Short Story #16. Araby (James Joyce)

Deal Me In Reading Challenge: I drew the five of spades.

Story: Araby, by James Joyce (I downloaded it from http://www.classicshorts.com/stories/araby.html )

Comments: One of the books that I’m currently reading is “How to Read Literature Like a Professor” by Thomas C. Foster.  In the chapter 7, “…Or the Bible”, he writes about Araby as a “loss of innocence” story, or a story of “the Fall”.   Shortly after reading that chapter, I drew this story for the DMI challenge, so I read it very much in the light of Foster’s comments.

I was a little hesitant about dipping into Joyce, as some of his work is rather challenging, but I needn’t have worried: this story is very accessible.  As a coming-of-age story, it strikes a chord that resonates in everyone, I guess.

There is an excellent review of it on The Guardian website, here, though it is fairly spoiler-ish.

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3 thoughts on “Short Story #16. Araby (James Joyce)

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  2. I’ve been hearing about that Forster book for awhile. How do you like it?

    I’ve had pretty good luck with my James Joyce stories so far. “The Dead” was one in particular that made a big impression on me.

    • I like the Forster book quite a lot. A lot of what’s in it, I know intuitively, or from experience, but it’s good get it all laid out systematically. And he uses really concrete examples, so it’s not just theory.

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