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Reading Dubliners [Kindle Edition]

Matthew Crain
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Book Description

In a book group reading James Joyce's Dubliners, Matthew Crain almost jumps across a table and slugs a guy about Gretta Conroy's galoshes in "The Dead." Determined to have the last word, he writes his way through Dubliners from beginning to end, "finishing the sentences my enemy interrupted." Reading Dubliners is a snappy, thoughtful, literary, detailed and often obsessive study of Joyce's inherently absorbing stories. How obsessive? Know anybody else that writes a love letter to a paragraph? Reading Dubliners is not only a convincing study of Dubliners the book. It is also a self-portrait of Crain himself and a testimony to the lessons on storytelling he has found in Joyce's early fiction. Crain’s essays are 290 pages of bluntness and passion, offered casually, and they show the reader that she need not read an encyclopedia before reading James Joyce, nor must she align herself with this or that Joyce "expert." 2014 marks the centennial anniversary of the publication of James Joyce's Dubliners. A great way to celebrate is with Matthew Crain's Reading Dubliners.

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  • File Size: 1062 KB
  • Print Length: 206 pages
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  • Language: English
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  • Lending: Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reading: the Shared Hallucination December 8, 2013
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Readers and writers know that a book is a crowded place, and readers are never lonely.

This book is a party invitation! It's a come-as-you-are party where you will meet James Joyce, all of the Dublin residents he documents in his stories, plus the members of a San Francisco bookstore reading group, the staff of the San Francisco Symphony, the author Crain and Elizabeth, his wife, but best of all, at this reading party, you will meet words. It's as if Matthew Crain escorts the words into the room, one word at a time, ordinary words that will never be the same to you again--galoshes, quiet, unspooled, paralysis, of, was sitting--I could go on.

But, it is your pleasure to read the book for yourself. It would be rude of me to steal that from you!

The cover of my 1982 Penguin paperback edition of James Joyce's Dubliners is cracked, the pages brown around the edges, but off the bookshelf it came when I sat down to read Reading Dubliners. If your familiarity with Joyce's collection of fifteen short stories is limited to the last one, "The Dead," John Huston's last film, I encourage you to take this ride with Matthew Crain. You won't regret it!

We talk about how much we love to read, but Matthew shows us what it means to love a book, story by story. The questions he asks of Joyce, the characters, and himself are the questions that many of us are afraid to ask. That's why this book is more than a reading of Dubliners. It's a reading of reading. Or to put it another way, it's a "how to read" book for someone who wants to truly understand what a story is. Like a friend who can read your mind, Matthew Crain reads the many minds that inhabit each of James Joyce's stories.

The ideal gift to anyone who reads, but to a college student, especially, would be James Joyce's Dubliners and Reading Dubliners, wrapped in some recycled newspaper.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Totally original, funny, a passionate, opinionated appreciation of a great writer. Wholeheartedly recommend..
Every writer could wish for such a creative reader.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clear as a bell November 30, 2013
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Driving around with Mike D of the Beastie Boys, Mozart holding a soft boiled egg in his teeth, and listening to John Cage in Easton, Pa., written by the former tape librarian for the San Francisco Symphony. It all comes back to music and James Joyce is all about the sounds that make the feeling of music in just about everything. Matthew Crain digs deep into the rhythms, melody and structure of the soul of this most musical of books and pulls you into his passionate, baffled, beloved, utterly compelling dance with this "highly polished mirror". Written from the heart, spoken from the gut, Matthew Crain lays it on the line clear as a bell; I couldn't put it down. Pick it up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm still reading . . . December 8, 2013
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Reading Dubliners and while also re-reading Dubliners. The two together make a wonderful treat.  Amazing.  I had to stop to say I am caught up in the music and learning so much about Joyce and reading Joyce and about MC and passion for literature and life.  More to be added later . . .
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