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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by John Blades
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Jun 02, 2008

really liked it
Read in January, 1982

I read this many years ago, but I truly enjoyed it. r

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Carolyn Taylor (Matthews) I`m re-reading this book - last read about 25 years ago. I am in awe of the writing, the characterizations, the mood, the settings, and movement from one scene to another and Joyce shows Stephen's mother's hard life in a brief word here and there...her red eyes in the railway carriage after having their home auctioned off and the family sliding into poverty.
"Do you love your mother?' asks Cranly. "I don't know what that word means," Stephen says.
"Has your mother had a happy life?"
"How do I know?"
"How many children has she...?
"Nine or ten - some died."
The scene where Stephen stood on the brink of entering the priesthood, the whole dialogue and discussion of faith and the church,how it both pulled and repelled the young man...great passages with wonderful economy of words. Brilliant dialogue among the college students. Fabulous monolgues...the most superb writing scarcely equalled...

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