Why I rate A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.


This book is by Joyce

frst book to blend fiction and autobio.

I read it aged 16.

chronological. many historical allusions. Goes from infancy to aged of 20 about to depart Ireland. It is a bildungsroman.

Modernist. does not mind repeating words.Uses same word several different times in different places in a sentence.

Every word is le mot juste.

It is pared and fast moving. recounts his spiritual odyssey. He said he was pushed aorund by the British Empire and the Catholic one.

Not served on a plate. Much implicaiton. reader must infer from text. Not too long.

It is enthralling. It is internal and emotional. Bursting with vitality. The full range of feelings. joy and woe. classical allusions. references to religion and saints. intellectual backdrop to his upbringing. It is challenging yet not mystifying. Unlike Finnegan;s Wake.

He rejects nationaalism. Leaves Ireland. preserved in aspic.






About Calers

Born Belfast 1971. I read history at Edinburgh. I did a Master's at UCL. I have semi-libertarian right wing opinions. I am married with a daughter and a son. I am allergic to cats. I am the falling hope of the not so stern and somewhat bending Tories. I am a legal beagle rather than and eagle. Big up the Commonwealth of Nations.

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