A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is the first novel of Irish writer James Joyce A K nstlerroman in a modernist style it traces the intellectual and religio philosophical awakening of young Ste

  • Title: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • Author: James Joyce
  • ISBN: 9781537429441
  • Page: 377
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is the first novel of Irish writer James Joyce A K nstlerroman in a modernist style, it traces the intellectual and religio philosophical awakening of young Stephen Dedalus, a fictional alter ego of Joyce and an allusion to Daedalus, the consummate craftsman of Greek mythology Stephen questions and rebels against the Catholic and IA Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is the first novel of Irish writer James Joyce A K nstlerroman in a modernist style, it traces the intellectual and religio philosophical awakening of young Stephen Dedalus, a fictional alter ego of Joyce and an allusion to Daedalus, the consummate craftsman of Greek mythology Stephen questions and rebels against the Catholic and Irish conventions under which he has grown, culminating in his self exile from Ireland to Europe The work uses techniques that Joyce developed fully in Ulysses 1922 and Finnegans Wake 1939 A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man has been adapted to film.

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    1. “His soul was swooning into some new world, fantastic, dim, uncertain as under sea, traversed by cloudy shapes and beings. A world, a glimmer or a flower? Glimmering and trembling, trembling and unfolding, a breaking light, an opening flower, it spread in endless succession to itself, breaking in full crimson and unfolding and fading to palest rose, leaf by leaf and wave of light by wave of light, flooding all the heavens with its soft flushes, every flush deeper than the other.”Thus awarene [...]

    2. "Et ignotas animum dimittit in artes”(And he sets his mind to unknown arts.) - Ovid MetamorphosesThe above mentioned quote from Ovid, which appears at the start of the work, best describes the conclusion of a journey of an artist through his self, trying to come up with things that matter most, while still trying to discern his place in this world. I still remember the day, when as a teenager, ready to explore the world around me, I, once looked up in the sky, which was sunny and inspiring, an [...]

    3. I read this back in high school (and a few times since) and it blew my mind. The textual maturity grows as Stephen Daedalus grows and it is absolutely captivating. The scene where his knuckles are beaten in class (thank goodness we have moved beyond corporal punishment in schools for the most part!) was so real that my hands ached. You of course see Stephen Daedalus again in Stephen Hero as well as Ulysses.A must read.

    4. And there he was following the alleys, away from his original filial shell, searching where the way would take him, and there were icons on the walls. Icons of guilt, icons of duty. Some promised a reality beyond those grey walls announcing that there would be more light – but still imagined. Some pretended a glorious past and a glorious and heroic future for the community -- an imaginary polity. Captivating nets of restricting nationalism, coined discourses and gelled devotions. He took the t [...]

    5. Forget The Perks of Being an Insufferable Wimp; forget the hollow, hipster-plasticity of Holden Cauliflower and his phony attempts at wry observations on adolescence; forget that clumsy excuse of an experimental storyteller that is Jonathan Safran Foer, aka “Meat is Murder” Johnny, with his nauseating, gee-I-guess-our-hearts-really-are-just-too-big-to-fit-into-one-sentence-after-all mentality; forget all that useless bullshit, if, like me, you can pick up James Joyce’s The Portrait of an A [...]

    6. This book is a very dry, written version of the Dead Poet’s Society without Robin Williams. I was already grateful to Whoopi Goldberg this week for her reasonable comments about the most recent Sarah Palin ridiculousness, so I feel kind of bitter at having to be grateful for the other half of that daring duo. I had sworn them as my nemeses – minor nemeses, yes, of nowhere near the caliber of Charlie Kaufman, David Lynch, or Harold Bloom, but nemeses nonetheless. Now, I find myself thinking, [...]

    7. Words, art, lifeLife, art, wordsBEAUTIFUL! James Joyce, what a masterful writer!!This book is insightful, poetic, artistic and profound. It is , if I may say so, a tour de force of wisdom and language. I will try to make this review not ridiculously long, but as you can imagine, when a book is this good, there is no way you can write a short review and be satisfied. So let's take a look at Joyce's brilliance,1.Language- Joyce's language is fresh and unique, his techniques and style a touch of sh [...]

    8. 736. A Portrait of The Artist As A Young Man, James Joyce (1882 - 1941)A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is the first novel by Irish writer James Joyce. It traces the religious and intellectual awakening of young Stephen Dedalus, a fictional alter ego of Joyce and an allusion to Daedalus, the consummate craftsman of Greek mythology. Stephen questions and rebels against the Catholic and Irish conventions under which he has grown, culminating in his self-exile from Ireland to Europe. The wor [...]

