounter", "A Painful Case" and "The Dead".”
Believable charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenDescriptive writingImmersive settingRealistic settingThought-provoking

About James Joyce

James Augustine Aloysius Joyce (2 February 1882 – 13 January 1941) was an Irish novelist, short story writer, poet and literary critic. He contributed to the modernist avant-garde movement and is regarded as one of the most influential and important writers of the 20th century. Joyce's novel Ulysses (1922) is a landmark in which the episodes of Homer's Odyssey are paralleled in a variety of literary styles, most famously stream of consciousness. Other well-known works are the short-story collection Dubliners (1914) and the novels A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916) and Finnegans Wake (1939). His other writings include three books of poetry, a play, letters and occasional journalism.

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