A Portrait of the Artist as A Young Man

A Portrait of the Artist as A Young Man

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"You can still die when the sun is shining."The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is a novel by the Irish writer James Joyce. It is often classified by critics as a "fictional auto-biography" since the story's protagonist is naturally identified with the author himself. Events in the novel are not as important as the psychological development and maturation that Joyce's hero Stephen Dedalus goes through from the beginning till the end of the narrative. As an Irish young man, Dedalus wishes to pursue a career of an artist and a writer, yet he is continuously preoccupied with his existential and religious concerns. In fact, he has been raised as a Roman Catholic in a family and a society that often mingle religion with politics and nationalistic sentiments. His concerns are even more intensified when his father goes into serious financial troubles. After a first sexual experience, then a second, Dedalus indulges in a period of debauchery and in all sorts of desires of the flesh. He is soon drowned in feelings of remorse and guilt, however. He turns back to religiosity and decides to lead a life of abstinence and piety, though carrying on with his writing and acting activities. Dedalus's monologues and contemplations often center on the relationship between religion, sensual desire and the appreciation of beauty. He ultimately determines to escape from all his religious, family and nationalistic chains to lead a life of complete independence and to live only for beauty and art.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1993.
ISBN: 9781780004600
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Jul 03, 2018

Works by Joyce are not casual reading, but making it thru each work is worth it. This is a semi-autobiographical work about Joyce's life in Ireland thru his early 20s(?). He goes thru the typical issues any young man would, but Joyce's descriptions of them are wonderful. This is not a page turner of a book, it's a multicourse feast. It helps if there's some kind of guide in the edition you read (who understands all the religious references, or has a street guide to early 20th century Dublin?). The struggle with the church is esp. hard. Well worth the effort to read this. Four stars (not five, because it is so challenging)

Nov 22, 2013

I survived! Wow! This study of an Irish Catholic boy on his journey to becoming an artist was hard to get through. The style and themes were interesting, but the religious bits, particularly the struggle over his soul's salvation made me feel like I was walking backwards waist deep through mud. I was clearly unprepared for this particular piece of literature, but am grateful, regardless, that I was able to muddle through it.

Jun 19, 2012

Been there. Done that. To quote the Grateful Dead, "What a long, strange trip it's been".

dulynoted Jan 19, 2012

I very much enjoyed this, although I found that many passages from the last section of the book escaped me. But certainly a worthwhile read.

Algonquin_Lisa Mar 14, 2011

A much more accessible work for someone who wants to try reading Joyce. Definitely easier than Ulysses! Prose is gorgeous, well worth any effort it takes to get through it.


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Dec 11, 2014

You made me confess the fears that I have. But I will tell you also what I do not fear. I do not fear to be alone or to be spurned for another or to leave whatever I have to leave. And I am not afraid to make a mistake, even a great mistake, a lifelong mistake and perhaps as long as eternity too.


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