- Series: Twentieth-Century Classics
- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Classics; Revised edition (June 1, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140186832
- ISBN-13: 978-0140186833
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 531 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,605,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is in fact the gestation of a soul.” –Richard Ellmann
“One believes in Stephen Dedalus as one believes in few characters in fiction.” –H. G. Wells
“[Mr. Joyce is] concerned at all costs to reveal the flickerings of that innermost flame which flashes its myriad message through the brain, he disregards with complete courage whatever seems to him adventitious, though it be probability or coherence or any other of the handrails to which we cling for support when we set our imaginations free.” –Virginia Woolf
“[A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man will] remain a permanent part of English literature.” –Ezra Pound
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About the Author
James Joyce was born in Dublin on February 2, 1882, the oldest of ten children. Though the family was poor, he was educated at the best Jesuit schools and then at University College, Dublin. Following his graduation in 1902, Joyce went to Paris, where he devoted himself to writing poems and prose sketches until he was recalled to Dublin in April 1903 due to the fatal illness of his mother. There he met a young woman from Galway, Nora Barnacle, and persuaded her to go with him to the Continent, where he planned to teach English, and in 1905 they moved to Trieste. They had two children, a son and a daughter. His first book, the poems of Chamber Music, was published in London in 1907. When Italy entered the First World War, Joyce moved to Zurich, where he remained until 1919. During this period he published A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916) and Exiles, a play (1918). Soon after the armistice, Joyce moved to Paris to arrange for the publication of Ulysses, a book which he had been working on since 1914. It was published on his birthday, in 1922, and brought him international fame. The same year he began work on Finnegans Wake, and though much harassed by eye troubles, and deeply affected by his daughter’s mental illness, he completed and published that book in 1939. After the outbreak of the Second World War, he went to live in Unoccupied France, then managed to secure permission in December 1940 to return to Zurich. Joyce died there six weeks later, on January 13, 1941, and was buried in the Fluntern Cemetery.
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Troy Parfitt is the author of Why China Will Never Rule the World as well as War Torn: Adventures in the Brave New Canada.
The story itself is indirectly told, and sometimes feels like work to read. Still, Joyce stirred up just enough interest in the protagonist to make me persevere to the end. I enjoyed Joyce's presentation of Irish attitudes on religion, nationalism, etc. Not being knowledgeable of Irish cultural history, I don't know if his portrayal is accurate or just his own creation, but it was the main interest for me in this novel.
Some say "A Portrait of the Artist..." is a preliminary reading for being able to handle Joyce's Ulysses. If so, the much shorter "...Portrait..." at least has the virtue of letting you sample Joyce to see whether you belong among the crowd of admirers.
English professors should prep their students before assigning this type book to read. They have to understand what Joyce was trying to achieve in this book and the times Joyce lived in. Today, this can be done by researching the Internet. Joyce grew up in the late Victorian times and was educated in the Edwardian times. He came from a well to do family and underwent the typical classical education of those times (Latin, philosophy, literature, arts, etc.). He also attended a prestigious prep school for boys. While Joyce was educated in Ireland, this type education was very common throughout Europe. There were many sophomoric and sometimes sophisticated discussions among the students when not in the classroom. We don’t have that today. Many of today’s readers, me included, find themselves getting bored reading these types of novels (his book is actually a slightly fictionalized biographical novel). Our world today is more dedicated current times (computers, TV, and “Fun”)
My advice is to NOT read this book unless you want to learn about those times and the frustration many young people (mostly boys at that time) had when growing up. They wanted to “find themselves” and tried hard to learn the complexities of life needed for their careers as barristers, doctors, poets, etc. You MIGHT be interested in this book if you like novels by Anthony Trollope, Thomas Hardy, George Bernard Shaw, etc.). How can I NOT give this classic novel anything less than 5 stars? I do understand by a younger reader might give it 3 stars or less, because it is too boring.
The style was unusual for me, but it wasn't much of an issue to get it after a single chapter (btw chapters are really really really long, just a fair warning if you plan on finishing a chapter that you started before having to go to work/school/sleep etc)
It was interesting to get into reading a dialogue parts, it was a very non-standard approach, but it's only noticeable if you are speed reading through it.
All in all, a must read for a reason, and yes, the religion related subjects are very present, but easy to read through without getting caught up in the whole validity of it. At the end it all makes sense regardless of your religion, as long as you can think on your own.