By James Joyce
James Joyce's coming-of-age tale, a travel de strength of favor and technique
The first, shortest, and such a lot approachable of James Joyce’s novels, A Portrait of the Artist as a tender Man portrays the Dublin upbringing of Stephen Dedalus, from his younger days at Clongowes wooden university to his radical wondering of all conference. In doing so, it presents an indirect self-portrait of the younger Joyce himself. At its middle lie questions of starting place and resource, authority and authorship, and the connection of an artist to his family members, tradition, and race. Exuberantly artistic common, the radical subtly and fantastically orchestrates the styles of citation and repetition instrumental in its hero’s quest to create his personal personality, his personal language, existence, and paintings: “to forge within the smithy of my soul the uncreated moral sense of my race.”
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His father had told him, whatever he did, never to peach on a fellow. He shook his head and answered no and felt glad. Wells said: —I didn't mean to, honour bright. It was only for cod. I'm sorry. The face and the voice went away. Sorry because he was afraid. Afraid that it was some disease. Canker was a disease of plants and cancer one of animals: or another different. That was a long time ago then out on the playgrounds in the evening light, creeping from point to point on the fringe of his line, a heavy bird flying low through the grey light.
A bad business! Mr Dedalus repeated: —A priest-ridden Godforsaken race! He pointed to the portrait of his grandfather on the wall to his right. —Do you see that old chap up there, John? he said. He was a good Irishman when there was no money in the job. He was condemned to death as a whiteboy. But he had a saying about our clerical friends, that he would never let one of them put his two feet under his mahogany. Dante broke in angrily: —If we are a priest-ridden race we ought to be proud of it!
And she did not like him to play with Eileen because Eileen was a protestant and when she was young she knew children that used to play with protestants and the protestants used to make fun of the litany of the Blessed Virgin. TOWER OF IVORY, they used to say, HOUSE OF GOLD! How could a woman be a tower of ivory or a house of gold? Who was right then? And he remembered the evening in the infirmary in Clongowes, the dark waters, the light at the pierhead and the moan of sorrow from the people when they had heard.
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Penguin Classics) by James Joyce