This is a story from the Dubliners, Volume 2 collection.
In the second half of Joyce's collection of stories about the citizens of Dublin at the turn of the century, the young author deals with themes of adulthood - of loss, parenthood, politics, religion, and - as in the earlier stories - of disappointment. Rich in humor and musical allusion, they contain (in "A Painful Case," for example, and "The Dead"), some of Joyce's most powerful and moving prose. Holding none of the difficulties of Joyce's most powerful and moving prose. Holding none of the difficulties of Joyce's later novels, such as Ulysses, Dubliners is, in its way, 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.
On Ivy Day, which commemorates the Irish nationalist Charles Stewart Parnell, a group of canvassers - working for mayoral candidate Richard Tierney - gather in the Nationalist committee room. Tierney doesn't inspire much confidence among some of the men, who bicker over politics, national loyalty, and far more trivial matters. James Joyce's short story is a brilliant examination of the state of Irish politics and Jim Norton captures the characters' passions with a spirited performance, using a brisk pace to heighten the tension and employs a varied palette of accents that keeps this large stable of characters lively and well-defined.
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