Strathern, Paul. James Joyce in 90 Minutes.

Author:Pucci, Anthony
Position:Brief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review

STRATHERN, Paul. James Joyce in 90 minutes. (Great Writers in 90 Minutes.) Ivan R. Dee. 113p. bibliog. index. c2005. 1-56663-648-5. $8.95. SA

In his introduction, Strathern suggests that the world of modernism began in the early 1900s with the work of Picasso, Einstein, and Stravinsky; and that James Joyce achieved its ultimate expression in 1922 with his novel Ulysses. Reading one of Strathern's texts is comparable to attending the lecture of a noted professor. Strathern highlights key facts about Joyce's personal life, such as the impact of his strict Catholic childhood in Dublin, financial struggles, alcoholism, and severe eye problems. These facts, however, are presented only in so far as they illuminate Joyce's work. Strathern explains that Joyce perceived the short story collection, Dubliners, as chapters in the "'moral history of...

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