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Dubliners

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  72,415 ratings  ·  3,046 reviews
"Dubliners" was completed in 1905, but a series of British and Irish publishers and printers found it offensive and immoral, and it was suppressed. The book finally came out in London in 1914, just as Joyce's "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" began to appear in the journal "Egoist" under the auspices of Ezra Pound. The first three stories in "Dubliners" might be inci ...more
Paperback, 197 pages
Published May 1st 1993 by Wordsworth Editions Ltd (first published 1914)
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Kalliope


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This is a collection of short stories. Or are they one single long story? “A Portrait of the City as an Old and Stultifying Enclave.”?

This story fashions a kaleidoscopic vision of Dublin in the early 1900s. This is a city enclosed in a gray cylinder that a hand turns periodically and new scenes are conjured up for the contemplation of a single (male) eye. The same components reappear, falling in different places playing different relationships with each other; some others disappear forever o
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Garima

Before embarking towards my maiden Joyce read, I prepared myself to pour in as much effort required on my part to understand Dubliners. I didn’t assume them to be incomprehensible or distant, but an anxiety akin to meeting a known stranger for the first time was definitely present. The said anxiety shortly materialized into a much-awaited prospect after reading the opening story and finally transformed into a confident and gentle companion who led me through the sepia streets of an unassuming ci
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Rakhi Dalal
Oct 30, 2013 Rakhi Dalal rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Joyce fans
Shelves: joyce, short-stories
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 ...more
Renato Magalhães Rocha
My relationship with James Joyce has started off well and I'm excited to take on the next step: I've been wanting to read Ulysses for quite some time, and after finishing The Odyssey, I figured I'd read Dubliners as some of the characters in his short stories appear in minor roles on his longer, modernist novel.

This is a collection of fifteen short stories - and I'll keep this a short review as well - that deals with the Irish middle class life in and around Dublin in the beginning of the 1900's
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Agnieszka

Was no doubt about it: if you wanted to succeed you had to go away. You could do nothing in Dublin .

The stories that make up Dubliners open with death and death ends it as well . And somewhere in between there is a life . The first truancy , the first timid amorous sighs and all shades of greyness , whole stretches of the usual humdrum reality . People caught up in the daily routine , whom life was withheld .

The workers , petty crooks and freeloaders , seamstresses , scullery maids , servan
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Rajat Ubhaykar
"For myself, I always write about Dublin, because if I can get to the heart of Dublin I can get to the heart of all the cities of the world. In the particular is contained the universal."
-James Joyce

Dubliners is fantastic literary inspiration, it forced me to take better notice of my surroundings, of my own city, which has an untapped endless source of heartbreak, joy, turmoil and everything else to do with the human predicament. It also almost forced me to park myself anywhere and write somethi
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Ted
review update - 3/17/15
obviously in celebration of a certain day

Just a few thoughts on these stories a couple years further on.

When I said below that the stories aren't "exciting" ... yes, well, first I didn't mean that they were not very affecting stories, because some of them are. One could use the word "depressing"? But more, I think the atmosphere of the stories is probably much like the weather that I associate with the Emerald Isle. Damp, cloudy, hints of rain, chill in most parts of the
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Robin Tell-Drake
I suppose I've always intended to read Joyce; it's terribly daunting but seems inevitable, too, that I must follow the man all the way through to Finnegans Wake. I have a copy. Untouched. Another remnant of the days when I thought I was on Earth to prove some kind of a point.

But I'm still awfully curious, and this year I finally dipped a toe in. Dubliners came first and seemed easiest to start with, and I'd read a story or two of it already. And indeed it is pretty conventional, even self-consci
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Selby
From my review of The Dead, the final story in Dubliners:


I thought I was done with James Joyce. I really did.

I've read Ulysses. Twice. I've also read multiple study-guides; slogged through countless websites of analyses. I'm still resentful at Ulysses. Right when you are about to give up, with finality, you come across one of those lines. Those Joyce nuggets. Those snippets of such purity you wonder if he is but a vessel through with a literary higher power is speaking. Then the magic wears off
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Kim

There's nothing I can say about this collection of fifteen short stories (or rather, fourteen short stories and one novella) which hasn’t been said thousands of times before. However, I can say that it's been a revelation to discover that Joyce's early work is so accessible. I found these stories - all of which provide glimpses of Dubliners at a particular moment of insight and self-realisation in their lives - utterly fascinating. They contain memorable characters, beautiful language and a stro
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Lyn
Was James Joyce the greatest English language writer in modern times?

I don’t know, maybe, but Dubliners helps to make his case.

Brilliant in it’s subtle, realistic way. Fifteen stories that paint a portrait of Dublin at the turn of last century. The Dead is the final story and the most poignant and powerful but several stand out as exceptional, and they are all good.

