James Joyce - Dubliners PDF

James Joyce - Dubliners PDF

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Dubliners is a great collection of wonderful short stories written by James Joyce. These classic short stories were written during Irish nationalism reached its peak. First published as a single book in 1914, those stories were intended to be a naturalistic illustration of Irish middle class life in and around Dublin in the early years of the 20th century.

At that time, there was a raging search for a national identity and purpose. Ireland was at a crossroads of history and culture, jolted by various converging ideas and influences. The first three stories in "Dubliners" might be incidents from a draft of "Portrait of the Artist," and many of the characters who figure in "Ulysses" have their first appearance here, but this is not a book of interest only because of its relationship to Joyce's life and mature work. It is one of the greatest story collections in the English language—an unflinching, brilliant, often tragic portrait of early twentieth-century Dublin. The book, which begins and ends with a death, moves from "stories of my childhood" through tales of public life. Its larger purpose, Joyce said, was as a moral history of Ireland.

  • The Sisters: After the priest Father Flynn dies, a young boy who was close to him and his family deal with it only superficially.
  • An Encounter: Two schoolboys playing truant encounter an elderly man.
  • Araby: A boy falls in love with the sister of his friend, but fails in his quest to buy her a worthy gift from the Araby bazaar.
  • Eveline: A young woman abandons her plans to leave Ireland with a sailor.
  • After the Race: College student Jimmy Doyle tries to fit in with his wealthy friends.
  • Two Gallants: Two con men, Lenehan and Corley, find a maid who is willing to steal from her employer.
  • The Boarding House: Mrs. Mooney successfully manoeuvres her daughter Polly into an upwardly mobile marriage with her lodger Mr. Doran.
  • A Little Cloud: Little Chandler's dinner with his old friend Ignatius Gallaher casts fresh light on his own failed literary dreams. The story reflects also on Chandler's mood upon realizing his baby son has replaced him as the centre of his wife's affections.
  • Counterparts: Farrington, a lumbering alcoholic scrivener, takes out his frustration in pubs and on his son Tom.
  • Clay: The old maid Maria, a laundress, celebrates Halloween with her former foster child Joe Donnelly and his family.
  • A Painful Case: Mr. Duffy rebuffs Mrs. Sinico, then four years later realizes he has condemned her to loneliness and death.
  • Ivy Day in the Committee Room: Minor politicians fail to live up to the memory of Charles Stewart Parnell.
  • A Mother: Mrs. Kearney tries to win a place of pride for her daughter, Kathleen, in the Irish cultural movement, by starring her in a series of concerts, but ultimately fails.
  • Grace: After Mr. Kernan injures himself falling down the stairs in a bar, his friends try to reform him through Catholicism.
  • The Dead: Gabriel Conroy attends a party, and later, as he speaks with his wife, has an epiphany about the nature of life and death. At 15–16,000 words this story has also been classified as a novella. The Dead was adapted into a film by John Huston, written for the screen by his son Tony and starring his daughter Anjelica as Mrs. Conroy.

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Author: James Joyce;
Genre/Subject: Short Stories, Classic;
Language: English;
PDF Pages: 203;

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