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This work of art reflects life in Ireland at the turn of the last century, and by rejecting euphemism, reveals to the Irish their unromantic realities. Each of the 15 stories offers glimpses into the lives of ordinary Dubliners, and collectively they paint a portrait of a nation.
Paperback, Oxford World's Classics, 207 pages
Published March 15th 2001 by Oxford University Press (first published 1914)
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Bookdragon 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
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Lyn
Jul 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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Garima

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
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Dubliners, James Joyce
عنوانها: دوبلینیها؛ مردگان؛ دوبلینی ها و نقد دوبلینی ها؛ نویسنده: جیمز جویس؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز پانزدهم اکتبر سال 1984 میلادی
عنوان: دوبلینی ها؛ نویسنده: جیمز جویس؛ مترجم: پرویز داریوش؛ تهران، اشرفی، 1346؛ در 227 ص؛ چاپ دیگر: انتشارات آبان؛ 1362؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، اساطیر، 1371؛ در 214 ص؛ شابک: 9643312410؛ موضوع: داستانهای کوتاه از نویسندگان ایرلندی - قرن 20 م
مترجم: محمدعلی صفریان، تهران، نیلوفر، چاپ نخست 1372، در 300 ص و 143 ص؛ چاپ دوم 1378؛ چاپ سوم،1383؛ چاپ پنجم 1388؛
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Kalliope


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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
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Duane
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’s not so much that he describes the physical city, but his descriptions of its establishments, its social and political atmosphere, and especially its people, is so detailed and complete that the physical picture just ...more
Fernando
Jun 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
"Irlanda es un gran país. Lo llaman la Isla Esmeralda. Después de siglos de estrangulamiento, el gobierno metropolitano la ha dejado desierta y es ahora un campo de barbecho. El gobierno sembró hambre, sífilis, superstición y alcoholismo: puritanos, jesuitas y reaccionarios crecen ahora." James Joyce

Cuando uno recorre la lista de los más grandes escritores que dio la literatura y pone especial atención en aquellos que amaron en el real sentido de la palabra a su tierra natal, la cantidad de auto
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Rakhi Dalal
Apr 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Agnieszka

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, servants, scriven
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Ted
review update – 5/15/17

The first twelve stories of Dubliners were submitted to a publisher in 1905, when Joyce was 22. They were accepted, but squeamishness on the publisher’s part kept delaying publication. Over the next three years Joyce submitted three additional stories. Finally he took the collection to a second publisher. Again it was accepted, and again it was held back. Finally, in 1914, the original publisher overcame his fears and released the volume to the public.

By now, however, Joy
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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
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Chris_P
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Reading this book is like meeting a perfect stranger at the park. The two of you sitting on a bench, they sharing their truth with you, you sharing yours with them. Just a short, yet meaningful interaction. Something with no responsibilities and no strings attached. And then, at some point, “oh, it’s two o’ clock already, I’d better be going”. And that was it. One could argue that that’s the case with all interactions in one’s life.
Joyce offers us a synthesis of people and their actions, their f
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Rajat Ubhaykar
Apr 15, 2011 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
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Cheryl
Nov 20, 2016 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
Dem
Oct 08, 2013 rated it liked it
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
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Anastasia
Jun 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
3,5*
Ιστορίες καθημερινές, χωρίς υπερβολική πλοκή και αναπάντεχες εναλλαγές. Οι χαρακτήρες κάθε διηγήματος είναι άνθρωποι απλοί, πολίτες του Δουβλίνου, ο καθένας με τις δικές του προσδοκίες, αδυναμίες και πάθη. Η λιτή εξιστόρηση των γεγονότων επικεντρώνει το ενδιαφέρον του αναγνώστη στο ψυχογράφημα των πρωταγωνιστών, που μέσα από τις καθημερινές τους συναναστροφές, τις συνήθειες και τα βιώματά τους παρουσιάζουν με τρόπο ρεαλιστικό την ατμόσφαιρα της συγκεκριμένης εποχής, τις αντιλήψεις του λαού,
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Yehya Çalî
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Dubliners is a collection of fifteen short stories
Story of a city
while you are reading, you will feel more comfortable with city and citizens
you will find many personalities that are interesting to you
this is a wonderful book that is full of emotions.
my favorites are Araby, A Little Cloud and The Dead
The Dead
Adina
Jan 21, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, stories, ireland
Another book from my project (quite successful until now) to read more classics. When I was in college and Uni I was all about contemporary literature (Marquez, Reverte, Murakami) and I missed many of the "must read" authors. I am trying to redeem myself now.

