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By Hamish (Boston, MA) · ★★★☆☆ · December 28, 2012
If you're reading this, you probably know the story behind this book (summary: early draft of Portrait of an Artist using a more straight-forward narrative and prose style; Joyce allegedly threw it in the fire and started over; this is the 200 pages of a much larger manuscript that his sister res... ...more
By Josh (Chicago, IL) · ★★★★★ · March 24, 2014
It is true that this is not as great when judged in the light of Joyce's later works, but what is, judged by that standard? Oddly enough this is the last of Joyce's work (other than letters) that I had not read, though it's his first attempt at writing.

This is so much more autobiographical, so mu... ...more
By Mackenzie (The United States) · ★★★☆☆ · May 12, 2013
In many ways, I actually enjoyed it more than Portrait of the Artist--I prefer the outside of Stephen's psyche to the inside. The dialogue is clever, and plot things actually happen. That said, Portrait contains a tasty stylistic and thematic mysticism that is missing from this text, so I think b... ...more
By Andrew (London, H9, The United Kingdom) · ★★★★☆ · October 24, 2014
A master-work in embryo, as it were; although, it must be said, in danger of being still-born! But good editing & an understanding of Ireland's reactionary establishment made Joyce hold back from a frontal assault. APOTAAAYM...just add the great 'Ulysses' & literary immortality awaits! Cr... ...more
By Michael (Cape Coral, FL) · ★★☆☆☆ · June 23, 2012
The story goes as follows: Joyce had finished the short stories that comprise Dubliners and was set to work on something else (not necessarily a novel, though that is what it would eventually become). Partway through his work, he flew into one of his notorious self-loathing-induced rages and crum... ...more
By Tal (Brooklyn, NY) · April 01, 2009
Joshua Clover, on Goodreads:

Finally persuaded to withdraw from GoodReads, a site where folks rate their readings. A "friend" gives The Communist Manifesto four stars. I mean, it's pretty good, but it's no New and Selected Poems of Franz Wright.

And he's right. My initial venture into Goodreads was... ...more
By Stefan · ★★★★☆ · August 09, 2011
A rather obscure one, this.

Stephen Hero is the early draft of 'A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man' that James Joyce threw into a fire after growing sick of it being rejected. It was rescued from the flames and eventually printed in its original form after his death.

It’s a fascinating read, g... ...more
By Geoffrey (Lander, WY) · ★★★☆☆ · October 10, 2011
if you love an author enough, you'll read his/her formative works, when he/she was pouring it all out and hadn't yet learned how to distill and control the material for effect. This is only a fragment of the monstrous original - which James Joyce's brother Stanislaus
rescued from the fire. ...more
By Agrimorfee (Chicago, IL) · ★★★☆☆ · February 27, 2013
It does make an interesting postscript to my Joyce odyssey. It wuld have been a good novel if Joyce had tried harder to keep his philosophical ramblings out of it.All in all, it is a curio, nothing more. ...more