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Introduction by John Banville
James Joyce was the singular figure of modernism, and to this day his grand vision looms large over contemporary literature and the entire Western canon. His stylistic innovations were revolutionary, yet nowhere is Joyce more accessible than in this volume of short stories, a brilliant collection that celebrates, critiques, and immortalizes t
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Published October 31st 2000 by Modern Library (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

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
Jul 13, 2012 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


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
Rakhi Dalal
Apr 21, 2013 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
Mar 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
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
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
Ahmad Sharabiani
Dubliners, James Joyce
عنوانها: دوبلینیها؛ مردگان؛ دولینی ها و نقد دوبلینی ها؛ نویسنده: جیمز جویس؛
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؛ شابک: 9789644481024؛ دوبلینی ها ص 1 تا 300 ترجمه صفریا
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 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
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
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
Oct 08, 2013 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
Jun 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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,
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
Jan 21, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, europe, stories
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
sweet jane
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.
Aug 18, 2012 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
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
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
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
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
Sep 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Lada Fleur
Sep 25, 2016 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
Mar 05, 2013 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
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
مثال بسیار مناسبی برای خوندن یک کتاب در زمان نامناسب.
من این کتاب رو سال سوم دبیرستان خوندم. تا یه سال قبلش، هنوز کتاب های شرلوک هلمز و پوارو و کتاب های ایزاک آسیموف میخوندم. بعد، این رو خوندم. معلومه که بیشتر داستاناش رو به زور تموم کردم، فقط چون توی کلاس داستان نویسی، استادمون گفت که جیمز جویس، یکی از نویسنده های بزرگه و فکر میکردم حتماً به عنوان یه نویسنده (!) باید کتابشو بخونم و کسی نبود که بهم بگه این نویسنده برای این سن نیست.
نتیجه؟ تقریباً هیچی از داستان ها نفهمیدم، از جیمز جویس تا سال ها
Jul 24, 2007 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.
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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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“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.” 392 likes
“and yet her name was like a summons to all my foolish blood.” 273 likes
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