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The Dead (A Novella) [Kindle Edition]

James Joyce
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This carefully crafted ebook: "The Dead (A Novella)" is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents.

Considered as one of the greatest short stories in the Western Canon, James Joyce's complex narrative "The Dead", explores the intricate issues of identity and power through the lens of language, patriarchy, and imperialism. These issues are directly tied to the longstanding political turmoil of his native Ireland and the social questions of his day. Joyce’s story reveals that we often achieve what we tried to avoid by pretending to be what we are not. At 15,672 words The Dead is often considered a novella and the best of Joyce's shorter works.

James Augustine Aloysius Joyce (2 February 1882 – 13 January 1941) was an Irish novelist and poet, considered to be one of the most influential writers in the modernist avant-garde of the early 20th century. Joyce is best known for Ulysses (1922), a landmark work in which the episodes of Homer's Odyssey are paralleled in an array of contrasting literary styles, perhaps most prominent among these the stream of consciousness technique he perfected. Other major works are the short-story collection Dubliners (1914), and the novels A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916) and Finnegans Wake (1939). His complete oeuvre also includes three books of poetry, a play, occasional journalism, and his published letters.

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' introductory bibliographical essay, a short critical history, and one of the exemplary analyses.' - Ian White


' introductory bibliographical essay, a short critical history, and one of the exemplary analyses.' - Ian White

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  • File Size: 488 KB
  • Print Length: 42 pages
  • Publisher: e-artnow ebooks (August 29, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EV40E7U
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful Case Study Collection of Literary Masterpiece October 10, 2004
I've found this to be the most useful of all the "case study" texts I've tried from both St. Martin's/Bedford and Norton. The primary text is sufficiently contained and the representative critical methodologies presented clearly enough to introduce students to both literature and literary theory without overwhelming them. Moreover, "The Dead" is capable of repaying the close and observant reader with a Joycean "epiphany" perhaps not surpassed by any other literary text (the last several paragraphs, especially, require attention to the developing, altering meanings of each and every word).

I have one caveat: the essay representing feminist criticism I frankly find baffling. The writer, apparently trying to have her cake and eat it too, manages to indict Joyce as a sexist while applauding the story as a critique of sexism and patriarchal hegemony! It does not "seem" to occur to her that Joyce may be removed from his central character, Gabriel, or that her evidence for Gabriel's male arrogance may actually be Joyce's idea from the start. A close reading of the character certainly suggests an ironic portrayal--everything that appears to be in Gabriel's favor is exposed through Joyce's subtle language as self-delusion. The feminist critic, however, impugns Joyce by suggesting that his "intentions" are less honorable than the meaning of the text itself!

Perhaps the writer is overstating a point in order to provide a better example of the type of critical approach she was asked to represent for the purposes of this anthology. I know that I will suggest as much should I again have occasion to use this particular essay.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece January 9, 2012
Reynolds Price called it the greatest short story written in English. Carson McCullers reread it every Christmas. I have read James Joyce's masterpiece "The Dead" from his book DUBLINERS at least a half dozen times. I just reread it, and as usual, it made my eyes burn. It is one of those rare stories that, when you finish it, you call up those people you love and those who love literature to make sure they have read it too.

The story, set in Dublin, covers one evening during the Christmas season when two sisters, the Misses Morkan, Julia and Kate, hold their annual dance, the event of the season and not to be missed. Their nephew Gabriel and his wife Gretta are of course invited. Gabriel is pompous and, to use a current expression, full of himself as he gives his usual speech at the event. The last 4 or 5 pages of this rather long-- although there is not one sentence too many-- story contain some of the most moving language you will encounter in English. Joyce makes a sad, profound statement about love, life and death and asks the question of how well do we really know those people closest to us.

The story became the director John Huston's last film by the same name (1987). He cast his daughter Anjelica as Gretta. Tenor Frank Patterson, who left us far too soon, sang that glorious song "The Lass of Aughrim" in the movie that is almost as good as Joyce's story.

Everyone who loves literature should read this perfect story.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An Evocative Christmas Evening November 15, 2004
By Plume45
Set in early 20th century Dublin this short story was the last in a collection called The Dubliners by native son, James Joyce. Despite the mournful title there is no murder nor mysterious death involved in this seemingly simple piece, set in an old-fashioned Society home during the Christmas season. Instead this proves an introspective tale from the viewpoint of middle-aged Gabriel, favorite nephew of his respected aunts who host an annual dinner party. The role of music and performers is debated among their many lively guests.

Gabriel's required speech during dinner praises the Irish tradition of warm hospitality. But something causes his wife, Gretta, to hark back to her girlhood and her first love--whose poignant memory threatens his plans for connubial bliss in their hotel room. Delicate as the snowflakes which blot out the city landscape, barely plotted with delicious hints of unexpressed emotion, The Dead transports readers to a different gas-lit age, where beauty and grace are subtly exhibited and passionately sought after. Joyce reminds us that music possesses the power to evoke the past and serve as a catalyst both for pain and pleasure. This may be read in one sitting, but don't miss the author's other reminiscences.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The book to read before you die. (It'll take ... October 21, 2014
By Mumanu
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The book to read before you die. (It'll take your mind off of it.) So poignant. Plus, it's short and not stream of consciousness (unlike Ulysses), and written in ordinary prose (unlike Finnegans Wake), so you can impress your friends and your 7th grade English teacher, who said you'll never amount to anything (or that could have been Ms. Crabapple to Bart), that you're reading Joyce.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written June 6, 2011
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The book is well-written. Not only is "The Dead" included, but five critics give their perspectives on the story, such as historicism, reader-response criticism, etc. You will learn about the rule of reading, if that is something new to you as well as many of literary terms and concepts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars reviewing the EDITION, not the story February 16, 2015
By Shannon
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"The Dead" is an absolute classic, and I am not giving three stars to James Joyce's writing style.

I am reviewing this particular edition. As I was just casually reading (not even trying to be picky), I noticed at least five spelling/punctuation errors. I realize this sounds petty, but it's distracting :(

There are other discrepancies from the text as seen in various editions of Dubliners. Just keep this in mind when ordering (in fact, I'd recommend just springing for Dubliners, because it is an excellent collection).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Jeremy Evan Kerr
5.0 out of 5 stars The best short story ever....
Fantastic, romantic, realistic, sad and wonderful.
Published 1 month ago by Bill
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 1 month ago by James benton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this short story
Published 2 months ago by Tonya
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection.
Joyce's finest work. Read it every Christmas.A great party and underneath a fine study of human nature and how alone we are. Exquisite. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ann Ayres
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Wonderful. Quality was awesome.
Published 6 months ago by Carolina Lopez
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read for a snowy evening
Since I read this story in college I have always liked it. The atmosphere Joyce evokes and the development of the characters all blend to create an almost visual experience.
Published 7 months ago by Slidarian
3.0 out of 5 stars it's great writing, but my reaction to the characters was
I was expecting more than I got out of it. Yes, it's great writing, but my reaction to the characters was, "who cares?"
Published 9 months ago by Viking31
5.0 out of 5 stars Augh!
Just as tough a read as it was when you were in college, but, like caster oil, you feel better when it goes down.
Published 10 months ago by Happy Shop
3.0 out of 5 stars Profound sadness of aging
While I thought the book was slow in the beginning, I was delighted to find the theme of aging so respectfully treated by Joyce. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Katy
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