Author: James Joyce
When we think of James Joyce, we think of Ulysses- the grandest and his most famous novel. I am sure most of us haven't read it. In fact, it is the most commonest of jokes that people who buy Ulysses hardly ever read it. It is acknowledged to be one of the hardest reads in literature. However, if you want to read Joyce, though you aren't sure if Ulysses is really for you, then go for Dubliners.
Dubliners is a set of fifteen short stories that have a broad chaotic theme. Between the stories there is no flow of logical sequence, yet individually are in Joyce's most used modernist style of narration. The only key overall structure of this collection is the chronological progress in the age of the narrators- starting from stories and lives of young children, slowly graduating in age and maturity, and ends with the short story "The Dead". Another striking style of Joyce in every short story in this collection is his idea of an epiphany- a moment of sudden, dawning realization in his protagonists of each story, from the simplest of things to their feelings about life and death.
Many characters were further developed and they were featured in Joyce's Ulysses. Although Joyce will always be known for Ulysses, I think Dubliners is the place to start! It is a slice of reality of life- as people process events, stumble upon situations where they need to make a decision, and as they move on about the bigger picture of life. It is subtle, yet the readers cannot avoid the epiphany it focuses on. I really enjoyed it!