A Portrait of The Artist as a Young Man - James JoyceHaving no bookish children of her own, my best friend’s mum lent me this and a stack of other books when I was a teenager. Modelled on his own life, Joyce’s novel traces the intellectual, spiritual and sexual development  of a boy growing up in a Catholic family in late 19th-century Dublin. The style changes in each of the novel’s five chapters, from baby-talk to ardent, sentimental prose, and finally to a detached and ironic mode. Joyce dared to present a new perspectives on an island which was, and is, frustratingly rooted in its own past.

Set in late 19th-century Dublin, Ireland.

Recommended by @MattCoco.

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