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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man: Text, Criticism & Notes (Viking Critical Library)
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The above mentioned quote from Ovid, which appears at the start of the work, best describes the conclusion of a journey of an artist through his self, trying to come up with things that matter most, while still trying to discern his place in this world.
I still remember the day, when as a teenager, ready to explore the world around me, I, once looked up in the sky, which was sunny and inspiring, and ...more
And there he was following the alleys, away from his original filial shell, searching where the way would take him, and there were icons on the walls. Icons of guilt, icons of duty. Some promised a reality beyond those grey walls announcing that there would be more light – but still imagined. Some pretended a glorious past and a glorious and heroic future for the community -- an imaginary polity.
Captivating nets of restricting nationalism, coined discourses and gelled devotions.
He took the tur ...more
"Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed. A yellow dressinggown, ungirdled, was sustained gently behind him on the mild morning air. He held the bowl aloft and intoned:
- Introibo ad altare Dei."
At the last minute, before witnessing Buck Mulligan mocking one of church's most important celebratory traditions and embarking on my odyssey with Ulysses, I decided to take the time to get acquainted with Step ...more
(Note : this is not part of the current ongoing Celebrity Death Match series organised by Manny but I thought I would revive it as a companion piece)
BUCK MULLIGAN : Come on, kinch, you fearful jesuit. I’ve got a tenner on this so I have so get in that square ring and batter this lollybogger senseless.
STEPHEN : Pro quibus tibi offérimus, vel qui tibi ófferunt hoc sacrifícium laudis.
BUCK MULLIGAN : Give us a rest of your g ...more
Forget the complexity of his prose (see Ulysses and Finnegan’s Wake for the really outlandish bits). Forget his literary stature. Forget his Ireland and his guilt and his Christ. Portrait provides the reader with a character with such depth and realism that I almost can’t stop crapping my pants thinking about it. His approach in crafting Stephen Dedalus (and, thus, himself) is profound, and Joyce would be legend by this invention alone. The ...more
I read the book first in college (not for a course), then a second time a couple years ago. The 40+ year gap provided an interesting test as to what would seem familiar and what wouldn't. I barely recognized the earlier parts of the novel, more recollection (not very detailed) as I progressed. Finally I reached the end, and was shocked as I read th ...more
We can read A Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man as a prequel to Ulyssess but if we reject for a while first associations then what's left ? An intimate, inner portrait of a young man who attempts to define himself as a man and an artist. If we read it this way - then it is simply an universal story about the torments of adolescence and search for his own identity, his own voice.
Stephen Dedalus, overwhelmed by Irish God-and-Homeland tradition, is suffocating by provincionalism of late 19th ...more
"For ages, men [have] gazed upward as [they've been] gazing at birds in flight."
Not surprisingly for a novel whose principal character is "Dedalus", its core theme is flight, in two senses: departure (or escape from captivity) and ascent (if not ascension).
When we meet Stephen Dedalus, he is an infant, a "baby tuckoo", a bird whose wings have not yet grown or become functional.
Over the course of five chapters, we witness him flee family, church, politics, country and pedestri ...more
"Already in the preface to Richard Wagner it is asserted that art—and not morality—is the true metaphysical activity of man; several times in the book itself the provocative sentence recurs that the existence of the world is justified (gerechtfertigt) only as an aesthetic phenomenon." –Friedrich Nietzsche, The Birth of Tragedy
The moon has been sighted, the siren is sounding through the air and Eid celebrations have begun here where I sit writing. The hol ...more
There are sections which appealed to me (a priestly sermon on the damnation of ones soul into hell is particularly vivid), but by and large the plot line was too disjointed for me to engage with. Uncertain of exactly where I had been or what path the novel was taking me, I found m ...more
Novel - executed in the fine tradition of the autobiographical novels of the European romantic movement.
Artist - an Epicurean with a studied bookish air and an affected intellectual confidence; narcissistic, if endearingly earnest; frightened away from his equals and home; looking for a worthy platform, to place the burden of the blame. An ‘artist’ only by self-definition who concludes too grandly and too futilely and too prematurely. Definitely no Künstlerroman. Can’t wait for th ...more
I will write something briefly about the book, soon I reckon.
(view spoiler)[PREVIEW, OR A REVIEW OF THE PREFACE!
I skip long introductory notes to works of fiction and proceed directly to the text. But since the introduction titled "Life & Times: About the Author" was only four-and-a-quarter pages long, I made an exception this time round, and decided to skim through it. After all how much the writer ...more
There are writers I've never got around to reading. There are others I've spent decades avoiding. Joyce is in the second category. I picked up Ulysses once or twice when I was in my twenties, read a few lines and allowed myself to be completely intimidated. However, I've recently developed an interest in expatriate writers in Paris in the 1920s and 1930s. A couple of months ago I read the very interesting Sylvia Beach's memoir of this period and I'm currently reading Noël Riley Fitch's biography ...more
I had to take some time to gather my thoughts for this one. 'Portrait' brought it home on a number of levels for me.
I had, in the years I spent in Dublin, personally experienced the still suffocating pressure of the Catholic Church on this 'secular' state, as much as I ever had in Portugal. 'Portrait' exposes this in its smaller, most important form, the individual struggles of the soul's perception of itself against its or ...more
A proper review, perhaps, tomorrow. But for now, two points:
1.) see my comments on Dubliners: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
2.) One key passage, again from part V. Stephen is already allowing his mind to be drawn away from realism (meaning) towards the 'vocalism' (if I can put it thus) that marks Ulysses and Finnegan's Wake:
"Through this image he had a glimpse of a strange dark cavern of speculation but at once turned away from it, feeling that it was not yet the hour ...more
Completed in its completeness back in the handsome daze of 2007 and partially re-read (up to p160) on Dec 5 2012. I emerged battered from the fiery pulpit chapter, hell licking at my wary eyeballs as Dedalus blubbers his sins in the confessional, hankering for some sin-making and utterly, totally and completely ready to never read this again. I wrote a very detailed review on September 7th 2007 at the moist age of twenty. Excuse the cute naivety of my prose.
The Very Essence of Adolescen ...more
I have Irish Catholic heritage, so the early part of the book was mildly interesting because I could relate to the quasi-gnosticism of the priests in the boys' school.
Later on I stuck with it because I kept thinking that, eventually, there had to be some flesh-and-blood characters that I'd care about, some relationships between people (or even some realistic conversations), a tiny bit of action taking place outs ...more
22 January 2015
Well, here is a portrait of an artist as a young man:
though I am not sure if that is the type of artist that Joyce was referring to when he wrote this book, so maybe this one would be a little better:
yet considering that this book is semi-autobiographical maybe, just maybe, this would be a better one:
Unfortunately, I would hardly say that he is a young man in this particular painting, and since it wasn't until 1916 when he published A Portrait of an ...more
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