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3.35  ·  Rating Details ·  901 Ratings  ·  53 Reviews
The only extant play by the great Irish novelist, Exiles is of interest both for its autobiographical content and for formal reasons. In the characters and their circumstances details of Joyce's life are evident. The main character, Richard Rowan, the moody, tormented writer who is at odds with both his wife and the parochial Irish society around him, is clearly a portrait ...more
Paperback, 154 pages
Published 2003 by Prometheus Books (first published 1918)
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Seemita
May 04, 2015 Seemita rated it liked it
Shelves: play
The Heart flutters. Fill it to brim with love and it still flutters at the corners for freedom. Dump in a handful of greed and it continues to flutter in the remaining space for ablution. Allow peace to be its sole tenant and it still flutters at the bottom for silent passion.

What do you do of the adamant, furtive heart? One who doesn’t know bowing, doesn’t recognize rules, doesn’t believe in silence, doesn’t belong to society? What can you possibly make it understand when all the understanding
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Jonfaith
Dec 13, 2015 Jonfaith rated it it was amazing
You may then know in soul and body, a hundred forms, and ever restlessly, what some old theologian, Duns Scotus, I think, called a death of the spirit.

There is a muddy dip of uncertainty surrounding this piece. I have been addled by overwork for over a month and having found this paperback a few weeks back I kept it in reserve: circumstances rewarding portability have grown common. My expectations for Exiles were of a bridge, another route to Ulysses and the Wake. The opening act appeared to a
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Simon Mcleish
Nov 10, 2012 Simon Mcleish rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
Originally published on my blog here in May 2001.

Of all Joyce's mature writing, his only play is probably the least well known. It is also one of his least successful pieces, never having had much success on the stage. Displaying an unusual lack of confidence, it shows its influences strongly.

The Exiles manages to simultaneously be dull enough to seem longer than it is and unsatisfying enough to seem shorter. This is because Joyce gives all the real character to the part of Richard; neither he n
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John
Apr 15, 2011 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays
I'm not a fan of Joyce, which probably explains why I really liked this play. Exiles is much more straightforward than any of his novels, and far more dramatic and interesting than any of the short stories in The Dubliners. I decided to give it a try after hearing that it was by far his most "conventional" work, a term which appeals to me in respect to authors like James Joyce and William Faulkner. If you like stories where you have to wrestle with every sentence in order to appreciate their sub ...more
Yair Ben-Zvi
I was going to start this with a 'Joyce is to English and world literature what x is to y...' but, I'll go one better and just say that Joyce just IS literature. The man embodied so much of what's great and horrible about writers, about the craft, about the simplicity of telling a story versus the herculean nonsense that is the extracting of meaning, new, old, completely invented or absolute truth, from that writing. Joyce was brilliant and revolutionary. He completely shifted the course of Engl ...more
Ivan Damjanović
Prilično zastarjela melodrama (zbog tematike), bar na prvu. Glavni lik Richard, očito Joyceov alter-ego nejasan je, „nema do kraja istesane karakterne crte“.
Činilo se da će biti neke zavrzlame s ljubavnim četverokutom, ali ispalo je samo hrpa dijaloga.
Filozofija partnerskih odnosa – sloboda ili vjernost. Pitanje posesivnosti.
Studija o odnosu ljubavi i slobode na pragu moderniteta u kulturi. (I. Vidan)
Odnos s majkom usp. Mauriacova Genitrix.
Ima solidnih dramatskih trenutaka (npr. 262)
243 stavljan
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Reza
Mar 08, 2009 Reza added it
نمایشنامه تبعیدی ها: جیمز جویس
شخصيت ها
ريچارد روان: نويسنده
برتا: همسر ریچارد
آرچي: پسر آنها، هشت ساله
رابرت هَند: روزنامه نگار
بئاتريس جاستيس: دختر دايي رابرت، معلم موسيقي
بريجيد: خدمتكار مسن خانواده روان
يك زن ماهي فروش
جیمز آگوستین آلوی ژیوس جویس، مشهور به جیمز جویس در فوریه ( بهمن) در دوبلین پایتخت ایرلند چشم به جهان گشود. وی در ژانویه در حالی که از درد چشم و فقر و بیماری رنج می برد، در زوریخ چشم از جهان فروبست.
سیر روایی نمایشنامه :
ریچارد که خود را به تبعیدی خود خواسته وا داشته است و از دوبلین
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Ivana
Nov 06, 2011 Ivana rated it liked it
I feel this play could have been better but I cannot define precisely how. I cannot picture it on stage, but that does not bother me, I've loved many "only to read" plays. Perhaps with some editing and rewriting Exiles could have been really great. ( Here I go with the maybes: If it had been a great success would it have been edited and improved? Ah, questions, questions) It has the potential without doubt, it has some wonderful dialogues but I feel something is missing. It may be that Joyce's t ...more
Baiocco
Do you have to read Ulysses? No. But you shouldn't be scared of it either. Just jump right in and quit being a pussy. Joyce was an Aquarius and if the fruit of his labor was Ulysses than it is genuinely the work of the Water Bearer: it just keeps giving, giving, giving to parched lips. Don't expect anything from it and you'll be rewarded 10 fold. But don't try to quantify it either, because it was designed to reject that kind of thinking--a truly unique spirit. There is a lot going on in there, ...more
Marie
May 25, 2015 Marie rated it really liked it
Picture a strong Ibsen influence, yet more autobiographical, more unique and with a happy end. It sure gets you thinking, after all it's more than a complex triangle. It's about the implications of love and commitment, of life and freedom. You manage to empathize with some of the characters even if you'd never would do this game of self damage.
David
Jul 19, 2016 David rated it liked it
Exiles, a 3-act play by James Joyce, is centered on a love-triangle between Richard Rowan, his wife Bertha, and Robert Hand, Richard's longtime friend. Their conversation rapidly dribbles out little tidbits that bring a slew of questions to the mind of the reader (or audience). Questions like, "What kind of wild past did these two guys enjoy?" Or, "Does Richard want his friend and his wife to get together?" And perhaps most of all, "Why did James Joyce try to write a play?"