“Counterparts” is a disturbing close up look at the old drunken Irish family stereotype that fails to be humorous. “A Mother” tho
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Jacob
May 2009 (3 stars)

I took a film class in college a few years ago, and the final involved a reading of "The Dead" from Dubliners, followed by the film and some sort of comparative essay. I opted for the alternative final, in which I had to adapt a scene from a book--any book--into a short screenplay. It was probably more challenging and time-consuming, true, but at least I didn't have to read Joyce. But now I'm curious to find out precisely what it was I thought I should avoid. Who's afraid of th
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John
Dec 10, 2008 John rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers who want to know the world in its noisy entirety
Recommended to John by: a teacher I guess
Brilliant and encyclopedic as James Joyce was -- the artist who, more than any other, hauled the ancient storytellers' calling to distill an entire culture into the 20th Century -- his work in prose began with this subdued, sequenced exercise in urban heartache, and it's the book I choose to celebrate for Goodreads. Yes, ULYSSES had its way with me, too, a walloping inspiration, there's no denying. But DUBLINERS provides the ur-version for what's become a fiction staple, the community portrait i ...more
Emma
I never finished reading this book of short stories by James Joyce, but reading the first story changed my life. I read part of this book during the summer before or after my Senior year of high school. I was amazed by the way Joyce constructed his sentences and described ordinary things. The line "as the evening invaded the avenue" has always struck me as beautiful and I now actively seek authors who don't describe things in ordinary terms. While I had always been an active reader prior to this ...more
Kelly
Jun 04, 2007 Kelly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Joyce fans, people who want to read the perfect short story: "The Dead"
This collection of short stories set in Dublin was written by an immature, youthful Joyce. He is not yet the man who wrote Ulysses and Finnegan's Wake. He's young, and he's seeding the ground with what will make him famous. I actually adore these kinds of novels. The young work of a great master. Showing him in his process, and watching the maturity grow as you read over his work. I think perhaps it reminds me that these men were not luminous beings who were gifted naturally to pour out the page ...more
Ahmed
جيمس جويس العزيز للغاية , المبتكر بشدة, البارع فيما يقدم, المذهل فيما يصف.
مجموعة قصصية من أجمل ما يكون عن نماذج بشرية بسيطة , استطاع من خلالها الكاتب أن يمزج الرمزية بالخيال بالواقعية لينتج لنا عمل أدبي محترم.

12 قصة قصيرة اختلفت في الطول والشخصيات وحتى الإسلوب , فقدمت لنا نماذج قصصية مرهقة ومتعبة للغاية , ويبدو أنها قد أرهقت الكاتب نفسه ليخرج لنا هذا النموذج المميز.

وكالعادة : يبدو اننا لكي نتذوق أدب جيمس جويس , أن نقرأ له بلغته الأم , فهذا مجال إبداعه الحقيقي , وهذا ليس معناه أن الترجمة سيئة, ال
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Jessica
My displeasure with Dubliners, and my general distaste for James Joyce, is a long-standing fact. I won't waste space here by trash-talking "The Dead" like I usually do. The only story I really like in this collection is "Eveline."

I know, I'm the worst English major ever.
Yann


Comme je ne voulais pas rester sur la mauvaise impression que m'avait laissé son Ulysse, j'ai essayé ces petites nouvelles de Joyce qui prennent place dans le Dublin du siècle dernier. Quelque part, je ne me suis pas senti totalement dépaysé: un pays froid, humide et vert, un catholicisme visible et présent, et des indépendantistes parlant une langue celte et se passionnant pour un folklore qui se joue à la harpe. Bretagne et Irlande ont des atomes crochus, sans être bien sûr identiques.

D'un cer
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Mahdi
مثال بسیار مناسبی برای خوندن یک کتاب در زمان نامناسب.
من این کتاب رو سال سوم دبیرستان خوندم. تا یه سال قبلش، هنوز کتاب های شرلوک هلمز و پوارو و کتاب های ایزاک آسیموف میخوندم. بعد، این رو خوندم. معلومه که بیشتر داستاناش رو به زور تموم کردم، فقط چون توی کلاس داستان نویسی، استادمون گفت که جیمز جویس، یکی از نویسنده های بزرگه و فکر میکردم حتماً به عنوان یه نویسنده (!) باید کتابشو بخونم و کسی نبود که بهم بگه این نویسنده برای این سن نیست.
نتیجه؟ تقریباً هیچی از داستان ها نفهمیدم، از جیمز جویس تا سال ها
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Stela

