The James Joyce Audio Collection

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9780007154302: The James Joyce Audio Collection

James Joyce and Cyril Cusack bring some of Joyce's most memorable works to life. 1. James Joyce reads from Ulysses -- passage from the Aeolus episode ...circa 1921 4:11 2. Chamber Music, I--XXXVI -- Cyril Cusack 22:25 3. James Joyce reads from Finnegan's Wake -- passage from Anna Livia Plurabelle...circa 1932 8:31 4. Pomes Penyeach-read -- Cyril Cusack 9:16 5. Ecce Puer -- Cyril Cusack 0:37 James Joyce's self-referential, allusive, and pun-filled works are widely recognized as the signature pieces of European modernist literature, and helped hasten the 20th Century break from traditionally recognized forms of prose. He repeatedly explored the themes of childhood and adulthood, and youth and maturity while simultaneously widening the boundaries of the novel. This collection includes a most fascinating treat -- the landmark recording of James Joyce reading a section from Ulysses. This rare recording was made in 1924, and Joyce's reading provides the singular experience of hearing the work as he intended it to be read. He also reads from another of his most important works -- Finnegan's Wake. Cyril Cusack also provides a unique insight of spoken-word to a small selection of Joyce's wonderful works.

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James Augustine Aloysius Joyce was born in Dublin in 1882. One of the most influential writers of the 20th Century, Joyce's life was punctuated by poverty, critical controversy and self-imposed exile. Joyce was one of the pioneering figures of modernism and counted W.B. Yeats and Ezra Pound amongst his earliest supporters. Before his death in 1941, Joyce had published Ulysses, Finnegan's Wake, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Dubliners; works that today are recognized as amongst the greatest achievements in literature.

James Augustine Aloysius Joyce was born in Dublin in 1882. One of the most influential writers of the 20th Century, Joyce's life was punctuated by poverty, critical controversy and self-imposed exile. Joyce was one of the pioneering figures of modernism and counted W.B. Yeats and Ezra Pound amongst his earliest supporters. Before his death in 1941, Joyce had published Ulysses, Finnegan's Wake, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Dubliners; works that today are recognized as amongst the greatest achievements in literature.

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Joyce's work doesn't lend itself to excerpts--ULYSSES and FINNEGANS WAKE are challenging (or incomprehensible) enough as completed works. But this collection, for the most part, is successful. First, there are two complete stories from DUBLINERS, read with skill and pathos by Jim Norton and Colm Meaney. There are also some virtuoso set pieces: Cyril Cusack's Christmas dinner scene from A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST and Siobhan McKenna's soliloquy of Molly Bloom are both magnificent. And as a special treat, the listener can compare McKenna's brilliant interpretation of an episode in FINNEGANS WAKE with the same passage read by Joyce himself in 1932. (Another recording of Joyce reading from ULYSSES in 1924 is an intriguing, if barely audible, piece of audio history.) Ultimately, this is an appetizer rather than a meal, but it's an awfully tasty one. D.B. © AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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