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Dubliners
James Joyce
71 Installments

The fifteen unforgettable short stories that form this collection paint the portrait of a city through the eyes of its middle class residents. Beginning with stories of the very young and moving through adulthood into the tales of the very old, these brilliantly rendered snapshots of humble lives breathe life into historical fact.

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Nov. 7, 2013
Every story in the collection is written with a light, subtle touch. Many of them stay with me -- particularly "Eveline," "Counterparts," and "The Dead." Joyce's endings are strange--they often feel abrupt. But I think it's because he's telling a different sort of story. The plot isn't centered so much in events as in the feelings and thoughts that pass through the characters. The endings (and every part of the narrative) come in response to those internal motions. I confess that some of the stories go over my head. I'm sure that I don't understand what's going on in "Ivy Day for the Committee Room," for example. Joyce is generally a writer who needs to be studied, and to be read with a lot of background knowledge. I haven't done so with Dubliners. Still, there's plenty to like here. The overall tone of the collection is one of incredible love for people.
 
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