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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
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But that's intentional. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is a semi-autobiographical tale of a young Irish writer from his childhood to his early adult years in the early 20th century. This young man is working out his own belief system, his own philosophy and thoughts about religion and artistry, and rarely does such a thought process occur directly and expediently.
Thus, the rambling text.
But that's not to say there's nothing of import to be found here. If nothing else, this short novel shows the budding work of James Joyce as he builds his writing strengths and style that will eventually become more apparent in his longer, better knows works, Ulysses and Finnegan's Wake.
Besides that, for a writer, there is much to learn within this book. Of the handful of stream-of-consciousness readings I've experienced over the years, this one is by far the best. Even though the story meanders here and there and all over the place, a writer can follow Joyce's thought process and how he eventually gets to his own viewpoints and ideas.
The illustrations seem to be randomly gathered from period paintings of 1900 Dublin. They are not insightful.
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Loved the book, a bit confusing, but great none the less. This book arrived on time and in great condition. Thanks!Published 18 months ago by layla
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce is a story about a young boy named Stephen Dedalus, who wants, desperately, to fit in with his peers and to fulfill what he... Read morePublished on November 16, 2010 by ilio