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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
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Mar 03, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction
Recommended for: Dante fans and philosophy nuts

James Joyce’s, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, compares to the great Charles Dickens, reading it takes time to unwind. It starts the narration young then grows older with painstaking philosophical questions leading to amends in life theology, and ends in cleaver short wit and I felt like being a big fish in a small pond. It is full of good quotes.

There are some laughs in the book. Even ‘shit for brains’ has ideas. Do you know a dean of studies at a university that functions like a walking stick? What about at a young age Stephan realizes that knowledge, wisdom, and understanding are often independent and separate qualities of a person.

I liked the philosophy behind beauty described as: whole, radiant, and balanced. Why men like big breasts? This is analyzed well, maybe you have read this and know Joyce’s assertion. Thinking about beauty on another note… The beauty of imperfection is unique but still needs to give the object of beauty wholeness. Then there is forgotten beauty rediscovered.

In it there are new thoughts of knowing about things. Sure, art is stimulating the sensual or intellect of aesthetic enjoyment. But, a true aesthetic experience can be either desire or desire’s antonym it does not need to be in between as the text asserts. But, many philosophers argue about everything. Of the three ways an artist can expresses him/herself: lyrical, epical, and dramatic, I value them all like a juggling act.

If you enjoyed reading Dante you would like this book, because it explains the Jesuit clarification of hell, heaven, and angels too.
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Assmaa Stephen I mean the main character in this novel passed with several steps until he realizes what is suitable to him in life.At first he was just the innocent boy who has simple ideas.Then he believed strongly in chirch until he head of the chirch told to be a priest but he refused.After that he changed his way by falling in sins (prostitution)exactly when he met a beautiful girl in a beach.He knew his fault and he decided to regain his belief in God.At the end he decided to fly above all the obstacles by giving all his time to the art and I can say to Euthuasism.

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