I chose the Dubliners because I knew I would never have the will and patience to finish Ulysses. I have to admit that although I understand the value of the volume and its structure, I did not like it. It bore me terribly. I fell asleep whi
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Robin Tell-Drake
Aug 07, 2010 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
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Srividya
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
Selby
Aug 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
Sure. Now everyone does it. But this stuff was new back in its day. And it's definitely Joyce so sure it's better than 99% of stuff that looks like it. It's familiar to us, this kind of fictioning. Because our best fictioneers have learned from Joyce and stuff like this. It doesn't matter when you read it ; before/after U, FW, Portrait. Because Joyce's work is one large conceptual continuity which is clear whenever reading endnotes and/or annotations to his stuff (pace that one Review ; reading ...more
Annelies
Sep 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
I must confess I dreaded a little to start reading something of James Joyce. I think I made the wright choice to start with 'Dubliners'. I really appreciated the stories although they are not always easy to understand. The last story for example begins with festivities for Christmas. At the end of the party the woman of the main charachter introduces herself. She descends from the staircase as in many ghoststories the ghost appears. One wonders if it's a ghost, if she's just an image that Gabrie ...more
John
Aug 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Yücel
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Öncelikle kitabı ilk defa okuyacaklara bir uyarım olacak; İletişim’in baskısında Murat Belge’nin önsözü kitap içinden bir miktar spoiler içeriyor; öyküler tek tek açıklanıyor kitabın başında, bu nedenle de öyküleri okuduktan sonra eş zamanlı olarak tek tek okunabilir diye düşünüyorum. Okuma zevkini de arttıracaktır.

Kitap, arka kapakta yazdığı gibi, “kaçmak isteyenlerle kaçamayanların hikayelerini” anlatıyor. Ama bunu biraz genişletmek mümkün, burada sadece belli bir yerden ya da belli bir durumd
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Ahmed
Jun 20, 2015 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
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George
Jul 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-read
This is a book of ghosts; a book full of life and death, and how lives are affected by life and death, and how the dead affected the lives of the living.

Joyce makes one feel how all of these Dubliners are living; you will get swept up in their lives. Some stories are better than others, but they all had something to bring to the life Dublin. I can see this was the first stepping stone to getting to Ulysses from the use of the daily happenings of people. I loved the links that some of the stori
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Brian Yahn
Aug 06, 2013 rated it liked it
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, and still too light on plot and character personalities to hold my interest.
David Schaafsma
“There was no doubt about it: if you wanted to succeed you had to go away. You could do nothing in Dublin.”--Joyce

"Every night as I gazed up at the window I said softly to myself the word paralysis. It had always sounded strangely in my ears, like the word gnomon in the Euclid and the word simony in the Catechism. But now it sounded to me like the name of some maleficent and sinful being. It filled me with fear, and yet I longed to be nearer to it and to look upon its deadly work.”

Dubliners is
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Reckoner
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
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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
“A few light taps upon the pane made him turn to the window. It had begun to snow again. He watched sleepily the flakes, silver and dark, falling obliquely against the lamplight. The time had come for him to set out on his journey westward. Yes, the newspapers were right: snow was general all over Ireland. It was falling on every part of the dark central plain, on the treeless hills, falling softly upon the Bog of Allen and, farther westward, softly falling into the dark mutinous Shannon waves. It was falling, too, upon every part of the lonely churchyard on the hill where Michael Furey lay buried. It lay thickly drifted on the crooked crosses and headstones, on the spears of the little gate, on the barren thorns. His soul swooned slowly as he heard the snow falling faintly through the universe and faintly falling, like the descent of their last end, upon all the living and the dead.” 430 likes
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