A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (James Joyce)

Ms Harrison has recently read James Joyce’s novel, ‘A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man’.   Here follows a synopsis:

“The portrayal of Stephen Dedalus’s Dublin childhood and youth, his quest for identity through art and his gradual emancipation from the claims of family, religion and Ireland itself, is also an oblique self-portrait of the young James Joyce and a universal testament to the artist’s ‘eternal imagination’.”  Nielsen Bookdata Online

Ms Harrison shares her thoughts on the novel:

“”This was an education for me, not having been raised in the Catholic faith, though I think his experiences were more indicative of the age than of the High Church today (I certainly hope so!). The language used, both poetic descriptions and dialogue, was fascinating. Next on my Joyce list is ‘The Dubliners’ before I attempt his epic, ‘Ulysses’ in the summer.”

Sounds like an interesting book for the ‘to-read’ list…

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Author: Berkhamsted School Library

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