That's just it. A dra
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حسن عدس
مفهمتش اغلبها وكل الرفيوهات انجليزي
Mat
Dec 30, 2014 Mat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the greatest plays I have ever read.
Unlike some of Joyce's other works, this one is a nice and short and straight-forward story.

Exiles is the story of a love rectangle (not just a love triangle) and if Jimmy had been born half a century later, he might just have been down for the wife-swapping phenomenon. He definitely was a libertine so no wonder he didn't stick around in Ireland and its stifling uber-conservative Catholic society at the time.

There is great tension in the play between
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H
Oct 29, 2009 H added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama
"I have wounded my soul for you -- a deep wound of doubt which can never be healed. I can never know, never in this world. I do not wish to know or to believe. I do not care. It is not in the darkness of belief that I desire you. But in restless living wounding doubt. To hold you by no bonds, even of love, to be united with you in body and soul in utter nakedness -- for this I longed. And now I am tired for a while, Bertha. My wound tires me."
Wes
Apr 04, 2013 Wes rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Although this play draws upon 'The Dead,' I felt that Exiles had far less of an emotional impact than the stories in Dubliners, in general. I only gradually developed a mental picture of the set and the characters, which I could finally visualize by about halfway through the Second Act; I'd really love to see the work performed.
Mallory
Mar 20, 2016 Mallory rated it liked it
Estrangement - from family, friends, lovers, homeland - is the theme running through this short play. Ireland in 1912 is a "you can't go home again" type world for the main character Richard Rowan, who has been abroad many years and whose new, progressive ideas and views don't fit with his old life and country. I didn't always get the subtext or understand everything going on here. It might have been clearer for me if I read an edition that contained notes or commentary.

Favorite quotes: "I thin
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Melting Uncle
Apr 20, 2015 Melting Uncle rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished2015

Worst JJ book is better than everybody else's best!

