by Sukey HowardMay, 2000
James Joyce, one of the greatest, if not the greatest 20th century novelist, experimented with the narrative, changed the way words were used, and thoughts expressed. Some of us, reading Joyce by choice or requirement, have found Ulysses challenging and Finnegan's Wake beyond the pale. But Dubliners, his only collection of short stories, published in 1914, is wonderfully accessible, a window into the lives and times, the sounds and silences of Joyce's native city. Even better than reading Joyce is having Joyce read to you, and the readers here are superb: Frank McCourt and his brother Malachy, Ciaran Hinds, Donal Donnelly, Colm Meaney, Fionnula Flanagan, Stephen Rea, and eight more eminent, internationally known Irish performers.