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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 June 1914)
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Sean Barrs
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
Dubliners is a collection of fifteen short stories by James Joyce, first published in 1914. They form a naturalistic depiction of Irish middle class life in and around Dublin in the early years of the 20th century.
The stories:
The Sisters – After the priest Father Flynn dies, a young boy who was close to him and his family deals with his death superficially.
An Encounter – Two schoolboys playing truant encounter a middle-aged man.
Araby – A boy falls in love with the sister o
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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
Adina
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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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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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
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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Paul Bryant
Sep 26, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories, joyce
For anyone thinking of putting James Joyce on your “must read this year” list for 2019 here are my suggestions.

BY

1. Dubliners

Brilliantly atmospheric scraps of Irish miserablism – must read to get where JJ is coming from.

2. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Strangely – tiresome and inessential. Bangs on about religion and more Irish miserablism and a bit too much like a portrait of the author as an insufferable young genius.

3. Ulysses

The essential book out of all of these. Difficult but al
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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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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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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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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: vintage, short-shorts
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
Steven Godin
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Dubliners is one of those books that simply tracks life. Joyce had written most of these stories by the age of twenty-three, he did so with the understanding and forbearance of someone much older. He often portrayed himself as sitting in judgment on his fellow Dubliners, whom he once described to a friend as the most hopeless, useless and inconsistent race of charlatans I have ever come across. Am sure he didn't mean it. What gives the stories their tremendous power is precisely their refusal to ...more
Keyo 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 the city and citizens
you will find many personalities that are interesting to you
this is a wonderful book, full of emotions.
my favorites are Araby, A Little Cloud and The Dead
The Dead
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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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Erin
Dear James Joyce,

So let's pretend you might actually receive this letter. I just experienced your short story collection. Maybe it wasn't the best choice for taking a first time walk into your imagination.

I just don't get you, man. What makes you tick? What message are you hoping that someone reading will feel right into their soul? I wanted to love Dublin like YOU love Dublin. But just nothing happened.

Because great literary men have come before you- Hardy, Tolstoy,Dostoyevsky, Steinbeck, Du
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Ladan
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is real life, this is the story of us! This is us.

This is a pack of stories featuring the pathetic or ordinary challenges that one might face on a daily basis, human mistakes, human feelings, human fears and desires, and basically humans. Don't expect it to be anything expect anticlimax!
Mark André
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As powerful a commitment to the form to be found in English. The original fourteen stories should be read as a set piece: as they portray the evolution of thought from childhood to adulthood: from dogmatic belief to reasoned denial. The Dead should be viewed separately. Five-stars!
Paul Secor
I find Dubliners to be a perfect example of the love-hate relationship that James Joyce had with his native city.
On the negative side, there is his choice of (mostly) mean, depressing subject matter. On the positive side, there is the writing itself - pristine and done with loving care.
In the end, at least for me, love wins out.

As anyone who's read Dubliners knows, "The Dead" is a masterpiece.
Last year, the Irish Repertory Theatre did a theatrical production of "The Dead" at the American Irish
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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
P.E.
A feeling, uncompromising and superb depiction of low middle-class life in Dublin at the turn of the 20th century. I am particularly impressed by how the short stories are echoing one another.

Tremendously helpful introduction and notes by Trinity College Professor Terence Brown.


My favourite stories :

The Sisters *
An Encounter
Araby *
Eveline
After the Race
Two Gallants *
The Boarding House *
A Little Cloud *
Counterparts *
Clay
A Painful Case *
Ivy Day in the Committee Room
A Mother
Grace
The Dead *


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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
Alan
Dec 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I read in the NYT travel section, SEE JOYCE'S IRELAND, I think of this book, unpublishable in Ireland until it was known everywhere else. It's a bitter, brilliant account of what we now call "news." Everyday lives, often young lives, upon which adult cruelties intrude. JOYCE'S IRELAND. Male prostitution, in "Two Gallants." Two boys skipping school only to encounter a pederast, in "An Encounter." In "The Boarding House," a large landlady encourages her daughter Polly to catch a husband from ...more
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