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REVIEW µ Dubliners × This work of art reflects life in Ireland at the turn of the last century and by rejecting euphemism reveals to the Irish their unromantic realities Each of the 15 stories offers glimpses into the lives of ordinary Dubliners and collectively they paint a portrait of a nationMpses into the lives of ordinary Dubliners and collectively they paint a portrait of a nati. 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 desperate call to something which is striven for for the attainment of something decisive Or is it Perhaps But what when the decisive is attained is conuered Where does one go from there Surely in search of something still unknown still unconuered 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 I remember this very beautiful uote by Allan Saunders “Life is what happens to you when you are busy making other plans” We forget that sometimes life is also the acceptance of that which is presented to us by mere chances or than that by the long witnessed “usual” So when I picked up Dubliners while still continuing with The Rebel I was at first annoyed because nothing seemed unusual or interesting there But then I just strove ahead because I had loved “A Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man” and so I wanted to give this a chance Some 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 uestion myself How many right ways can be there to live a life One or two or ; Is it ours or theirs or still somewhere between the two I don’t even know if these are the right options 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 bothIt was the last story of the collection ie “The Dead” which deeply touched and gave me food for thought It actually brought to eyes something unusual from the rest of the stories view spoilerSee the incorrigible me hide spoiler


This work of art reflects life in Ireland at the turn of the last century and by rejecting. Life is full of missed opportunities and hard decisions Sometimes it’s difficult to know what to actually do Dubliners creates an image of an ever movie city of an ever moving exchange of people who experience the reality of life And that’s the whole point realism Not everything goes well not everything is perfectly constructed Life is random and unpredictable If we’re not careful it may escape from us entirely There are two types of stories in Dubliners The first and by far the most effective are those associated with despair nihilism and death The second type deals with ordinary aspects of modern life the representation of the city and social exchanges As a collection they provide an image of dark murky city struggling to cope with the problems associated with rapid urbanisation The stories do not intertwine but you are left with the impression that they are not that far from each other their proximity feels close as you read further into each one The true mastery of Joyce’s writing reveals itself in what he doesn’t say the subtle suggestions the lingering uestions as each story closes without any sense of full resolution And again is this not true of real life In narrative tradition there is a structured beginning middle and end but in the reality of existence it doesn’t uite work this way Life carries on It doesn’t have a form of narrative closure a convenient wrapping up of plot after each wound we take in life It carries on We carry on And for the Dubliners isolation carries on “He could not feel her near him in the darkness nor hear her voice touch his ear He waited for some minutes listening He could hear nothing the night was perfectly silent He listened again perfectly silent He felt that he was alone”

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DublinersEuphemism reveals to the Irish their unromantic realities Each of the 15 stories offers gli. James Joyce once said; If Dublin suddenly disappeared from the Earth it could be reconstructed out of my book Ulysses I have never been to Dublin so I have no idea what it's like today but through Joyce's writings I have a sense of what it was like in the early 20th century It’s not so much that he describes the physical city but his descriptions of its establishments its social and political atmosphere and especially its people is so detailed and complete that the physical picture just pops up like in one of those children's pop up books It is so in Ulysses and it certainly is true in this book DublinersDubliners this collection of 15 short stories was published in 1914 two years before A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and eight years before Ulysses These stories lay the groundwork for his later novels a primer if you will I think it's good advice to anyone just starting on James Joyce works to start with Dubliners Like all short story collections some are better than others but they are all good all consistent and they never stray from Joyce's verbal painting of his beloved Dublin