A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – Staff Review – Isabella

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce (Request)(CloudLibrary)

A story emanating from the head of Stephen Dedalus, an Irish boy who struggles to find his place in Ireland. Readers accompany Stephen on a journey of self-realization in a world where the image of the “ideal man” is constantly pushed upon him. I greatly enjoyed seeing Stephen grow into himself following the many hardships of his life. The novel demonstrates that advancement and change are parts of life and, rather than run from them, one should run towards them. While I enjoyed learning about personal growth through Stephen’s story, I did not enjoy the writing style. I find stream of consciousness narration to be confusing and untrustworthy as it comes from a singular point of view. I would recommend this novel to anyone looking for a story of rebellion and self-realization, but I would not pick it up if stream of consciousness narration is not your style.

2 stars