Often cited as the best work of short fiction ever written, Joyce's elegant story details a New Year's Eve gathering in Dublin that is so evocative and beautiful that it prompts the protagonist's wife to make a shocking revelation to her husband—closing the story with an emotionally powerful epiphany that is unsurpassed in modern literature.
"The Dead" is the final short story in Joyce's 1914 collection Dubliners. It is the longest story in the collection and widely considered to be one of the greatest short stories in the English language. At 15,672 words it has also been considered a novella.
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Even though I read the reviews about the poor narration, I purchased this book anyway because I know it and love it. I suppose one cannot totally take away from the artistry of the structure and beauty of the words; however, the distraction of the reading (expression/cadence and fake accent) was hard to ignore. It reminded me a high school student who, unaware of the subtle and profound nature of a work, yet aware of its stature, creates affectation, rather than let a work speak for itself.
what a shame
This is one of the best novella's ever written. Unfortuanately the narration does not do it justice.
poor reading of wonderful story.