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Irish Short Story Month starts tomorrow!
Event Resources-Links to lots of short stories, from classics to brand new works. If you have any questions or suggestions or if you are an author and want to be featured, please feel free to email me.
Consider posting on your favorite story from The Dubliners for Irish Short Story Month-March 1 to 31
"Do you know what Ireland is? asked Stephen with cold violence. Ireland is the old sow that eats her farrow"
It follows the development and intellectual awaking of Stephen Daedalus a young Irishman. We see him begin to strain against his Catholic roots. I first read this book maybe 40 years or so ago. I am glad I have now read it for a second time. The prose is amazing, the theological, artistic and philosophical arguments go to the core of early 20th century culture.
Declan Kiberd in Inventing Ireland: The Literature of the Modern Nation says one of the very basic themes of Irish literature is the weak or absent father and he deals extensively with this theme in Joyce. I have begun lately doing word counts on some of the works I read. Here are some results from Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.
Father -195 times
God 228 times