A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man Author:James Joyce "Like some of the best novels in the world it is the story of an education: it is by far the most living and convincing picture that exists of an Irish Catholic upbringing. It is a mosaic of jagged fragments that does altogether render with extreme completeness the growth of a rather secretive, imaginative boy in Dublin...one believe in Stephen ... more »Dedalus as one believes in few characters in fiction."« less
We are introduced to the character Stephen as a young boy as he grows to manhood. Stephen is sometimes strange, smart, brave and shy. Emphasis on the strange most of the time.
This is a book I almost wish I had read it for a class so there would be a discussion and I would understand it better.
I am not sure how Joyce considers this young man an artist because he is inches away from becoming a priest. Unless this is suppose to be Joyces story. The first chapter is gibberish to me and I almost didnt go past it. But I did and it got better. Although as soon as it got better and I understood what Stephen was talking about he would on OCD rant about pretty much on anything like hell, authors, philosophy
I know a lot of people dislike this book and sadly I am one of them.