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  • By: Richard Ellman
  • Narrated by: John Keating
  • Length: 37 hrs and 48 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (42 ratings)

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James Joyce

By: Richard Ellman
Narrated by: John Keating
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Summary

Richard Ellmann has revised and expanded his definitive work on Joyce's life to include newly discovered primary material, including details of a failed love affair, a limerick about Samuel Beckett, a dream notebook, previously unknown letters, and much more.

©1982 Richard Ellman (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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Excellent book. Foreign language quotations in reading a problem.

Really great biography, however, there are several passages in languages other than English which are not translated. Obviously a problem if you are not fluent in French, Latin, German and Italian. With respect to the reader, who does a good job, his pronunciation of French is not great so even if you do speak those languages you might not understand. Doesn’t spoil overall enjoyment of the book though.

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Mesmerising book, partially adequate reading

The book being a true page turner (well, assuming you are interested in Joyce work and life) the listening would have been a great joy too, were it only not for the utterly inadequate renderings of the numerous quotations in French, German and Italian. This fatal stab on Joyce key languages of expression is only partially compensated by the very sonorous and melodic voice with what seems a mild Irish accent that is very fitting for Joyce's quotations in English

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Brilliant Biography, slightly odd reading.

What was one of the most memorable moments of James Joyce?

Joyce meeting Proust and both complaining about their health.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

He has no legato, so he .......puts in .....strange........pauses. Some strangled French and Italian to boot.

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Despite the slightly odd reading (which is perfectly acceptable) this remains a truly remarkable biography. Every page is fascinating and the advantage over Gordon Bowker's fine effort (also recommended) is the analysis of the works and the sheer breadth of the research and scholarship. A monumental achievement.

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Ellman breaths life into JJ

great to know more about She the penman. A true genius and life brilliantly told and narrated.

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Excellent

Great book and perfect narration. Very long but did not seem so. Engaging throughout.

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This was such a great book excellent

I loved this book beautifully told I feel sad now I've finished it Wonderful Amazing

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