This is a story from the Dubliners, Volume 2 collection.
In the second half of Joyce's collection of stories about the citizens of Dublin at the turn of the century, the young author deals with themes of adulthood - of loss, parenthood, politics, religion, and - as in the earlier stories - of disappointment. Rich in humor and musical allusion, they contain (in "A Painful Case," for example, and "The Dead"), some of Joyce's most powerful and moving prose. Holding none of the difficulties of Joyce's most powerful and moving prose. Holding none of the difficulties of Joyce's later novels, such as Ulysses, Dubliners is, in its way, just as radical. These stories introduce us to the city which fed Joyce's entire creative output, and to many of the characters who made it such a well of literary inspiration.
In this story from James Joyce's Dubliners, narrator Jim Norton's effortless rendition of protagonist Mr. Duffy's internal life is so natural and expressive, it seems as though he is speaking of his own thoughts and experiences. Mr. Duffy is a man of predictable habits, and one day, he encounters a married woman with whom he eventually develops a friendship. Norton, the recipient of an AudioFile Earphones Award and a finalist for the 2005 Audies, poignantly traces the trajectory of this unlikely friendship and eases into its unhappy conclusion with melancholy grace.
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