This is a story from the Dubliners, Volume 1 collection.
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 work 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.
Drawn from James Joyce's seminal short story collection Dubliners, "Eveline" tells the story of a young girl torn between lingering familial obligations and love, and follows her as she attempts to resign - or at least decide between - the two. Joyce is called a master for a reason, and his prose is light, subtle, and rich all at once, his characterization deft and his language unforgettable.
Jim Norton's crisp, refined tones accentuate the purposeful emotional distance in this story, balancing the intimacy of being so close to Eveline with all the things we don't and can't know about how she feels. Norton's pacing and intonation are consistent and compelling, doing true justice to Joyce's timeless talents.
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