edit-
On second thought this is good but pretty forgettable. Fun for JJ fans, tho!
Semnebune
Sep 23, 2014 Semnebune rated it it was amazing
Pe James Joyce lumea și-l amintește îndeosebi ori ca pe „tipul ăla irlandez, ciudat și care a scris cartea aia, Ulise, pe care toată lumea bună spune că a citit-o, dar de fapt nimeni nu o prea citește” sau ca pe autorul unei „cărți ilizibile”, Finnegans Wake. Cei mai mulți au citit Portretul artistului la tinerețe sau Oameni din Dublin (Dubliners, în original, și e de menționat faptul că una din cele mai bune povestiri din volum, The Dead, a fost ecranizată de John Huston în 1987), fiindcă sunt ...more
Frederick
Jan 15, 2008 Frederick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Actors
Shelves: plays, joyce
I am recommending this for two reasons.
The first is that the introduction is by Conor McPherson, a playwright whose works (among them THE SEAFARER, which is currently on Broadway) take a cue from Joyce and Yeats.
The second reason is that this volume contains a twelve-page set of notes by Joyce himself.
It's handy to have EXILES by itself. I've only noticed it previously contained in THE PORTABLE JOYCE, which, I think, has gone out of print. [It hasn't. It's even been corrected to show dashes ins
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Chris
Sep 10, 2016 Chris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A dusty melodrama that aspires to Ibsen but feels shallow. There are moments where realism is attempted as those are the strongest, but so much of the play is the same four people talking in circles stating and restating their miseries (even though the solution is mostly simple and would make them all happy). The overall effect is tedious and slow. It's a shame because I love Joyce.
Jenny
Jag kan förstå de kritiker som hävdar att Exiles är Joyces mest misslyckade verk. Pjäsen jämförs med Ibsen och, till viss del, kan jag hålla med om det. Exiles har onekligen en likartad utformning men saknar Ibsens anspel på människans inre liv. Pjäsen har även jämförts med Joyces egna verk och man menar med detta att den saknar mycket av hans riklighet, bredd och förtrollning. Det är jättetrist men jag kan inget annat än att hålla med. Exiles är en intressant pjäs, naturalismen var en mycket sp ...more
Cody
Dec 15, 2013 Cody rated it liked it
Not entirely coherent. The dynamic of the two couples unbalanced, and Richard takes center stage. Unfortunately, we relate more to the intuitiveness of his wife, Bertha, than we do in any way to him. She spends the majority of the play dutifully following his wishes, though she finally reveals her own personal thoughts on the last few pages--similar to Molly Bloom in "Ulysses"--and leaves the reader with a somewhat satisfactory conclusion, but you still wish she'd spoken up much earlier. The pie ...more
Xandra
Jun 10, 2016 Xandra rated it it was ok
This reads like underdeveloped Ibsen fanfiction. And Ibsen is not that great to begin with. The good news is that Joyce is actually a really good playwright when he doesn’t try to pay homage to his idols and stays true to himself, as demonstrated in Circe, the brilliant chapter of Ulysses written in the form of a play. That’s something I’d gladly pay the price of admission to see. Or, remember Mulligan’s idea for a play, “Everyman His own Wife or A Honeymoon in the Hand (a national immorality in ...more
Elizabeth
Nov 05, 2015 Elizabeth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I can't tell if Jimmy has a soul patch or a goat patch on the cover of this edition. The ambiguity of facial hairstyle created a sense of tension that leapt out of the photo. As for the play, I might revisit it when I'm having trouble sleeping.
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Oct 03, 2010 §-- rated it did not like it
Shelves: plays
Disclaimer: I hate Ibsen.

Tedious. Please. No one make me read this again. Please. Please.

How could someone make such a juicy soap-opera-type story so boring? There were a couple of good lines, but even Joyce's notes on Exiles in the back are a bunch of nonsense. It's too bad he didn't make this into a novel; it might've been good.

Has he ever heard of editing? Of cutting? I mean, I like Eugene O'Neill--he overwrites. This makes O'Neill look like Beckett. Except if Beckett sucked. It's hard to fi
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Jason Fritz
Sep 20, 2013 Jason Fritz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stylistically, Exiles is very different from any of Joyce's novels, but the themes are not. Its ties to Ulysses are most apparent: Richard/Stephen and Robert/Bloom, renunciation, humiliation, physical depravity, etc. This particularly true of the Richard-Stephen-Hamlet relationship.

The exacting setting of the acts by the author cause the play to read almost like a novel, but not a Joyce novel. He rarely played with words as he did in his other works. There characters are (naturally) not develop
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Маx Nestelieiev
поганий переклад доволі посередньої п'єси Джойса, з якої вже проглядається геній "Улісса".
Taryn Morris
Sep 27, 2016 Taryn Morris rated it really liked it
Makes you think.
Which kind of person are you. And why do we interact and love and make the choices that we do.
Dagmara Blažková
Mar 04, 2015 Dagmara Blažková rated it really liked it
Shelves: school
Short, easily readable play with one good twist.
Dan
Nov 14, 2014 Dan rated it did not like it
didn't like it. real crappy.
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