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Thomas Morris’s Dubliners 100 invites new and established Irish writers to create ‘cover versions’ of their favourite stories from James Joyce’s Dubliners.Dubliners 100 is a timely conversation with Joyce’s classic short story collection one hundred years after its publication. It serves to bring together ambitious new writers, like Elske Rahill, with well-known voices, liThomas Morris’s Dubliners 100 invites new and established Irish writers to create ‘cover versions’ of their favourite stories from James Joyce’s Dubliners.Dubliners 100 is a timely conversation with Joyce’s classic short story collection one hundred years after its publication. It serves to bring together ambitious new writers, like Elske Rahill, with well-known voices, like Patrick McCabe, looking in, reacting to and reinterpreting Joyce. Dubliners 100 is a celebration, an invitation, a tribute, and a wonderful collection in itself.Contributors: John Boyne, Sam Coll, Evelyn Conlon, Michèle Forbes, Andrew Fox, Oona Frawley, John Kelly, Eimear McBride, Patrick McCabe, Belinda McKeon, Mary Morrissy, Peter Murphy, Paul Murray, Elske Rahill, and Donal Ryan....

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Dubliners 100: Fifteen New Stories Inspired by the Original Reviews

  • Allan
    2019-02-03 11:07

    This book was published by independent Irish publishers, Tramp Press, to mark the century since the appearance of Joyce's short story collection, and features 15 contemporary Irish writers, including some very big names, writing stories inspired by the Joycean originals.I reread the original text a month ago to refamiliarise myself with the stories, it having been 7 years since I'd read it previously, and I have to say that, sacreliguous or not, this new collection is of much greater relevance to the contemporary reader who reads simply for pleasure than the original. Some stories stick closer than others to the original 'script', including carbon copy character names etc, many tackle issues faced by the contemporary Dubliner, and only a couple are what I would call 'weak'-the version of 'The Dead' by Peter Murphy confirmed my desire, after his last novel, never to read another word written by him again.All told however, there are many stories that I thoroughly enjoyed-in particular, I'll mention John Boyne's version of 'Araby', Oona Frawley's version of 'The Boarding House' and Paul Murray's version of 'A Painful Case'-and while I'm not a massive fan of the short story as such, the book is well worth reading for anyone who enjoys Irish interest books.

  • Emma Flanagan
    2019-01-23 13:02

    The concept of this book is one that seems to be becoming increasingly popular. Take classics and create modern adaptions or 'cover versions'. Some are more faithful then others, and some work better then others. In this case I felt some stories worked well, others were less successful. Some were very faithful, others used the original as the launch pad to go somewhere entirely different. Faithfulness however to the original did not determine how successful I felt the story was. My favourite was Counterparts. I thought changing the character's addiction from alcohol to an addiction to the internet/social media was clever. It really shifts the story from start of the 20th century to the 21st century. I suspect it will make the it very recognisable and relatable for people. In the original my favourite is The Dead. In this version it was my least favourite. It shifted the story to a dystopian future and I felt it didn't work.All in all an interesting collection. All the stories in the collection could stand on their own and a knowledge of the original is not required to enjoy them.

  • Come Musica
    2019-02-04 16:08

    Alcuni racconti sono molto belli, altri un po' meno. Tra l'altro non ricordo Dubliners di Joyce. Devo assolutamente riprenderlo.

