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My Brother's Keeper: James Joyce's Early Years

3.62  ·  Rating Details ·  78 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Stanislaus Joyce was more than his brother's keeper: he was at various times his brother's co-dependent, touchstone, conscience, and biggest fan. The two shared the same genius, the same childhood influences, and had the same literary instinct, but in Stanislaus it was channeled into sober academic pursuit, while in James it evolved into gaiety, wild whimsy, and at times s ...more
Paperback, 292 pages
Published May 15th 2003 by Da Capo Press (first published 1957)
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Michael
Jul 07, 2015 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Das durchaus kritische Vorwort von T.S. Eliot hat seine Berechtigung: Was gehen den Leser die privaten Details aus dem Leben eines Autors an? Diese Frage ist berechtigt und muss immer wieder neu beantwortet werden.
Da Joyce kleinste Details aus seinem Leben in Dublin in sein Werk eingebracht hat, ist die Biografie seiner Jugendjahre durch Bruder Stanislaus natürlich gerechtfertigt und kann unter anderem als Ansammlung von Mikrokommentaren und Fußnoten zum Werk des Meisters gelesen werden. MEINES
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Abimelech Abimelech
May 06, 2014 Abimelech Abimelech rated it did not like it
Third or fourth time picked up over the years - Joyce's younger brother chronicles the first two decades and change of life w/ James in this incomplete text. For those with even the most basic education in Joycean studies, there is not much new here. This text will work well for readers turned off from most Joyce texts, but recall enjoying Arab in high school. It is fitting, in that Stanislaus, whom died on Bloomsday, did not care for Joyce's masterpieces, but insisted throughout his life he go ...more
Marie
May 21, 2015 Marie rated it it was ok
It was interesting to know more about James Joyce's life in an informal light, and to have a quick look at how personal experience shaped and influenced his work, as well as how he reworked phrases from his brother and family into his fiction. But, apart from that it was a bit frustrating that Stanislaus Joyce could not stop badmouthing the Jesuits and the Church in general. It became boring and repetitive, and I don't care that he was always convinced that despite having been more devout, at th ...more
Mark
May 09, 2010 Mark rated it really liked it
Stanislaus' style has "the touch of the artist" in it as his brother might well say, but at times it hits kinks,very convoluted phrases that need hard ironing. Overall, the book unfolds the two brother's early life and reveals more nitches of his brother's character, areas of his personality I have not read about before. For example, joyce, even for all his hatred of the Roman Catholic Church, was not expressly athiestic rather he was deeply moved and inspired by the artistic idea of spiritualit ...more
David Elliott
Jan 04, 2014 David Elliott rated it it was amazing
A revelatory account of the lived values of James Joyce, as experienced and witnessed by his bother Stanislaus. Other than Ellmann's works, and differently, this is the single most powerful and eloquent account of the "man behind the screen." A brief, incisive, balanced vision.
Layton
Jan 29, 2013 Layton added it


Stanislaus Joyce comes across as a self serving ass who wrote a book about his brother in order to secure his place in history, in his brothers shadow. I discourage you greatly from wasting your time and energy on this useless babble.
Paul
Aug 27, 2012 Paul rated it liked it
Interesting personal account of Joyce's early years. The first section about childhood is the most illuminating, and fills in a lot on the author's character. Stanislaus is a competent writer himself, and shows a good sense of humour in places.
Padraic
Mar 05, 2009 Padraic rated it it was amazing
Oh my - the high cost of finding oneself in the same nest as a genius. James made much of fleeing the nets, but poor Stan seemed forever caught up in the webbing, albeit happily. Amazing how often genius is supported by willing handmaidens.
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