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.