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.