The Dead by James Joyce

The Dead

byJames Joyce

Kobo ebook | December 13, 2014

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The Dead is one of James Joyce’s rare and genuine masterpieces; an enchanting work of artistry deserving of the label in a thousand different ways.  It can be found on countless lists of the finest works of the 20th century, and is one of his major achievements.

JAMES JOYCE (1882-1941), one of the greatest authors of the twentieth century, transformed the art of fiction. The author of numerous novels and poems, including Ulysses, Finnegan’s Wake, and Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man, he is considered, along with Virginia Woolf, Marcel Proust, and William Faulkner, to be a central figure in the development of the modern novel.  


Title:The DeadFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:December 13, 2014Publisher:Editions Artisan Devereaux LLCLanguage:English

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Dead by James Joyce "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: 2018-04-24