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"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, 256 pages
Published April 3rd 1991 by Signet Classics (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
Bookworm Sean
Life is full of missed opportunities and hard decisions. Sometimes it’s difficult to know what to actually do. Dubliners creates an image of an ever movie city, of an ever moving exchange of people who experience the reality of life. And that’s the whole point: realism. Not everything goes well, not everything is perfectly constructed. Life is random and unpredictable. If we’re not careful it may escape from us entirely.

There are two types of stories in Dubliners. The first, and by far the m
Jul 13, 2012 Lyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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” t
Rakhi Dalal
Apr 21, 2013 Rakhi Dalal rated it it was amazing  ·  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
James Joyce once said; "If Dublin suddenly disappeared from the Earth it could be reconstructed out of my book Ulysses". I have never been to Dublin so I have no idea what it's like today, but through Joyce's writings I have a sense of what it was like in the early 20th century. It not so much that he describes the physical city, but his descriptions of it's establishments, it's social and political atmosphere, and especially it's people, is so detailed and complete that the physical picture jus ...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
Rajat Ubhaykar
Apr 15, 2011 Rajat Ubhaykar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
"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
Oct 08, 2013 Dem rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of short stories/classics
Recommended to Dem by: Book club Read
A collection of 15 short stroies by James Joyce all set in Dublin and first published in 1914.
They form a naturalistic depiction of Irish Middle class sife in around Dublin in in the early years of the 20th Century.

This is my second reading of this collection and this time I listened to the audio book which was narrated by Jim Norton and his Dublin accent was excellent and he really does bring the book alive with his rich voice.

The stroies were all written when Nationalism was at its peak in Ire
Nov 20, 2016 Cheryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-shorts, vintage
Dubliners is a good collection to read on a quiet Sunday evening, if only to disappear from the rest of the world and into Joyce's version of Dublin, Ireland. It's also a good feeling to delve into a book that was accepted for publication in 1904, and yet, "due to puritan prudery, it got passed from fearful publisher to fearful publisher" until someone had the good sense to publish it nine years later. Thank you for the publication and for reiterating Joyce's reasons of isolation from Victorian ...more
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
Robin Tell-Drake
Aug 07, 2010 Robin Tell-Drake rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literary
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
Οι Δουβλινέζοι είναι τύποι παρακμιακοί, από την άποψη ότι ζούν στο περιθώριο της ζωής. Σε καμία ιστορία δεν συμβαίνουν συγκλονιστικά μυθιστορηματικού τύπου γεγονότα. Σε κάθε μία όμως από αυτές ο εκάστοτε πρωταγωνιστής βρίσκεται αντιμέτωπος με μια αλλαγή( είτε το θέλει είτε όχι) ή θέλει να υπάρξει μια αλλαγή στην ζωή του. Μικρά, ασήμαντα, εξωτερικά γεγονότα πυροδοτούν τις αγωνίες και τους προβληματισμούς των χαρακτήρων, τους εκθέτουν και τους ταράσσουν περιμένοντας πολλά αλλα παραμένοντας δέσμιοι ...more
Aug 18, 2012 Selby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
sweet jane
Mar 05, 2016 sweet jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Η πρώτη μου επαφή με τον James Joyce δεν ήταν όπως την περίμενα. Από τα διηγήματα μου άρεσαν τρία ή τέσσερα και οφείλω να ομολογήσω ότι η βαθμολογία βασίστηκε αποκλειστικά σε αυτά.
Επίσης, η μετάφραση δεν ήταν καλή. Ίσως η έκδοση που είχα να μην ήταν αρκετά προσεγμένη, γιατί σε κάποια σημεία ο λόγος έτρεχε νερό και σε άλλα ήταν σαν να ανεβαίνει ανάποδο ρεύμα.
Σίγουρα θα προσπαθήσω να διαβάσω κάποια στιγμή τον Οδυσσέα, οπότε με τον Joyce έχουμε ακόμα μέλλον.
My first ever Joyce and I have to say that I approached this book with a lot of trepidation and yet a curious feeling that I just can’t describe but one can associate with such authors and their books. With Finnegan’s Wake and Ulysses on my ‘I hope to read and understand someday’ shelf, given their notoriety for their abstract and difficult prose, it is no surprise that one would approach Joyce with such feelings. Nevertheless, I picked this one up for two reasons. Firstly, because I am visiting ...more
Mar 05, 2013 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook

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
Jun 20, 2015 Ahmed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
I read James Joyce's Dubliners years ago, when I was mostly reading short stories. Well, I loved them all. 5 stars.

Lada Fleur
Sep 25, 2016 Lada Fleur rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Magnificent. A real work of literary piece of art. It is sublime. It is the author's complsion to present the beauty of the secret soul of Dublin people , inner mobilities of their hert, in their contorsions. Moving, deeply moving , touching revulsion-like experience of set-in habits and customs of the country, of one city, it is the cartography of the city. It is more than a mere collection of short stories. It is inhabited by compartiments of lives of desesperations. From the Sisters to the De ...more
Feb 01, 2008 Jacob rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own, short-fiction, 2013
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
Aug 03, 2008 John rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Jul 22, 2007 Emma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 24, 2007 Jessica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic-fiction
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.
Pooya Kiani
نابِ ناب. ادبیات خالص. حقیقت مجسم. عزیز.
Jun 04, 2007 Kelly rated it liked it  ·  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
Ανυπόφορη υλιστική καθημερινότητα. Την περιγράφει εξαίσια. Εμένα όμως δε με κέρδισε. Παίρνει όμως τα 3 αστέρια για ένα απ' τα διηγήματα που διαφαίνεται το απύθμενο σκοτάδι που μπορεί να κρύβει μια ανθρώπινη ψυχή. Δε θυμάμαι τον τίτλο, στο βασικό στόρι αναφέρεται σε δυο μαθητές που κάνουν σκασιαρχείο.

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
Brian Yahn
Araby and The Dead probably are two of the best short stories ever written, but other than those two, nothing in this collection stood out to me. Joyce's prose is equal parts excellent and dated, making it something at times I really enjoyed, and others hated. In general, I'm a big fan of accessible books, and while these stories are by no means Finnegans Wake, they're still a little too symbolic for my taste, still to light on plot and character personalities to hold my interest.
Kyriakos Sorokkou
The nearest to Dublin I've been was at Holyhead Island in Wales, 97mi. from Dublin. I haven't visit it yet but I feel that I lived there for a few days while reading the Dubliners. And I'll visit the city again while reading Ulysses. What remains now is to visit the city in flesh as well and join the corporeal with the spiritual experience of Dublin.


I've read Dubliners back in 2012, my last year at university. The course was Modernism/Postmodernism.
Even though Dubliners didn't have the modernist
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James Joyce, 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 symbolic parallels drawn from the mythology, history, and literature, and created a unique language of invented words, puns, and allusions ...more
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