- A Volume in the Collected Stories of the World's Greatest Writers Series
- Narrated by: Gerry O'Brien
- Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 06-30-16
- Language: English
- Publisher: Punch Audio
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The stories were written when Irish nationalism was at its peak, and a search for a national identity and purpose was raging. At a crossroads of history and culture, Ireland was jolted by various converging ideas and influences. They center on Joyce's idea of an epiphany: a moment where a character experiences a life-changing self-understanding or illumination. Many of the characters in Dubliners later appear in minor roles in Joyce's novel Ulysses.
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By Tad Davis on 01-25-17
"Dubliners" is a mosaic of life in that city near the turn of the last century. Sometimes poignant, sometimes wickedly funny, sometimes soaring, it includes people up and down the social scale, but mostly down. Many of the characters return in Joyce's later novels "Portrait of the Artist" and "Ulysses."
Gerry O'Brien, as he showed in "Portrait," is a wonderful narrator and is particularly wonderful with Joyce. There is something light and seemingly effortless about his reading, right up to the last haunting sentence of the last story, "The Dead."
I hope he's able at some point to record "Ulysses" as well. I can't imagine anybody I'd rather listen to, or any narrator I'd be more willing to trust it to.
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