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Dubliners is a collection of 15 short stories. I don't feel it is worthwhile to summarize most of these stories since they are, for the most part, 10 or fewer pages and can be read in a matter of minutes. On the whole, however, this book follows 15 different people, or groups of people, in the city of Dublin, Ireland. Their stories are only loosely connected, if at all.

The longest of the stories, "The Dead", follows a young man Gabriel as he participates in an extravagant party thrown by his aunts. After the party, he and his wife stay in a hotel where he, caught up with a burning passion to make love after the party and the cold cab ride, finds his wife overcome with grief. A song sung at the end of the party reminds her of a young man she loved when she was young. He died after a trip to see her in the rain, where he confessed his love for her and begged her not to leave for the convent.


Dubliners - Paperback

I read Dubliners after finishing How to Read Literature Like a Professor because I thought it would present the perfect opportunity to test out the tools that How to presents. …

- March 7, 2010


"He watched the scene and thought of life; and (as always happened when he thought of life) he became sad. A gentle melancholy took possession of him. He felt how useless it was to struggle against fortune, this being the burden of wisdom which the ages had bequeathed to him."

James Joyce in Dubliners

"There was no hope for him this time: it was the third stroke."

James Joyce the First Line of Dubliners

"His soul swooned slowly as he heard the snow falling faintly through the universe and faintly falling, like the descent of their last end, upon all the living and the dead."

James Joyce the Last Line of in Dubliners

Originally Published June 1, 1914

Paperback edition:

225 pages - June 1, 1993

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