    9. He longed to let life stream in through the windows of his mind in all its sordid and colorful glory so that he could sift through the layers of feeling, impulse and meaning and find what his restless soul craved for - that shred of truth too primevally pristine for anyone to begrime. But the world intruded rudely upon his solemn preoccupations, planted seeds of insidious doubt wherever it could find the soft, yielding ground of inchoate perceptions. His oppressors were many and unapprehended - [...]

    10. "Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed. A yellow dressinggown, ungirdled, was sustained gently behind him on the mild morning air. He held the bowl aloft and intoned:- Introibo ad altare Dei."Scratch that.At the last minute, before witnessing Buck Mulligan mocking one of church's most important celebratory traditions and embarking on my odyssey with Ulysses, I decided to take the time to get acquainted with Stephe [...]

    11. APRIL 19 (Evening): Alright. This is insane. It has been almost eighteen, 18 (has more impact) hours since I sat down to scribble something about what is going on in my mind but the right words are still elusive. And this eluding is colluding my mind no bounds. No, I did not mean to create any sense of rhythmic rhyme here. Because life is no rhyme. And far from rhythmic. It is a battle – fierce, dark, compounded with many elements and munitions and machineries and what not. It is a forever rag [...]

    12. Con el correr del tiempo y de las lecturas de sus libros, James Joyce se ha transformado en un escritor realmente interesante para mí. Su maestría literaria y su genialidad narrativa lo transforman en un artista todo terreno. Además de “Dublineses”, libro que pienso releer pronto, de “Ulises” que mi gran desafío literario cumplido el año pasado y del que leeré este año, me refiero al “Finnegan’s Wake” y este libro que pasa a formar parte de aquellas novelas que leo con tranq [...]

    13. Non Serviam:بندگی نخواهم نمودگفتم دین بیمارستان نیست که آدم تویش بستری بشود. مادر گذشت کرد. می گفت تو ذهن عجیبی داری و زیاد چیز خوانده ای. درست نیست. کم خوانده ام و کمتر فهمیده ام. بعد گفت تو بالاخره یک روزی به دین برمی گردی چون ذهن بیقراری داری. این یعنی کلیسا را از در عقب گناه ترک کرد [...]

    14. CELEBRITY DEATH MATCH : STEPHEN DEDALUS VS. HOLDEN CAULFIELD(Note : this is not part of the current ongoing Celebrity Death Match series organised by Manny but I thought I would revive it as a companion piece)****************BUCK MULLIGAN : Come on, kinch, you fearful jesuit. I’ve got a tenner on this so I have so get in that square ring and batter this lollybogger senselessEPHEN : Pro quibus tibi offérimus, vel qui tibi ófferunt hoc sacrifícium laudis.BUCK MULLIGAN : Give us a rest of your [...]

    15. First off, I have too many shelves, so Joyce must sit on the "lit-british" shelf, spinning him in his grave no doubt. (No longer! now an Irish shelf!)I read the book first in college (not for a course), then a second time a couple years ago. The 40+ year gap provided an interesting test as to what would seem familiar and what wouldn't. I barely recognized the earlier parts of the novel, more recollection (not very detailed) as I progressed. Finally I reached the end, and was shocked as I read th [...]

    16. Joyce is brilliant. And he knows it. And he loathes it. Forget the complexity of his prose (see Ulysses and Finnegan’s Wake for the really outlandish bits). Forget his literary stature. Forget his Ireland and his guilt and his Christ. Portrait provides the reader with a character with such depth and realism that I almost can’t stop crapping my pants thinking about it. His approach in crafting Stephen Dedalus (and, thus, himself) is profound, and Joyce would be legend by this invention alone. [...]

    17. «-Μου ζητάει να νηστέψω για να κοινωνήσω το Πάσχα.- Και συ;- Δεν πρόκειται, είπε ο Στήβεν.- Γιατί;- Non serviam, απάντησε.»Δυσκολεύτηκα αρκετά για να είμαι ειλικρινής. Άκουγα πολλά για τον James Joyce. Περίμενα με αγωνία να δω γιατί έχει δημιουργηθεί αυτή η φήμη. Έτσι λοιπόν μπήκα στον μαγ [...]

