James Joyce is one of the masters of world literature (and also one of the most unforgettable characters in our bookish landscape). Exiled from Ireland, he was fated to write, revise and re-work his greatest masterworks (including his controversial Ulysses)--in his mission to create perfect exemplifications of literary styling. He was everything and he was nothing (so full of genius, yet the antithesis of anything that could be accepted as "proper" literature). He was Ireland to the core (a study of irony balled up in history, scrawled on well-worn pages).
Joyce poured all that he was into his works of literature, but the accessibility level is such that many readers sometimes don't get past the first lines of his most controversial works. In short, he is the sort of literate, educated man from whom we can all learn; and we SHOULD learn a great deal more from him than we have...
John Thornton writes: "a look at Dubliners reveals that, together with his genius for destruction, Joyce had an equally fecund genius for structure, for narrative--pure, simple and clear."
If you are curious about James Joyce, this collection is an important first step. Taste his style. Experience the streets of Dublin through these short (but unforgettable) short tales!
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