Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist
poliphilo

Portrait Of The Artist

I'm treading on eggshells here because I know some of you love it, but I'm halfway through Portrait Of The Artist As a Young Man and I'm disappointed. Does it get all modernist and raw in the second half or what?

It's overflowing with catholic priests, so where's the child abuse?

Thus far it's a typically genteel, middlebrow literary memoir. Stephen Dedalus is so fuckin' sensitive I want to fuckin' shoot him. David Copperfield is edgier than this.

Joyce writes like the late Victorian aesthete he is.  The prose purls along between flowery meads. This guy  a Lord of language? Really? 

I guess I was expecting it to be the literary equivalent of Picasso's Desmoiselles d'Avignon- and it ain't.

Subscribe

  • Hearing Things.

    I dreamed I'd decided to walk home (wherever home was) along the south coast, starting at a town pretending to be Bexhill but actually…

  • They Chose The Losing Side

    I got into a debate about the pandemic this morning. It's something I do my best to avoid because the issue is so divisive- and the…

  • Feudal

    "This is still a feudal village," said the lady who lent me the key to Birling church. "They own the pub, they own the forge,…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 15 comments

  • Hearing Things.

    I dreamed I'd decided to walk home (wherever home was) along the south coast, starting at a town pretending to be Bexhill but actually…

  • They Chose The Losing Side

    I got into a debate about the pandemic this morning. It's something I do my best to avoid because the issue is so divisive- and the…

  • Feudal

    "This is still a feudal village," said the lady who lent me the key to Birling church. "They own the pub, they own the forge,…