A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Version: Abridged
Author: James Joyce
Narrator: Jim Norton
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Classics
Publisher: Naxos Audiobooks
Published In: August 2005
# of Units: 7 CDs
Length: 8 hours, 21 minutes
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In A Portrait of The Artist as a Young Man, Joyce describes the early life of Stephen Dedalus: significant memories from infancy, schooldays, family life, his first taste of sin, guilt, repentance – and his passage to freedom as he elects to leave Ireland for ever. This is, in effect, autobiography. Stephen is Joyce; every person he encounters and every incident he experiences, is drawn from life. The writing, though, displays the colour and imagination of the very finest fiction, in language which cries out to be read aloud.

Reviews (1)

Too brilliant for drive-time

Written by nittany1979 on July 11th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This book is scripted by a master who has an expert grasp on the English language. Its eloquent pages and deeply descriptive inner monologues are not suited for a car ride, as the action is brief and the inner thoughts and battles dominate the pages. You will not be able to give this book the attention to detail it warrants while driving, it is a MUST READ but certainly not a MUST LISTEN.

Author Details

Author Details

Joyce, James

James Joyce, the twentieth century's most influential novelist, was born in Dublin on February 2, 1882. The oldest of ten children, he grew up in a family that went from prosperity to penury because of his father's wastrel behavior. After receiving a rigorous Jesuit education, twenty-year-old Joyce renounced his Catholicism and left Dublin in 1902 to spend most of his life as a writer in exile in Paris, Trieste, Rome, and Zurich. On one trip back to Ireland, he fell in love with the now famous Nora Barnacle on June 16, the day he later chose as "Bloomsday" in his novel "Ulysses. "Nara was an u