A Reader's Guide to James Joyce by William Tindall

By William Tindall

First released in 1959, William York Tindall's Reader's consultant continues to be thought of to be the simplest advent to the advanced writings of James Joyce. From Dubliners to Finnegans Wake, Tindall's wisdom is as entire because it is authoritative.

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Fogarty, grocer, take their places in the shape of a "quincunx," whether, recalling the five wounds of Christ, to crucify Him again by their presence or merely to remind the literate reader of Sir Thomas Browne's obsession with the figure five we cannot be sure. " 14. Cunningham's Cardinal Dowling is Johann Dollinger, excommunicated in 1871 for opposing the dogma of infallibility. Note Fogarty's misquotation of Alexander Pope in a Papal context. A reference to Leo XIII, who died in 1903, places this story in the time of Pius X, his successor.

What links this story with the earlier stories of Dubliners is the yielding of pony's absence of mind to awareness. A difference is that this awarertess is less of self (though at her moment of truth she looks at self in mirror) than of conquest. Polly is Corley's female counterpart. A LITTlE CLOUD Dense and tightly constructed, "A Little Cloud" is more akin to "Two Gallants" than to its immediate predecessor-as if Joyce's structural principle were slipping doubtful items between strong ones. The pathetic story of Little Chandler and Gallaher is another approach to the affairs of Shem and Shaun.

Dust, which occurs at the opening and recurs during the course of the story, finds its opposites in the good air promised by Buenos Aires and in the sea, the penultimate image of the story. Not unlike Conrad's "destructive element," Joyce's sea, while offering escape and life, threatens death. Unable to swim or walk a gangplank, Eveline fears what alone could save her: "All the seas of the world tumbled about her heart. . " This terrible living sea, embodying opposites, revealing her dilemma and concentrating it, is what critics would call ambivalent.

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