A review by idrees2022
Dubliners, by James Joyce


Until now the short story hasn't appealed to much as a literary form. But the sheer vision, craft and artistry of Dubliners has forced me to revise my view. Each story in this collection is as near perfection as one imagines a work of art to be. Like Tolstoy at his best, there is a certain harshness to its realism. There is no sentimentality or hyperbole in its tightly plotted vignettes of fin-de-siecle Dublin life. Its understated irony is placed in sharp relief by a prose which is lean and precise. It is also clear that Joyce had major influence on the short story as it was developed by Hemingway. All in all, a truly delightful read.