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Through what Joyce described as their "style of scrupulous meanness," the stories present a direct, sometimes searing view of Dublin in the early twentieth century. The text of this Norton Critical Edition is based on renowned Joyce scholar Hans Walter Gabler s edited text and includes his editorial notes and the introduction to his scholarly edition, which details and dis ...more
Paperback, 369 pages
Published February 1st 2006 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published January 1st 1914)
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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


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
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
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
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

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
Robin Tell
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

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
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
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
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
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

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
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.
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

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 trama bliss. You must 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 for how and not for what it is told. The epiphanies of his characters are all about dullness and hopelessness, about bleakly understanding their lives and resigning to their fate.

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
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
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
These aren't the most exciting short stories ever written. They were written by Joyce, though, so that sets them on a level of Literature that most writers can only dream of. It also means that they are worthy of study, and that the time spent studying them will be well spent.

Terence Brown's Introduction shows that he has studied these stories for a long time, and his Notes make it apparent that there is not a word, a slang term, a Dublin location, nor a historical reference in the stories that
This is my first experience of Joyce and I really liked it. I read it in Persian and unfortunately the translation wasn't so good, but even with that translation it was so clear to me what a treasure it was.

Joyce knows everything; every small step, every small gesture. He lives in the present moment. He sees the people: how they feel, how they think, how they speak. A genius psychologist; a genius writer!

Reading this collection of short stories shows me every little emotional experience in life
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
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
Supreet *The Cupcake Queen*
God I don't even understand half of I don't know how I felt. I just hope I don't fail this!
Justin Evans
In a traitorous reversal of my usual approach, I give this edition of Dubliners five stars, and the stories themselves two. Jeri Johnson has produced more or less an academic edition at an outrageously cheap price; her introduction is excellent--providing background to the writing and publishing of the work, and solid readings of a few stories; her notes are *extremely* extensive (to the point that she annotates words I'm pretty sure I knew in middle school). So, excellent job there.

On the othe
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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
The worst of it is that I know I’ve read this before. Some of the stories I would have read more than once before too. So, why is it that so few of them have stayed with me?

There are other stories I've read in my life that I could nearly recite to you and bits of poetry I quite literally could recite – in fact, one of my less amusing party tricks is to do just that with endless tracts of The Waste Land. One of the less attractive costs of over-indulging in alcohol…

I think my main problem with t
Dan Porter
Much better than I expected, considering my only other experience with Joyce is Ulysses . "The Dead" is particularly good.
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