Author: James Joyce
Summary: (Taken from Goodreads) I regret to see that my book has turned out un fiasco solenne'. James Joyce's disillusion with the publication of Dubliners in 1914 was the result of ten years battling with publishers, resisting their demands to remove swear words, real place names & much else, including two stories. Although only 24 when he signed his first publishing contract for the book, Joyce already knew its worth: to alter it in any way would 'retard the course of civilization's in Ireland'. Joyce's aim was to tell the truth--to create a work of art that would reflect life in Ireland at the turn of the last century & by rejecting euphemism, reveal to the Irish the unromantic reality the recognition of which would lead to the spiritual liberation of the country. Each of the fifteen stories offers a glimpse of the lives of ordinary Dubliners--a death, an encounter, an opportunity not taken, a memory rekindled--& collectively they paint a portrait of a nation.
My Rating: 8.5/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: Overall I enjoyed this book. A collection of short stories. I read this a back at the beginning of the year and almost forgot to include it with my reviews. Opps. Anyways, Joyce tells a collection of stories based on Irish life. The hardships, vices and life stories. It was an enjoyable read, where, you do (as the summary suggests) get a portrait of the nation of that time. It lets you take a peak of the past, if a country and culture you may not have experienced, and it's clear this isn't the entire explanation or look at Irish life, only a tiny part, it is still an interesting read.
Would I recommend it to read: I would definitely recommend this for anyone to read. It is a classic, that everyone should at least attempt to read at least once. The stories aren't the most exciting, but they are well told and that is what makes them a good read.
What to read next: More works by James Joyce and more stories set in Ireland. I'm still working on reading them, but I like stories that are set in Ireland, they always seem to have a different feel to them.