I finally finished reading this today!
1. Yes, mostly involving travel.
3. Yes. I‘d like to visit Antarctica but don‘t like being cold.
4. I just started this and already want to bail. It‘s my own copy, though, so I‘ll pick it up later when I don‘t have library books due and fast-approaching book club meetings.
The maturing youth, in losing faith, turns to intellectualism in his art to fill the void, but finds in the shadows of his emotion form without content. The pride of his craft and his ultimate decision push him onward into a sterile and static loneliness from which he might be saved only in the humility of the self-choice of repentance. This book is the essence of melancholy for those who can understand the hopeless reflections of a doomed poet.
My current read!!! And damn it's slow in pace.
Semi Autobiographical in nature, I've been engrossed in certain parts of this book so much, that it has been a hard time coming back to reality😭.....and certain parts of it, just put me too sleep.😪
Hands down one of the most conflicting/polarising books I've read in my life✋✋
Onwards to the next book in my road to Ulysses, I loved sections of Dubliners so let‘s see what we find here!
I would suggest reading this if you're into Modernist writing. It's certainly not my favorite book, but it had a lot of good moments. I'm satisfied having read it; perhaps I'm satisfied saying that I've read it.
I struggled to connect with the characters, but a lot of my peers didn't. Maybe it's a me thing. I'd suggest reading if you're a lit. major for sure. I could at least learn from the writing style.
Doing my trip of Belgium ( Brussels - Ghent - Brugge - Antwerp) and found a lovely bookshop + coffeeshop where I had to buy a book ( so I got the local Harry Potter copy for my collection and this book which I've been meaning to read for a while) I haven't read much so far, but we are having a nice break for tea and I'll try and read some more!
I enjoyed it thoroughly. Again. it's the fourth time. Academic reads. (Can't dare to read apart from college stuffs at this moment??). It has everything I look for in a non-fiction. Beautiful way of description. Characters are well conceived. Perfect way to present an almost autobiography. I love Joyce. Looking forward to read "Ulysses" too.
A must read for every Bookworm... if you still haven't.
"He was unheeded, happy, and near to the wild heart of life."
The moment of liberation at the end.
Joyce is a complicated author. He knows how to transport you to an early 20th-century Ireland. This is a semi-autobiographical novel, and the reflection of coming-of-age for a boy during an important period of Ireland‘s political history=spot-on. The discussions of Catholicism, philosophy, and politics were brilliant. I can‘t say I enjoyed the whole book, but I‘m happy to have read it. I‘d recommend starting with Dubliners if you‘re new to Joyce!
“I will try to express myself in some mode of life or art as freely as I can and as wholly as I can, using for my defense the only arms I allow myself to use—silence, exile, and cunning”
“I will not serve that in which I no longer believe wether it call itself my home, my fatherland or my church: and I will try to express myself in some mode of life or art as freely as I can and as wholly as I can, using for my defense the only arms I allow myself to use -silence, exile and cunning.”
“When the soul of a man is born in this country there are nets flung at it to hold it back from flight. You talk to me about nationality, language, religion. I shall try to fly by those nets.”
Loving this book 👍
“This race and this country and this life produced me, he said. I shall express myself as I am.”
Taking a break to curl up with my book :)
A wonderful quote from this beautiful book
“He was destined to learn his own wisdom apart from others or to learn the wisdom of others himself wondering among the snares of the world”
Many thanks to @Marmie7 for this beautiful bookmark! 💕
I love the way Joyce‘s writing makes the reader empathize with the characters and almost feel and experience each scene, as a witness to it or as if it is happening to you. He had previously witnessed another boy being struck and had wondered how painful it would be. Makes you feel that life is but a narrative in which you are alternately the narrator and main character and get to experience it both through others‘ perceptions and your own.
“The air was soft and gray and mild and evening was coming. There was the smell of evening in the air, the smell of the fields in the country where they digged up turnips to peal them and eat them when they went out for a walk to Major Barton‘s, the smell there was in the little wood beyond the pavilion where the gallnuts were.”
“Stephen, raising his terrorstricken face, saw that his father‘s eyes were full of tears”
Prepping up for cozy December reading time!
*sigh* Am I even allowed to "pan" Joyce here??
Yes this had great passages, yes this was interesting to study in class, yes this is an amazingly intricate narrative in the tradition of a Bildungsroman... But it was SUCH a struggle to read. I can't really say that I enjoyed it, not one bit. Sorry.
First required reading of the semester for my course on Modernist Lit!
Perks of being a bookworm: saving money! --> half of the required reading list is already on your TBR shelves at home! I scored this at the used bookstore months ago - it's pretty cute 😍
I found out about #Boxalls1001Books and decided to look at the list- English major I figured I would have read many- nope only 150 so miles to go(if I bother-Bret Easton Ellis, I think not). This was the book for my honors paper in High School and I just reread- Stephen Dedalus grows up. Short and yes, in the early 80s we were reading the dead white men almost exclusively- this one I liked as well as the Annotated podcast episode on Ulysses.
Book porn for #foliofreaks. ❤
"Old father, old artificer, stand me now and ever in good stead." This line always brings a lump to my throat. Stephen Dedalus invokes his namesake from Greek myth, the craftsman Daedalus, as he embarks on the writing life. To become an artificer like Daedalus, only using words as tools. Stephen's own father doesn't understand him. This is poignant, revealing his need for a father figure & mentor who does. #fathers #JuneBookBugs @RealLifeReading
A day late, I'm going with a classic Irish author. I remember reading "the dead," in high school English and being kind of blown away. I have yet to tackle "Ulysses," someday perhaps. #irishauthors #marchintoreading