One of Ireland’s most famous writers was James Joyce, a novelist and poet who’s best known for his avant garde classic Ulysses, which was inspired by The Odyssey but written in a completely modern, stream of conscience way. Joyce was also acclaimed for his poetry, journalism, and novels like A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.
This edition of Joyce’s Araby includes a T...more
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If you analyze the story superficially, you may find it cliche, but if you look at the sub-text or the hidden meaning behind the ...more
"I had never spoken to her, except for a few casual words, and yet her name was like a summons to all my foolish blood."
Beautifully written short. Contrasts the dreams and aspirations of young love with the coldness of seemingly hopeless realities. Definitely one to be mulled over though to fully appreciate all that is both written and not written.
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Okay Mr Joyce. I'm game if you are. Time to start reading more of your shorter works!
I have more to say about Joyce than I do about this short story- which is part of the collection Dubliners. I will say it's so goddamn magical, my mind swooned.
The space of sky above us was the colour of ever-changing violet and towards it the lamps of the street lifted their feeble lanterns.
The narrator is infatuated with a neighbour and he has the reaction I ordinarily have ...more
I truly felt nothing while reading this short story. I get the point, but I also feel like it could have been much better delivered. The writing style and descriptions are nice enough, but it takes more than a nice setting and words for me to enjoy a short story.
I have never once thought that I would love a text, given to me in English lessons. But this, this is something special.
As short as it is, Joyce skilfully paints an ethereal image which is so simple yet, deep, down to its core. The delicacy of his words in every sentence to the eccentricity and depth of each character, succinctly manifests a thought provoking message by the end.
One of, if not the, m ...more
I had to read this a second time, good thing it was short but I wanted to see if the feeling it gave me was from the book or was just the feeling I had at the time. And it was definitely from the book. Though it was an uneasy feeling; any story that can evoke such feeling deserves another star than the 3 I gave it just for the story.
Adoration and foolishness mixed together in a short story. He is expecting too much from a girl who is a figment of his imagination. I believe that expectation is the root of all heartaches and this further cemented my belief. I can see why Araby is adored by the readers. The frustration of first love and adoration. The pain of lost love that is never there. ...more
This short story follows a young Irish boy going through his first infatuation. This is a beautiful written story that spoke to me deeply. I personally took away that life will cause you to face hardships, but your hardships mean nothing because in the big World you are just a nameless boy or girl in the vastness of the world. I really enjoyed this one. I'm definitely going to be looking into other works by Joyce, particularly his short stories.
Ps I have to say; what first caught my Attention to this story is its name "Araby" as I'm an Arab myself, yes I'm one of ...more
When he mounts the staircase in the house, “the high cold empty gloomy rooms [liberate him]…” representing the Holy Spirit that dwells within the body that Joyce describes in an unflattering manner.
The journey to fulfill the Lord’s Will is an independent one. The boy “ ...more
I loved the emotions it evoked in me through Joyce's elegant use of words and literary expressions. This is probably my favourite line: "But my body was like a harp and her words and gestures were like fingers running upo ...more
Great fiction is the embodiment of this quote. The first fiction authors I became obsessed with were horror authors like Stephen King and Clive Barker. What appealed to me was not the horror aspect of their writing. (Christine is one of my all-time favorite books, but I couldn't care less about a self-driving car that kills people. I always thought the idea was corny.) It was that I could relate to the characters; that I could envision ...more