A highly autobiographical tale of the growth of a young man's mind, and his striving for independence
WITH INTRODUCTIONS BY DR DIETER FUCHS AND JOSEPH O'CONNOR
Against the backdrop of nineteenth century Dublin, a boy becomes a man: his mind testing its powers, obsessions taking hold and loosening again, the bonds of family, tradition, nation and religion transforming from supports into shackles; until the young man devotes himself to the celebration of beauty, and reaches for independence and the life of an artist.
“Joyce's depiction of the early Dublin life of Stephen Dedalus towers over modern literature, providing a stylistic blueprint and creative touchstone for artists young and old”
“It's damn well written”
“There is nothing more vivid or beautiful in all Joyce's writing. It has the searing clarity of truth...but is rich with myth and symbol”
“James Joyce is my favourite novelist...Once I had read [this] I knew that I could never create anything that even came close to Joyce's magic”
James Patterson, Sunday Express