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Joyce’s only play, inspired by his novella The Dead, it revolves around complex family troubles, love triangles and reflects the writer’s estranged relationship with his wife and the city of Dublin.
What makes this book stand out?
Being muted and subtle in its complexity compared to his usual exuberant style and use of expression; and yet being able to bring forth the complications that the protagonist faces in old Ireland – infidelity, guilt, longing for freedom and so on.
Read it for
The plea of trapped souls in the shackles of life, time and existence that shows itself through human relationships.
Don't read it for
The stage performance of the play was not a huge success which might put some readers in doubt about its quality of being a play and not just a story.