The Winter of Our Oblivion

Joyce, you have to take him in small doses, carefully tasted and swallowed. Do not expect to like his universe, do not expect to lose yourself in some kind of epic bliss. You can never choose to be a first-level reader of his books (to use Umberto Eco‘s terminology), only a second-level one, that is, one who looks rather for how than for what it is told. If you don’t, the grey desperation of his characters can easily become your own, since their epiphanies are all abou
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Simona Bartolotta
I pensieri mi scappavano via. Gli impegni seri della vita, che ora parevano separarmi dai miei desideri, mi sembravano un gioco infantile, antipatico e noioso. (dal racconto 'Arabia')

Dopo aver letto i primi racconti ero abbastanza perplessa. Il fatto è che c'era qualcosa, in questo libro, che non mi convinceva affatto; mi sembrava che ogni racconto non finisse mai, ma una volta letta l'ultima parola di ognuno si raccartocciassero su se stessi e le vite dei personaggi riprendessero a scorrere dac
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Lou
The wonderful stories within the Dubliners have stood the test of time and provided a wonderful eye-opening glimpse a retrospective look through the keyhole of lives in Dublin. The introduction to this new edition adequately describes ‘Dubliners’ by the writer Colm Toibin.

“That idea of shabby, solitary and secretive lives-men moving alone, their lives half fueled by alcohol, men trapped in their work, living in a mean boarding house, or in bare rooms, men with some education but scant hope- mak
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Eleanor
For some reason, these stories left me cold. No doubt this is my lack rather than the author's. I couldn't bring myself to care about the people in the stories, and I didn't warm to Joyce's style of starting and stopping his stories apparently aimlessly. I have read that in each story there is supposed to be a moment of epiphany for the central character. Really? I seem to have missed them: for example, where is the epiphany for the central character in "Counterparts" who finishes up going home ...more
Gearóid
Really excellent stories.
Hard to believe Joyce wrote this at 25 years of age.
Very interesting for me to read as it all seemed strangely
familiar because of course I know a lot of the places he
describes but also because of stories my dad and grandparents
have old me over the years about Dublin in the olden days.

I am glad to have read this as I have struggled with Ulysses
for so long and now feel my journey with Joyce has finally
started!

Very rich and beautiful use of the English language.
Jenny (adultishbooks)
3.5 stars

I am really surprised I liked James Joyce. Joyce is an intimidating author to delve into and I am pleased I started with this work. With any short story collection, there are stinkers and there are gems. However, this collection is strong overall and there were only a couple I was not into.

Dubliners is truly a love letter to Dublin and its people. Each story was different enough but was tied together with similar themes, including the use of epiphany. Each story was straightforward but
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Katherine
There are a few authors, and many books, that for reasons unknown to me have been carefully ignored by my senses. I think because I believed them to be too hard for me to conquer at one time, and the imprint of that fallacy remained long after my tastes morphed and grew. There have been times in my past where I was less willing to challenge myself, and many of these authors just seemed impossible. Once I left school I discovered the desire to change this, and James Joyce is one of those whales. ...more
AC
An argument certainly can be made that these are not 'merely' short stories; there are some intimiate interconnections (the first and last stories, for instance, being of death). But surely it does not rise to the level of being a novel.

At any rate, as Ellmann shows (pp. 83-85), Dubliners arose out of a series of mood vignettes that Joyce was working on from 1900-1903, and which he called 'epiphanies':

"The epiphany does not mean for Joyce the manifestation of godhead, the showing forth of Chris
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Erelin
This Was my first introduction to famous James Joyce. I decided I should start with some of his shorter works before tackling Ulysses. I should start by saying that I am definitely in awe of Joyce's genius, his amazing, almost supernatural talent, and that I feel that there is so much an aspiring writer can learn from him. I definitely agree that he is amongst the greatest writers who have ever lived. So I bow down before him and give him all the glory he deserves. However, having said that, I f ...more
Nesli
Kitabın genelinde öyküler birbirleriyle bağlantılı değil, hiçbiri bir başkasının devamı şeklinde değil yani ama bazen öyle hissettim okurken. Sanırım sıralanış şekli yüzünden böyle oldu. Bunun dışında tüm öyküler harika değil, içlerinde favori olmaya aday olanlar var, mesela Üzücü Bir Olay gerçekten çarpıcıydı. Pansiyon adlı öyküyü de beğendim. Ölüler'in bitişi güzeldi. Eveline ve Bir Karşılaşma da fena değildi.

Karamsar bir hava var tüm öykülerde. Sıralanış şekli çocuklukla ilgili olanlardan öl
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James Joyce (1882-1941), Irish novelist, noted for his experimental use of language in such works as Ulysses (1922) and Finnegans Wake (1939). Joyce's technical innovations in the art of the novel include an extensive use of interior monologue; he used a complex network of s
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