A Portrait of the Artist as A Young Man

A Portrait of the Artist as A Young Man

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"I will not serve that in which I no longer believe, whether it call itself my home, my fatherland or my church: and I will try to express myself in some mode of life or art as freely as I can and as wholly as I can, using for my defence the only arms I allow myself to use -- silence, exile, and cunning."

James Joyce's supremely innovative fictional autobiography is also, in the apt phrase of the biographer Richard Ellmann, nothing less than "the gestation of a soul." For as he describes the shabby, cloying, and sometimes terrifying Dublin upbringing of his alter ego, Stephen Dedalus, Joyce immerses the reader in his emerging consciousness, employing language that ranges from baby talk to hellfire sermon to a triumphant artist's manifesto. The result is a novel of immense boldness, eloquence, and energy, a work that inaugurated a literary revolution and has become a model for the portrayal of the self in our time.

The text of this edition has been newly edited by Hans Walter Gabler and Walter Hettche and is followed by a new afterword, chronology, and bibliography by Richard Brown.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1993
Edition: 1st Vintage International ed. --
ISBN: 9780679739890
Branch Call Number: FIC Joyce
Characteristics: vii, 277 p. --


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Nov 22, 2013

I survived! Wow! This study of an Irish Catholic boy on his journey to becoming an artist was hard to get through. The style and themes were interesting, but the religious bits, particularly the struggle over his soul's salvation made me feel like I was walking backwards waist deep through mud. I was clearly unprepared for this particular piece of literature, but am grateful, regardless, that I was able to muddle through it.

Jun 19, 2012

Been there. Done that. To quote the Grateful Dead, "What a long, strange trip it's been".

dulynoted Jan 19, 2012

I very much enjoyed this, although I found that many passages from the last section of the book escaped me. But certainly a worthwhile read.

Algonquin_Lisa Mar 14, 2011

A much more accessible work for someone who wants to try reading Joyce. Definitely easier than Ulysses! Prose is gorgeous, well worth any effort it takes to get through it.


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Dec 11, 2014

You made me confess the fears that I have. But I will tell you also what I do not fear. I do not fear to be alone or to be spurned for another or to leave whatever I have to leave. And I am not afraid to make a mistake, even a great mistake, a lifelong mistake and perhaps as long as eternity too.

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