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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
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Jun 15, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: things-i-love, 2009

This book is always going to feel like a piece of me. It has a very particular resonance, of course, for artists and agnostics, being primarily about the struggle against god and family, and toward the elusive calling of ideas and images. It's a portrait of Joyce, the artist, as a young man, but it's also a portrait of Stephen Dedalus, and then of all artists in their youth. It captures perfectly the strange disconnect of childhood: experiencing without understanding, and then slowly takes you through into the birth of comprehension, the revelations of sex, and the slow understanding that nothing you grew up with is completely right or true. In fact, nothing in the world is right or true. There really isn't any truth. Nor is there right.

The more I read this, the more I love it.

Onward to Ulysses!

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