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Dubliners by James Joyce

May 9, 2010
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Dubliners: Library Edition Dubliners: Library Edition by James Joyce

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I was raised Irish Catholic. I know enough about what they’re really – with some exceptions – like (maudlin, exaggerating, drunken, brawling braggarts with sadistic streaks who can’t stand to see anybody enjoying themselves), so I avoid books like “Angela’s Ashes,” “‘Tis” & anything by James Joyce with a passion. Until now, I hadn’t read any of those books. After finishing “Dubliners,” I realize what I’ve been missing.

James Joyce seems to have “gotten it.” He doesn’t roll out the red carpet for these bilious lushes. He tells their stories from arm’s length, so to speak, without the usual “Irish people are the best God ever put on earth” offal. I love how he tells a story. To be a master of the short story is no small feat. Looking forward to my next read of his.

I adore the late Frederick Davidson, the reader of this book. He also read as David Case (his real name), Edward Raleigh, James Nelson, & Ian McKay. I highly recommend you read his John le Carre renditions (especially Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy).

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