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
Previously, all we have had with Victorian literature is a racist representation of the Orient. They saw it as underdeveloped compared to t ...more
"Araby" is a short story by James Joyce published in his 1914 collection Dubliners.
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: هفدهم نوامبر سال 2015 میلادی
این کتاب گویا با عنوان بازار عربی ، با ترجمه: محمدصادق رییسی، در 25 ص، از سوی نشر سولار، به چاپ رسیده، اما هنوز ترجمه ی فارسی را ندیده ام
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 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.
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 ...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.
This is an extremely beautiful short story by the writer who scholars consider to be the best creator of English literature, for at least the 20th century. There would also be Marcel Proust to consider for the top spot, and for me, Proust is the greatest author that I have read, albeit he wrote in French and is not a contender for the English literature trophy.
I have read in How Proust Can Change Your Life by Alain de Botton that Proust and Joyce met at a party and ...more
This story was just very underwhelming. My English course is finally beginning our section on short stories and films, and I was so excited, but then we had to go and read this and ruin my good mood.
I know, I know, that's a little dramatic, but in all honesty it's the truth. I went into this story expecting for it to be interesting in the very least, and it didn't even deliver on that. The entire story is basically about a young Irish boy who has been obsessed with his friends ...more
"The career of our play brought us through the dark muddy lanes behind the houses where we ran the gauntlet of the rough tribes from the cottages, to the back doors of the dark dripping gardens where odours arose from the ashpits, to the dark odorous stables where a coachman smoothed and combed the horse or shook music from the buckled harness.”
So much in a line!
While I already 'kind of' liked the story when I read it for the first time, I've come to appreciate it much more after we've discussed it in class and dissected some of the layers that I couldn't (bother to) find on my own. I always like to find the symbolism in texts, but some help is often needed. I particularly liked the clever religious elements that have been weaved into the story.
Although the language presented some challenges for me, it's always fun to learn new ways of using idioms and ...more
Yet I do applaud the writer for the emotional development the protagonists underwent in just a few pages. He captured the emotions and intellect in a interesting and clear way and showed the development in such a way that while I came near the end, I was indeed curious and even smiling somewhat.
However, this is my opinion and other people will mostly have a good time reading it.