A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce

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  1. Wilson H. Says:

    Summary:
    A Portrait starts out from the perspective of one Stephen Daedalus, an excitable, deep character constantly grappling with his social life, religion, purpose, etc, etc. The timeline starts in grade school, or in Stephen’s case, Clongowes, and grows to constantly question his intentions and direction in life. Eventually this leads up to his rebellion against social and religious status quo, by way of a series of revelations or epiphanies deep inside his own conscience. This happens over the course of his young adult life all the way through college: this tale of inner turmoil against a perceived fate, against a complacency that goes unbound, against life, and life’s inevitable ends.

    Evaluation:
    This might be the first time I re-read a book. I usually don’t, but there just seems like so much of a gap to fill in my understanding of the book I just finished, so much to learn, to perceive… I was entranced during the majority of reading this novel; I befriended its characters, I explored its setting. There was so much for me to pull from, quite a wealth of material for the philosophical thinker, yet I still hunger for more. Stephen almost imparts his esthetic epiphanies directly to me, a trait to be coveted by most authors in this era. All artistic movements, I realize, have taken from Stephen’s character in one way or another. From Hippies to Hipsters, all artists draw from the philosophy of James Joyce.

    5 / 5 Stars

    Recommendations:
    The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
    Hamlet by William Shakespeare
    The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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