    18. من اروع السير الذاتية التي قرأتها .المؤلف من مرحلة الطفولة والمراهقة في مدرسة كهنوتيةًوتعليمه المسيحي الى المواقف والحوارات في هذه المرحلة مع زملائه في المدرسة الى إجازاته في بيته والحوارات بين ابيه وأعمامه واصدقاء ابيه.في مرحلة المراهقة عصى الاله وما اروع الأفكار الشخصية [...]

    19. We can readA Portrait of the Artist As a Young Manas a prequel to Ulyssess but if we reject for a while first associations then what's left ? An intimate, inner portrait of a young man who attempts to define himself as a man and an artist. If we read it this way - then it is simply an universal story about the torments of adolescence and search for his own identity, his own voice. Stephen Dedalus, overwhelmed by Irish God-and-Homeland tradition, is suffocating by provincionalism of late 19th-cen [...]

    20. An semi-autobiographic novel, featuring a fictionalized character as Joyce's alter-ego, it traces his formative childhood years that led him ambivalently away from a vocation in the clergy and into that of literature. There are sections which appealed to me (a priestly sermon on the damnation of ones soul into hell is particularly vivid), but by and large the plot line was too disjointed for me to engage with. Uncertain of exactly where I had been or what path the novel was taking me, I found my [...]

    21. فقط ما نبوده‌ایم که در بچگی ما را از جهنم و عذاب‌هایش ترسانده‌اند. آویزان شدن از موها یکی از تصویرهای جدی من از جهنم بوده و هست. برای پیروان ادیان دیگر نوع عذاب‌ها فرق دارد اما ریشه‌اش یکی است. درگیری با دین مضمون قابل توجهی است و با ذهن استیون ددالوس این موضوع به کنکاش پیچید [...]

    22. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman"Already in the preface to Richard Wagner it is asserted that art—and not morality—is the true metaphysical activity of man; several times in the book itself the provocative sentence recurs that the existence of the world is justified (gerechtfertigt) only as an aesthetic phenomenon."–Friedrich Nietzsche, The Birth of TragedyThe moon has been sighted, the siren is sounding through the air and Eid celebrations have begun here where I sit writing. The [...]

    23. Oh my god guys JOYCE. This is genuinely one of the best books I've read so far this year. Not really a plot driven novel but more a character study of the young Stephen Dedalus and his journey through his teen years. While some aspects of this novel may be difficult to understand if you don't have just a little knowledge of Irish history (names like Charles Stewart Parnell, Michael Davitt, and Wolfe Tone are mentioned quite a lot), I feel like that doesn't effect the enjoyment you can get from t [...]

    24. Unlike Ulysses, which I have tried to read too many times to count (the furthest I made it was halfway), I have read Portrait twice: once in my twenties, and again a few years ago. Although I found the religious sections a bit tedious, I was pleased to discover that my appreciation for the rest of Joyce's portrayal has increased considerably over the years.

    25. My college English professor was a huge fan of Greek mythology. So imagine his delight at dissecting the mind of Dedulus, an illusion to the Greek craftsman, Daedulus. I didn't fully understand Stephen Dedulus then, and I'm still unsure how much I understand him now. Come to think of it, can we ever fully grasp the method of James Joyce, this singular author who has managed to create masterpieces of all his novels? Do most of us even truly understand James Joyce's prose, or is it the pressure of [...]

    26. Birds in Flight"For ages, men [have] gazed upward as [they've been] gazing at birds in flight." Not surprisingly for a novel whose principal character is "Dedalus", its core theme is flight, in two senses: departure (or escape from captivity) and ascent (if not ascension). When we meet Stephen Dedalus, he is an infant, a "baby tuckoo", a bird whose wings have not yet grown or become functional. Over the course of five chapters, we witness him flee family, church, politics, country and pedestrian [...]

    27. Ars longa, vita brevis (Art is long, life is short.)Joyce's 1916 autobiographical novel follows the Irish Catholic youth Stephen Dedalus, as he develops from boyhood, plans to enter the priesthood, and, as a young man who rebels against his family and his church, planning to travel to Paris where, he vows, he will "encounter for the millionth time the reality of experience and to forge in the smithy of my soul the uncreated conscience of my race," as an artist, or "priest of the eternal imaginat [...]

    28. First thoughts:Novel - executed in the fine tradition of the autobiographical novels of the European romantic movement.Artist - an Epicurean with a studied bookish air and an affected intellectual confidence; narcissistic, if endearingly earnest; frightened away from his equals and home; looking for a worthy platform, to place the burden of the blame. An ‘artist’ only by self-definition who concludes too grandly and too futilely and too prematurely. Definitely no Künstlerroman. Can’t wait [...]

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