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text 2017-06-16 12:26
16th June 2017
Dubliners - Jeri Johnson,James Joyce

Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed.

 

James Joyce

 

Happy Bloomsday! A hundred and thirteen years ago today, Leopold Bloom set off on his epic wander around Dublin in James Joyce's Ulysses.

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review 2016-05-12 00:00
Dubliners
Dubliners - Jeri Johnson,James Joyce 'The Dead' and 'A Mother' were the only ones I really enjoyed; the others, save for brief glimpses of irony, were, above all, horribly boring. Maybe it simply feels too familiar, but I just don't understand what all the fuss is about.
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review 2016-05-06 00:00
Dubliners (Wisehouse Classics Edition)
Dubliners (Wisehouse Classics Edition) - James Joyce 3.5 stars. I rarely read classics anymore but I'm happy I've picked up this one because it was surprisingly good. The short stories are better savored together and in order; they are poignant, beautifully written, wrought through top-notch descriptions and I liked to think about the themes of escape, routine and death. Not a cheery read but not depressive either.

“Ah, there’s no friends like the old friends,” she said, “when all is said and done, no friends that a body can trust.”
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review 2016-01-11 00:00
Dubliners
Dubliners - Jeri Johnson,James Joyce James Joyce has officially become one of my favorite writers. I particularly enjoyed the stories "A Painful Case" and "The Dead."
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review 2015-03-01 19:42
Dubliners
Dubliners - James Joyce,Edna O'Brien

Another one of the rare books that I had to read for school that I also greatly enjoyed, and the class discussions of the stories made me love them even more. I can see what people are talking about when they praise Joyce for the universality found in his work, as well as that essence of what it means to be human that runs deeply through his stories. On a personal level I love stories that are abrupt, that start from no where and end without a great resolution that instead makes the reader think and question what they read and what's going to happen next based on that. This book succeeded in all those aspects. It was only "Ivy Day in the Committee Room" that stumped me and made me feel totally lost, mainly because the subject of politics and all the subtle subtext was totally lost on me. Otherwise this was a fantastic collection of stories that succeeded in showing the truly dirty underbelly that can be found in every city in the world, whether in the past or present. I loved the unpolished nature of the writing and that feeling like I was in a dark corner going through dirty laundry. It's the kind of feeling that makes you feel both enlightened and indecent and I fell in love with it.

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