  • Steve Petherbridge
    2019-02-02 18:13

    I read this immediately after re-reading James Joyce's original "Dubliners", after seeing it being promoted in my local bookshop here in Dublin.2014 is the the 100th anniversary of the well fought for publication of James Joyce’s celebrated, and ageless in my opinion, short story collection, Dubliners, including "The Dead", regarded by many as one of the greatest short stories ever written.This book is intended as both a celebration of the original and a reimagining or literary re-engineering of the 15 original stories by a range of already eminent and established writers, to varying degrees within and outside the Country, and some of Ireland's more promising younger writers.Joyce casts a wife shadow over all Irish writers. This new collection sees 15 modern writers shine some light on this shadow and tackle him head on. The reputation of writers on board is first class in most cases and most of the stories are honest and brilliant in and of themselves. Each author takes a different tack in referring back to or associating with Joyce's original. In my amateur opinion, some are not quite successful, but, that may be just my concentration levels at the time and my requiring to reread them, which I will do. Others are entertaining, innovative, fascinating and imaginative. The new publication is a good read in itself.God only knows what the megalomaniacal and over-protective Joyce Literary Estate thinks of this book, but, it is a brave and, in general, well worked undertaking paying homage to a master of literature. James Joyce is revered and seminal in English literature and his works are a renowned area of academic study and of continuous interpretative debate. So considering these burdens, as an anniversary celebration, this publication does indeed honour Joyce and is a modern interpretation of "Dubliners", set in a modern a Dublin. The stories also show that there are enough up and coming writers to demonstrate that the Irish short story genre is in good health and in good hands. I think Joyce would be satisfied with this and the prospect of reading the present and future works of some of the the recently emerged writers, such as Belinda McKeon, Paul Murray, John Boyne and Donal Ryan, who are carrying his torch forward!How was the iconic and, in many people's opinion, the perfect short story, "The Dead", tackled? Well, the well established Peter Murphy knew the task (and risk of criticism from those deemed worthy to criticise while not necessarily brave enough to write!) he was taking on in tangling with this almost sacred work and he does so obliquely and in a clever prose style. I think he is successfull.I would recommend reading Joyce's masterful original before tacking this book.As a point of interest, this book Is only the second publication by a new Dublin publishing house, Tramp Press, co-founded by Davis-Goff, who discovered and championed Donal Ryan’s excellent publishing debut "The Spinning Heart", which won the Guardian First Book Award, while Davis-Goff was working for Lilliput Press. Bravely launching in these recessionary times, Tramp Press will be deserving of keeping an eye on. I didn't purchase the book cheaper on-line!Other more professional reviews that may be of insight and interest:Dubliners 100: 15 New Stories Inspired by the Original – review Dubliners by KEITH HOPPER of the TLS

  • Nellie Airoldi
    2019-01-31 13:07

    Ma protagonista di Dubliners 100 è soprattutto l’Irlanda e tutti i profumi che la caratterizzano: le pagine di James Joyce e dei suoi discendenti sanno di pub, di birra scura e di moquette. Sanno di pullman vecchi e inquinanti, di porti affollati e di gente accalcata in Temple Bar nelle giornate umide e piovose. Sanno di vecchi dischi, di whisky e di legno scricchiolante. Sanno di vento che in questi anni ha continuato a soffiare rendendo il Nord così attraente agli occhi di tutti, con i suoi immensi prati verdi e i cieli azzurri dipinti da nuvole bianche nelle giornate più belle.

  • Rachael Gilkey
    2019-02-16 17:54

    A fantastic achievement by editor Thomas Morris, in tribute to the 100 year anniversary of the publication James Joyce's story collection DUBLINERS. Each story from the original was given to an Irish writer to write a "cover," interpreted how each individual saw fit, and what comes from it is a collection as unique and enjoyable as any well-curated anthology. Particularly delightful is the selection of authors living not only in Ireland, but living abroad, and thus setting stories in cities like New York. As a cheat sheet for a list of best writers coming out of Ireland, its not too bad, either.

  • Lisa Coen
    2019-02-04 13:09

    Thomas Morris’s Dubliners 100 is an exciting project where new and established authors are invited to write ‘cover versions’ of their favourite stories from James Joyce’s Dubliners. The result is a timely conversation with the classic short story collection one hundred years after its publication. It serves to bring together ambitious new writers, like Elske Rahill, with well-known voices, like Patrick McCabe, looking in, reacting to and reinterpreting Joyce.

  • brendan
    2019-01-31 15:13

    Better than I expected. This is presented as a book of "cover versions", but that's selling the material short a bit. Each story here is not so much a cover version as a complete re-imagining. Different authors take a single short story from Joyce's original Dubliners and offer their own individual take on it. It's a brave undertaking, one that's almost sure to ruffle the feathers of many dedicated Joyceans - not that that's a bad thing. (Though, in retrospect, it's hard to imagine the typical 'career Joycean' reading books outside of their beloved canon in the first place.)My favourites here were Belinda McKeon's modern day take on 'Counterparts', and Patrick McCabe's new riff on 'The Sisters'. Both take different approaches to the original material, and they succeed not only on that count, but also by dint of being good stories in their own right. That's not to damn the efforts of the other writers with faint praise either. There is plenty of new talent here and I'll be keeping an eye out for future efforts by these writers too.As a 'recovering Joycean' myself I'd be interested to hear how this book goes over with people who've never read Joyce before at all. For the most part, most of these stories seem worth reading on their own merits, but then as a fan of the original, I'm too biased to be truly objective on this. Thoughts?

