James Joyce's Dubliners is a collection of short stories about the lives of the people of Dublin around the turn of the century. Each story describes a small but significant moment of crisis or revelation in the life of a particular Dubliner, sympathetically but always with stark honesty. Many of the characters are desperate to escape the confines of their humdrum lives, though those that have the opportunity to do so seem unable to take it. This book holds none of the difficulties of Joyce's later novels, such as Ulysses, yet in its way it is just as radical. These stories introduce us to the city which fed Joyce's entire creative output, and to many of the characters who made it such a well of literary inspiration.
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Superb rendering of superb writing
Joyce doen't need me to spray the greatness of his writing still further. It goes without saying. But to make him as easily available as Jim Norton does takes a special talent. As with his outstanding reading, performing really, of Ulysses, he is utterly, convincingly in character in these stories. His feeling for sound, poetic motion and the nuances of personality is faultless.
- SEAN HOLDEN