I was inspired to pick this up after seeing Sully’s copy in his van in the cannibalism romantic thriller “Bones and All.”
What’s the meaning of this short story collection being something a roving diner on human flesh would keep at his fingertips on his murderous odyssey? A detail from the Camille DeAngelis novel? A favorite of the Kentish Oscar winner, Rylance?
It’s the collection that has the long short story “The Dead” in it, which became an acclaimed curtain call film for the great filmmaker and sometime member of the Irish gentry, John Huston.
Reading “Dubliners”, I had an epiphany. Its inclusion in “Bones and All” is a comment on academia and its determination to force-feed Joyce’s magnum opus, the 730 page “Bloom’s Day” epic of style “Ulysses” on students of English lit. Plainly, Sully’s choice of reading matter is suggesting that approaching Joyce via the shorter novel “Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man,” or better still, the short story collection, “Dubliners,” would be preferable.
Introduce Joyce to readers via, um, bite size chunks, in other words.