Review by Choice Review
Readers will be familiar with Gabler, whose critical edition of Ulysses (CH, Dec'84) continues to excite interest and controversy. While noting that the text of this new edition of Dubliners and that edited for Viking by Robert Scholes in 1967 (now out of print) are "close in their readings," Gabler points out that, taken as a whole, the Garland edition is such that it "encompasses, beyond the words of the text, the totality of its presentation in print." The introduction traces the history of this controversial work, which is further illustrated by examples of manuscript traces that predate the first edition. The text itself is supported by various types of bibliographic apparatus, calculated to provide a definitive reading of Dubliners. It is difficult to say at this point whether this work will receive the same attention devoted to Gabler's Ulysses, but it should interest principally scholars, bibliographers, and graduate students. And, as the Viking edition is no longer in print, the text should serve undergraduates, who may not have to concern themselves with bibliographic matters. J. A. Wiseman; Trent University
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Review by Booklist Review
Irish. 1882-1941. The only volume of stories by one of the greatest literary figures of all time, the Dubliners cycle renders key moments in ordinary lives in less arcane prose than that found in Joyce's novels; yet his carefully worded stories prowl deep in seemingly still psychological waters.
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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review
Frank and Malachy McCourt and 13 Irish actors bring Joyce's short stories to life in this well-produced audiobook. None of the readers employ a thick accent in the narrative portions, but for dialogue they let their imitative talents shine and their Irish lilts bloom. Brendan Coyle and Charles Keating, reading "A Little Cloud" and "Grace" respectively, give such wonderful expression to the idiosyncrasies of every individual voice that the listener is never confused even when numerous men are talking. Joyce wrote only sparingly in actual dialect, but most of the readers interpret his intentions freely and successfully. Fionnula Flanagan is perfect reading "A Mother," her voice shifting easily between prim and proper tones and fiery indignation punctuated with little sighs. It helps that Joyce's writing is so masterful that when Flanagan and the two other actresses read the three stories that revolve around women, their words sound utterly natural. Not all the performances are on the same level-Stephen Rea's cold, somber voice is apt for the meditative beginning and ending sections of the collection's most famous story, "The Dead," but too flat for the central description of a lively party. This audiobook creates the atmosphere of a fireside storytelling session that will hold any listener in rapt attention. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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Review by Library Journal Review
Joyce's classic has been recorded before, of course, but in this new version, each of the 15 stories will be read by a different person, including writers Frank McCourt, Malachy McCourt, and Patrick McCabe, and actors Ciaran Hinds and Colm Meaney. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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