  • Domhnall
    2019-01-29 11:04

    There are various stories associated with Dublin writers - that they are frightened to write in the shadow of Joyce; or that every Dubliner is currently working on a novel. Well this book suggests the first is false and the second is possibly true. As I recall, Joyce was not content merely to publish a set of short stories - in Dubliners, he set out to perfect the art form and in The Dead, especially, many would accept that he accomplished his goal. In the face of that benchmark, these writers are fearless and every one writes extremely well. As for matching The Dead - don't be daft; a creative writer just has to find a way of constructing a shrine to greatness. The many cross references to the original stories opened up an interesting sideline, asking how people and things have changed in the intervening hundred years. School children still learn to avoid the unwanted attentions of sexual predators long before learning much about sex. Decent mortals still endure the tyranny of bullying employers. Unpleasant young men are still heirs to unearned fortunes and learn the wasteful ways of the wealthy. Alcohol still blights lives and old age remains a tribulation. Artists still work to transform ordinary Dublin lives into stardust.

  • Vivian Valvano
    2019-02-13 16:58

    2.5 stars.I understand the effort, but I was generally underwhelmed. The technique of prefacing each story (all with Joyce's original titles) with a sentence or two from Joyce's DUBLINERS, with but a few exceptions of meaningful connection, usually leads nowhere. In my estimation, a few of the stories are quite interesting; some have possibilities; some are efforts that unfortunately fall flat; some are embarrassingly poor. The short introduction by the editor is terrible. On a first reading, the stories that I found to be the most interesting/best of the group are: "An Encounter" (expresses in a few pages complications of friendship/possible danger); "Araby" (queers the basis of the original, sometimes poignantly); "A Painful Case" (queers elements of the original, sometimes imaginatively).

  • Eleanor
    2019-01-31 19:09

    A book of short stories, named for and to different degrees based on the short stories in James Joyce's Dubliners.I started these stories first reading a Dubliners 100 story and then the original, then I moved on and read the original followed by its modern version - and then I decided I was being a complete anorak, and finished the last stories by themselves.They compare very well in terms of atmosphere, each of the authors captured the atmosphere of the original excellently.Some stories were better than others, but that's what I love about short story collections - you can judge the writers on an even field. I have also been introduced to a few writers that are new to me, and I look forward to reading more of their work.

  • Etnagigante
    2019-02-15 12:16

    Nuove promesse e affermati scrittori irlandesi si cimentano nella riscrittura dell'opera di Joyce, riprendendo i suoi Dubliners in chiave moderna e lasciandone intatti lo spirito di fondo e la fatalità del popolo irlandese.Quindici storie, tra Dublino e New York (dove gli Irlandesi sono di casa e spesso osannati), in cui i protagonisti sono spesso sconfitti anche quando hanno già vinto, dove la natura è compagna di vita anche dentro una città metropolitana e il senso di appartenenza alla propria terra è forte nonostante tutto.Ne viene fuori una bella prova corale, considerando la difficile sfida e il confronto.

  • Yasmine
    2019-02-14 17:16

    Obviously not as good as James Joyce himself but there were a few stories that could stand on their own. It was interesting to see what each author decided to focus on as the takeaway message of the story that he or she had to "cover". The resulting collection lacks the overall cohesion of symbols and imagery that Dubliners has but in its place is a reflection of how applicable and relevant Joyce still is today: the Dubliners he wrote about 100 years ago are still very much in existence in 2014.

  • Amanda
    2019-01-23 12:01

    I would now like to read the original Dubliners by James Joyce, to fully appreciate this collection. A couple of stories just didn't click with me at all, but others such as the Boarding house and A Painful Case were brilliant. I loved that the first and last stories involve a congregation around a fire of sorts. 'The Dead' gave me the shivers.

  • Ewan
    2019-01-26 11:55

    A great introduction to contemporary Irish writing - the stories by John Boyne and Michele Forbes stand out for me.

  • Agnes Nutter
    2019-01-24 14:53

    I loved the idea but I'm not sure of the result. Some of the short stories are excellent, some others are pretty pointless. In general the collection is pretty good, however.