Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Wordsworth Classics)
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Also from the cover blurb, ‘The novel is a highly autobiographical account of the adolescence and youth of Stephen Dedalus…(who) comes to realise that before he can become a true artist, he must rid himself of the stultifying effects of the religion, politics and essential bigotry of his background in late 19th C Ireland’
Dedalus (Joyce?) comes across is a serious, self-absorbed prig, more concerned with his own sexual mores, religious convictions & aesthetic leanings than his family and friends. If this was written towards the other end of the century, I’m sure we’d be looking at an angst-ridden teenager like Holden Caulfield, maybe?
Read this if you must, I can’t really recommend it :-(
A couple of quotes that I quite liked
Stephen and his friend Cranly talking about the most profound sentence ever written,
"Reproduction is the beginning of death" - nice
And Stephen again, after admitting to giving his mother all sorts of grief, says,
"Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world a mother’s love is not"
Released 14 yrs ago (5/14/2005 UTC) at
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Pre-release for tomorrow's Ipswich meet-up