The Dead by James Joyce

The Dead

byJames Joyce

Kobo ebook | March 21, 2015

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The Dead is the final short story in the 1914 collection Dubliners by James Joyce. It is the longest story in the collection. At 15,672 words it has also been considered a novella.

Title:The DeadFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:March 21, 2015Publisher:Liongate PressLanguage: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: 2018-04-25