Book Review: Dubliners by James Joyce
4 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / April 8, 2013

About: Dubliners by James Joyce is a collection of short stories published in 1914. The stories are loosely tied together and are considered a classic collection in world literature. 152 pages Publisher: Dover Publications Language: English ISBN-10: 0486268705 My rating for Dubliners – 4 Buy this book in paper or elec­tronic format More books by James Joyce Thoughts: I read Dubliners by James Joyce as an attempt to read out of my comfort zone as well as to read some well known “must read” books which I somehow (and by “somehow” I mean purposely) skipped over. I generally don’t read short stories, but I’ve heard so much about Dubliners that I decided to try it out. The first reaction I had to the book was not a positive one, it seemed to me that Joyce wrote the book begging for it to be analyzed and dug into ad nauseaum.  I don’t like those type of books, I like thinking more deeply into a book and trying to read what the author meant, not necessarily what is written in black and white. However, when an author takes unnecessarily steps to make their work purposely difficult to comprehend, and then only by…

Guest Review: Born Fighting by Jim Webb
Guest Posts , Latest Posts / February 11, 2013

Upon reading Malcolm Gladwell’s book, “Outliers”, I was drawn to a passage about violence in the American South and that region’s culture of honor. He posited that this was a relic of Scots-Irish culture, particularly as it applies to the hill people who eventually settled in Appalachia area

Fun Facts Friday: James Joyce
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / February 3, 2012

Yesterday we celebrated James Joyce’s birthday. Joyce is well known for his stream of consciousness novel Ulysses. Books by James Joyce 1 ) James Joyce was the eldest of 10 children born in Dublin, Ireland. 2 ) An outstanding student, Joyce learned Norwegian so he can read Henrik Ibsen place in their original language. 3 ) Joyce’s wife and mother to his children, Nora Barnacle, was uneducated by lively which is why he fell in love with her. 4 ) Between 1917 and 1930 Joyce hand 25 operations on his eyes. 5 ) Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man, a rewrite of a novel he abandoned, won Joyce several benefactors including Edith Rockefeller. 6 ) The novel Ulysses started out as a serial in Little Review, an American magazine. However, the U.S. Post Office stopped distributing the magazine because, according to them, the novel was obscene. 7 ) Ulysses was self published in 1922 by Sylvia Beach, over of Shakespeare and Co. in Paris. 8 ) The name of the elementary particle “quark” in quantum physics comes from the line Three quarks for Muster Mark!” in Joyce’s Finnegans Wake. 9 ) the works and life of James Joyce…

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