Dubliners is a collection of 15 short stories by James Joyce, first published in 1914. They form a naturalistic depiction of Irish middle class life in and around Dublin in the early years of the 20th century.
The stories were written when Irish nationalism was at its peak, and a search for a national identity and purpose was raging; at a crossroads of history and culture, Ireland was jolted by various converging ideas and influences. They centre on Joyce's idea of an epiphany: a moment where a character experiences self-understanding or illumination. Many of the characters in Dubliners later appear in minor roles in Joyce's novel Ulysses. The initial stories in the collection are narrated by child protagonists, and as the stories continue, they deal with the lives and concerns of progressively older people. This is in line with Joyce's tripartite division of the collection into childhood, adolescence and maturity.
Actor Sheridan proves an excellent choice to interpret Joyce's classic story collection, first published in 1914. He brings an authentic Irish accent and an air of gravitas to the 15 tightly observed scen es of ordinary people around Dublin. He infuses life into Joyce's numerous and wide-ranging characters, from an adolescent boy's stifling infatuation with the girl who lives across the street ("Araby") to the husband and wife whose marriage is haunted by the death of the wife's former lover ("The Dead"), easily handling the shifting points of view from story to story. Each character is given a distinct personality and individual voice. But it is with Joyce's rich descriptive prose that Sheridan's skills shine brightest. His thoughtful and heartfelt delivery captures the full emotional weight of the stories, and by the end the listener has been transported to Joyce's Dublin.