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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old February 15th, 2006, 19:28 Thread Starter
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Has anyone read A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man?

I have 6 questions on the first 16 or so pages of this book for English homework. It's by James Joyce and it's really hard to understand as he uses stream of consciousness.

The question is:

What evidence is there that Stephen, like Joyce himself, has poor eyesight?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old February 16th, 2006, 15:33
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A shame that people are forced to read Joyce. I've found it more of an ordeal than an enjoyment in the past and given up on three seperate occassions trying to read "Ulysses".

I have the book you are referring to and think the answer might be found on page two when Joyce talks about what Stephen is lacking to become a football captain.

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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old March 13th, 2006, 04:35
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I wonder how anybody can lable it an ordeal!This book is a bit abstract but this is what makes it interesting and so real and close to life we experience.
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Each to their own. I found it it a labour rather than an enjoyment. I've read alot better and enjoyed alot more. I don't mind a bit of abstract but this was too abstact to be a joy for me. I'd rather read a phonebook to be honest.

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Sounds like you were forced to read it:O!!What do you like then, Christie?Or phonebook:P?
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Phonebooks get a bit repetative after a while.

I've no real favourite author and just read a bit of everything. Joyce is someone I've found too much of a labour to enjoy. By nature I am impatient so maybe that has something to do with it.

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I have just bought this book and at first glance it looks very weird ,unlike any book I will have ever read before .I want to sit down and really try and get into it althought I am in fear of it at the moment.

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welcome o life i go to encounter today for the millionth time....forged in the smithy of my soul...the uncreated consciousness of my race.

or at least something like that.

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