Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Best Recommended Reading III


This is the big one:

"Araby" by James Joyce

By "big one" I mean this is the story that launched a thousand pages.
Ten years later and the Joyce fascination still burns within me and this story still stirs me all up.
Some would say A&P is an Araby story itself. I accept that.

When you think about how much this story accomplishes in so little length, it's stunning. And then to begin to run your brain through the heaps and layers of symbolism and whatnot. A brief masterpiece. Nothing less than.

Previously:

Recommended Reading I: Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?
Recommended Reading II: A&P

Really, around here "recommended" is just a nice word for "required."

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ah, Araby. My first introduction to Joyce. Although I tend to favor The Dead because it allowed me to escape writing a HS AP English thesis (was allowed to compose and perform a piano composition inspired by the last line instead).

***His soul swooned slowly as he heard the snow falling faintly through the universe, and faintly falling, like the descent of their last end, upon all the living and the dead.***

Ah, a classic.

Ryan

Mary said...

Hey I just did my required reading. Thanks for linking it.

Brig said...

Don't let it be said or thought that I don't fully endorse the Dead (or Ryan Ricks). I do. I do.