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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Author: James Joyce
ISBN: 55945
Pages: 253
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Publisher: Viking / Compass
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The style here is similar to that of Faulkner and Woolf - stream of consciousness. Personally, I have a difficult time following that because not everything makes sense while you're reading it. The book's overall theme of the introduction of a young man into the world and the church and acquiring knowledge about each is not a bad one, but I think I would better appreciate this book if I was a man. It's what I would call a "man's" book.

I would not recommend the book unless you're reading all the classics. I would, however, recommend reading the first five pages. Joyce's description of himself as a young boy, the "moo cow," and the image of the red ball rolling under the sofa is brilliant.
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For this definitive edition, Chester Anderson compared Joyce's final fiar copy manuscript in his own handwriting (which is located at the National Library of Ireland in Dublin) with all the texts published in England and America, and with lists of corrections and changes noted by Joyce, some of which were never made in any public versions. This definitive edition was the basis of Anderson's doctoral thesis at Columbia.


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