A Portrait of the Artist as A Young Man

A Portrait of the Artist as A Young Man

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It is Stephen Dedalus's declared ambition 'to express myself in some mode of life or art as freely as I can and as wholly as I can, using for my defense the only arms I allow myself to use-silence, exile, and cunning.' A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man portrays Stephen Dedalus's Dublin childhood and youth and, in doing so, provides an oblique self-portrait of the young James Joyce. At its center are questions of origin and source, authority and authorship, and the relationship of an artist to his family, culture, and race. Exuberantly inventive in its style, the novel subtly and beautifully orchestrates the patterns of quotation and repetition instrumental in its hero's quest to create his own character, his own language, life, and art- 'to forge in the smithy of my soul the uncreated conscience of my race.' Edited with an Introduction and Notes by SEAMUS DEANE
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2003, c1992.
ISBN: 9780142437346
Characteristics: xlvii, 329 p. ;,20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Deane, Seamus 1940-


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Feb 10, 2019

Recommended by Frederick Buechner

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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