by James Joyce
In fifteen finely crafted stories, James Joyce created an unflinching portrayal of life in early twentieth century Ireland -a country in search of identity populated with a people who, at times, seem at war with hope. The stories are at times touching and amusing as they are also whistful and sad. In all cases, however, it’s an unerring modernist literary view. Where Joyce broke ground in modern realism, he was soon followed by others in both Europe and America. The characters in Dubliners range from the young to the old, and experience that which defines, or seeks to define, every stage of growth from adolsecence to old age. Joyce presents dichotomies, contradictions, and skillfully brings his characters to a defining epiphany from which wisdom is born.
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