Book Review of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
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Helpful Score: 3

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.