The Dead (Annotated) by James Joyce

The Dead (Annotated)

byJames Joyce, James Mulligan

Kobo ebook | December 7, 2011

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It is now approaching one hundred years since the first publication of The Dead and this wonderful story continues to fascinate readers, even prompting in recent times a film adaptation and a stage play. There are many who feel it is the finest short story/novella ever written. Beautifully executed in so many ways, multilayered and possessing an ineffable delicateness in subtlety throughout, it may indeed be James Joyce’s finest writing. There is something so captivating in the way The Dead unfolds that even peripheral characters such as Lily the caretaker’s daughter, Miss Ivors and Bartell D’Arcy take on a very definite existence and linger with the reader taken through this tale of tussle between the living and the dead. Critical interest in the story has remained active with scholars still debating the meaning of the title, still searching out the meaning of Gabriel’s ‘journey westward’, and continuing identifying thematic significances. One fact that there is unanimity upon is that Gabriel Conroy is James Joyce—and the twenty-five year-old James Joyce writing the story in Trieste in the spring and summer of 1907 is harsh on himself: ‘A shameful consciousness of his own person assailed him. He saw himself as a ludicrous figure, acting as a pennyboy for his aunts, a nervous well-meaning sentimentalist, orating to vulgarians and idealizing his own clownish lusts, the pitiable fatuous fellow he had caught a glimpse of in the mirror. Instinctively he turned his back more to the light lest she might see the shame that burned upon his forehead.’ The ending of the story where Gabriel looks out the window of his room in the Gresham Hotel and watches the snow — ‘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.’ — is quite unforgettable. This lavishly illustrated version of The Dead contains fifty illustrations of the contemporary Dublin world depicted in the novella. Many of the photos, including photos of the opera singers mentioned, are seen for the first time in Joycean material.
Title:The Dead (Annotated)Format:Kobo ebookPublished:December 7, 2011Publisher:BookBabyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1626750785

ISBN - 13:9781626750784

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Dead "The Dead" is the final story in the 1914 collection Dubliners by James Joyce. The other stories in the collection are shorter, The Dead is long enough to be described as a novella. I don't want to spoil anything about the story by giving a plot synopsis (it is a fast read - 30 minutes, tops - and is available for free online); the resonance of the story, where Joyce finally spoke to me, occurs in the last 500 words. With a light touch, and a wonderful narrative twist, Joyce reminds the reader that we all live under the shadow of the dead. From the memory and legacy of our departed family to the meal we just ate, the ubiquity of death is what gives weight to life. Joyce uses a death in the story to bring clarity to one of the story's characters - and as readers we get to witness the unfurling of the blossom of knowledge, perhaps even some measure of wisdom, that occurs from grappling with The Dead.
Date published: 2018-04-25