Monday, September 28, 2009
Short Story Monday/The Sisters by James Joyce
After reading JoAnn's short story choice last Monday, I decided to read this first story in James Joyce's Dubliners. It is only a few pages and deals with the death of a priest. I finished reading thinking I just didn't get it. I had so many questions. Where are the boy's parents? Why is he living with his aunt and uncle, and who is 'Old Cotter' who seems to live with them? A paying boarder perhaps? The few pages were so dark, so dismal that I could barely get through them. Apparently some 'incident' with a broken chalice occurred in the late priest's life causing him to lose his mind, but it was very unclear to me. I didn't like it at all, and it reminded me that I have read other short stories by Joyce in years past and I came away feeling much the same; wanting sunlight and fresh air, and very, very glad I didn't live within those pages. This was his first published work, in 1904, and was later revised and collected in Dubliners ten years later. You may read other Short Story Monday reviews here.
James Joyce in 1904.