Araby by James Joyce

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Post by Esperanza1988 » 28 Mar 2011, 04:06

Thanks for sharing your idea. It is brilliant!

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Post by twilightchick792 » 11 Apr 2012, 12:12

very wild short stoy

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Post by mrjerseys » 10 May 2012, 04:57

When she addressed the first words to me I was so confused that I did not know what to answer. She asked me was I going to Araby.

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Post by cahillcahill » 05 Oct 2012, 04:58

This is my one of favourite by James Joyce. I always enjoy It is good to read Arabic stories. Thank you

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Post by tobeywilson » 18 Apr 2014, 11:19

I just picked up dubliners for two dollars at a book sale. I have a massive crush on how Joyce makes emotion fill a page an subsequently the mind. The disappointment in this piece is almost palpable, like pouring milk in the last bowl of your favorite cereal and then discovering the milk had spoiled, or drinking an irish car bomb too slow. I love it, it's painfully hopeful and then hopeless. I love that everything goes wrong because it doesn't really slow the boy down until the very end, which shows how hopeful he was. Just beautifully written.

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Post by DickDatchery » 12 Jul 2014, 20:25

This was one of the first stories assigned in one of the first English classes I took in college. It made me want to be a writer. It shows why short stories are great--every word used so precisely and every word, sentence, and paragraph placed exactly where it must be. Novels are wonderful, but very few I have read have been able to sustain the level of perfection of a great short story over the entire length of the novel. Each is great in its own way--a short story, at its best, is a flawless literary gem and a great novel is a world.
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Post by Hope Against Hope » 16 Dec 2014, 22:44

Reads much more fluid than "Ulysses" (of which I have read twice and still have yet to comprehend a single word).

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Post by 3chicnP » 23 Dec 2014, 22:53

Very nice review/summary. It sounds interesting. I'm going to go down to Barnes & Noble and pick up a copy of this.
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Post by KWill20 » 09 Aug 2015, 19:52

I had to read this in school and it quickly became one of my favorites! Joyce's work in general is amazing!
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Post by RockStedy » 08 Sep 2015, 17:08

Very good short story. The author connects the reader with the characters instantly to the point we feel involved with the actions of the characters.

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Post by Serena_Charlotte » 10 Sep 2015, 15:08

I love Araby. James Joyce is just so skilled at creating this little boy with an obsession. He spins this tale in a way that is cute but not stalker-ish which is what most stories tend to be when they are about obsessions with people. Very good story!
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Post by Megbeth84 » 12 Oct 2015, 23:43

I love James Joyce and am so glad to see have a chance to read this story again. I love "Dubliners" as a short story collection and this is one of my favorites in it. I have always felt so strongly for this boy and his disappointment. Joyce's adult male figures never do seem to be particularly nice men and that always fascinates me. I always wish to know more about Ireland and the stereotype about Irish men because I always got the sense (probably mostly from my obsession with the movie Nora) that Joyce didn't fit into whatever the masculine ideal is. The men in his stories always feel so remote and separate, a common theme I know but always interesting to me given how angry I am at the Uncle in this story and his casual rejection of the boy and his wishes.

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Post by Fatimabashir » 11 Aug 2018, 23:42

It's an amazing and totally killing story that pushed me into my past sadness and tears followed down the cheeks but it caused no pain perhaps a feeling that will live with me forever.I am totally in love with the story

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Post by PeachyEssay » 09 Aug 2019, 13:57

Araby. I have never once thought that I would love a text, given to me in English lessons. But this, this is something special.

As short as it is, Joyce skilfully paints an ethereal image which is so simple yet, deep, down to its core. The delicacy of his words in every sentence to the eccentricity and depth of each character, succinctly manifests a thought provoking message by the end.

One of, if not the, most beautiful short story I've come across. Definitely worth a read.

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