This collection of 15 stories was first published in 1914. James wrote them as descriptions of middle-class life in Ireland, but in each story one or more characters has an "epiphany," - a moment where the character has a speical moment of illumination. Many of the characters in these stories later appear in his novel, Ulysses.
The stories included are "The Sisters," "An Encounter," "Araby", "Eveline", "After the Race", "Two Gallants", "The Boarding House", "A Little Cloud", "Counterparts", "Clay", "A Painful Case", "A Day in the Committee Room", "A Mother", "Grace", and "The Dead".
Clear, expressive reading of Joyce short stories
At the current price of under $4, this collection of James Joyce’s famous short stories is terrific value. The narrator puts immense effort into speaking clearly and “with expression”. The result is a thoroughly enjoyable presentation of some of the best Irish prose.
The only downside is the narrator’s wincingly bad “Irish” accent that tends to flip randomly between the American and Irish pronunciation of such common words as “halfpenny” and “shone”. I understand that this annoys some listeners more than others – and is my only reason for giving it fewer than five stars.
Nicely done and very interesting. A worthwhile addition for your iPad.
Find Another Reading :-(
The stories are great, of course, and if I don't have anything nice to say, I usually don't say anything at all, however in this case the poor quality of the reading is so egregious that I really feel an obligation to warn others away, to find another reading.
Others have mentioned the numerous mispronunciations, which are indeed distracting. I am, of course, willing to forgive a number of these if the reader nevertheless taps into the life of the stories and communicates that in any degree to the listener, but unfortunately that is not the case here. Instead he reads, I suspect, with the false respect or hyper-self-consciousness of handling a "classic," with the almost inevitable result of a stilted, lifeless performance, likely to frighten people away from Joyce, rather than draw them in. There is much humor to be found in the text, yet the reader misses nearly every opportunity. He has little sense of the rhythms inherent in the text, and in storytelling in general, I'm afraid - to say nothing of Irish storytelling.