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The Dead Audiobook

The Dead

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In "The Dead", a story from James Joyce's Dubliners, Gabriel Conroy and his wife, Gretta, attend an annual dance and dinner hosted by the Morkan sisters. Confrontations throughout the night, including challenges to his Irish nationalism and the increasingly distant behavior of his wife, cause him annoyance and frustration. When Gretta, in a sentimental mood, tells about a former love, Gabriel begins to question the truth about his life. Jim Norton delivers this complex narrative with an impressive authority, exerting command over the nuances of Joyce's language, and his judicious use of Irish accents makes the characters spring to life.

Publisher's Summary

This is a story from the Dubliners, Volume 2 collection.

In the second half of Joyce's collection of stories about the citizens of Dublin at the turn of the century, the young author deals with themes of adulthood - of loss, parenthood, politics, religion, and - as in the earlier stories - of disappointment. Rich in humor and musical allusion, they contain (in "A Painful Case," for example, and "The Dead"), some of Joyce's most powerful and moving prose. Holding none of the difficulties of Joyce's most powerful and moving prose. Holding none of the difficulties of Joyce's later novels, such as Ulysses, Dubliners is, in its way, just as radical. These stories introduce us to the city which fed Joyce's entire creative output, and to many of the characters who made it such a well of literary inspiration.

Public Domain (P)1999 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd.

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    Joan J. 31/03/2015
    Joan J. 31/03/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "The most beautiful short story?"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Without hesitation. Masterly crafted by Joyce, and the reading from Jim Norton - flawless.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The wind down at the end. Sublime.


    Have you listened to any of Jim Norton’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I haven't listened to any other of Jim Norton's performances, but after hearing his handling of this work, I will be looking out for more readings by Jim.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Again, the wind down at the end (denoument.) Both beautiful and sad.


    Any additional comments?

    If you find yourself with an hour and a half to spare, download this. Low price - highest of quality. Dim the lights and let Joyce and Jim work their magic. You won't be disappointed.

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    Highlight 10/03/2016
    Highlight 10/03/2016 Member Since 2016

    I Just ❤️ My Audiobooks 🌹Listen to them 24/7

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    "Not Something to Get Excited About"

    Not one of my favourites. An oddity and very old fashioned, which normally is irrelevant to me, but in this case is at the forefront of what I do not like. The moral of the story is what it is all about and I became exceedingly disappointed when the long awaited climax turned out to be a rather flat ending. I will need to listen to this several times over the next few years, maybe then it will grow on me and the 'so called beauty' of this story will reveal itself.

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