- Audio Cassette
- Publisher: Audio Partners (July 1, 1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0945353383
- ISBN-13: 978-0945353386
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.5 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 65 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,725,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Dead and Other Stories from the Dubliners/Audio Cassettes
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"Danny Huston and Kate Mulgrew are the readers of the Joyce stories and give them a quality they deserve, exposing the Irish life of a different time. Joyce's rich verbal flavorings are savored by these capable actors as the author describes the way in which individuals are touched by people they don't necessarily know and who may no longer be living." -- St. Louis Post-Dispatch, November 1990
"Joyce's well-known short story about the antics of a group of Dubliners at a Christmas party is an engaging text, full of description and as intricate as poetry. Surprisingly, "The Dead" lends itself well to the read-aloud format. And listening is an excellent way for readers of all ages to approach Joyce's stories. Mulgrew's and Huston's easy pace and gentle Irish accents allowed this listener to savor and ponder Joyce's words...Includes an informative, brief analysis by ex-Stanford Professor William M. Chase, which gives special insight into the stories." -- Kliatt, January 1991
About the Author
Danny Huston is the son of the late John Huston, director of the 1987 film of "The Dead." His own directing credits include Mr. Corbett's Ghost (starring John Huston as a collector of souls), Bigfoot, and Mr. North. He is currently working on a film version of James M. Cain's novel, The Magician's Wife.
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At first, the story is about a man and his wife who go to a party with their friends; in fact, this takes up about 60% of the narrative. But one gets the feeling that the main character is fairly self-assured with his life, and especially his wife.
But then, a simple piece of music played toward the end of the party changes everything; I'm not going to say how as I don't want to spoil it for the reader. Suffice to say, it is emotional, gripping, surprising, and a stunning reminder that sometimes, things are not as they appear to be, even with those whom we think we know inside and out.
If you wish to get into James Joyce, I can hardly think of a better place to start than here (and it helps that it's free on Kindle!).
What's to lose?!
I pull this book out and reread, savoring each sentence, each time finding more gems like the quotes above. It is pure beauty!
His development of the scene and characters is fantastic. He leads a reader to ask questions and keep going to find the answers around the corner. He gradually unfolds the descriptions that answer the questions.
Still, I was left wondering. Maybe it will hit me later.
An evening out for a couple, brings back memories through an old familiar song.
Joyce's story structure and characters are first rate. You'll be engaged and hooked till the end, when the couple, Gabriel and Greta leave the party.
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