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  1. Bob R Bogle Bob R Bogle says:

    My Brother's Keeper helps to frame the environment in which big brother James Joyce lived his early life but the subject of the study himself let us adhere to the tradition of calling Stanislaus' book an unfinished biography appears always a ghostly presence lingering at some distance removed and aloof Siblings may know the most about what is sufficient in our lives while suspecting little about what is most necessary The most brightly illuminated shimmerings about the life of his storied brother are always found between the lines of Stanislaus Joyce's chronicle whose author is we feel as often as not blind to the sameDespite its distance from its subject or possibly because of that distance My Brother's Keeper may be the easiest James Joyce biography to read Sometimes Stanislaus' sentences seem to spiral around and bring us nowhere in particular Not infreuently his seuencing of events is annoyingly arrhythmic sidling now forward now backward in time He does however provide immediate local color that is of interest to those of us preoccupied with the life and works of brother JimGrowing up in the house of his alcoholic father John Joyce was doubtlessly a harrowing experience that became indelibly inscribed upon Stanislaus' heart its scars to be borne throughout his life Much of the father's unforgivable behavior is reported in the book The most affecting scene does not involve James Joyce directly but takes place after the funeral of the mother May Joyce in the family home In a canonical Freudian scene Stanislaus excoriates his father in a long diatribe for a lifetime's crimes against the dead mother In recounting the tale Stanislaus presumably writing as an old man in his 60s or 70s the 1939 publication of Finnegans Wake has already occurred tells us He listened in silence and when I had done and without resentment he said 'You don't understand boy' And yet Stanislaus relates the scene with his own resentment still untempered and unresolved apparently unaware that he's confirming his father's pitiful assessmentIf it does nothing else this biography must lead us to ponder the inherited wisdom of James Joyce's later cruel treatment of kid brother Stanislaus in Trieste We might do well to remind ourselves that James did deliver Stanislaus from what could well have been a ruinous life in Dublin The relationship of these two brothers must have been like any relationship always is far nuanced than any speculation and writing that has entered into the public record It's unclear whether Stanislaus was the untalented individual he imagined himself to be He'd grown up in the shadow of a heroic brother whom he worshiped the only model Stanislaus had and to whom he must compare himself was James Joyce Daunting that Fairly or no Stanislaus was intimidated standing in that shadow cast by a giant In the end though it's possible it was James than Stanislaus who played the role of brother's keeper

  2. Ben Ben says:

    James Joyce seemed like the most arrogant man who ever lived had both his eyes wide open and great faculty of speech but what he say I knew not what writes Bob Dylan in Chronicles A few years later on his 2009 album Together Through Life the Bard of Hibbing would sing I'm listening to Billy Joe ShaverAnd I'm reading James Joyce Dylanologists have combed through Dylan's many songs and have noted an encyclopedic knowledge filled with references to everything from the Bible and the Bard of Stratford on Avon to references to Neil Young Billy Joe Shaver F Scott Fitzgerald Joyce Moby Dick Pound and Eliot Victor Hugo and just about everything else under the sun It is apparent in Chronicles that he was a voracious reader and that he also devoured other forms of culture film and music especially with great avidity not unlike Joyce Oftentimes and in accordance with artistic tradition he borrowed or stole from materials taking the work of others and making it his own And yet though we know so much about Dylan we still know so very little about the real Bob Dylan whatever real means He is a great artist and songwriter We can name his influences among them Rimbaud the Beats Woody Guthrie But he was a man of many masks his interests varied and fleeting I thought of Dylan often as I read My Brother's Keeper James Joyce's Early Years by Joyce's younger brother Professor Stanislaus Joyce The book tells us uite a bit about Joyce's influences as do books like Anthony Burgess's ReJoyce William Blake Henrik Ibsen Sterne Yeats It also tells us about his relationship to Yeats and it could be said that if Joyce is the Cad to Yeats that Dylan is the Cad to Guthrie; this being a central theme in Finnegans Wake The book also tells us something other Joyce scholars note that Joyce as is the case with Dylan as well had passing interest in many things with a very obvious encyclopedic knowledge and was a borrower or thief if one prefers of others ideas I cannot find the uote in the book but somewhere there is a uote in which Joyce says that his skill is in taking the work of others and making it into something entirely his own borrowing from Ibsen many obscure sources and even his brother's journal This is true of many artists; there is little that is truly original Great artists like Dylan and Joyce have created great works of art by piecing together scraps from the cultural dump heap taking highbrow lowbrow and everything in between fusing them and making them their own This book was of greatest interest where it shed some light on the work of the artist giving the reader glimpses of how certain ideas from his personal life were incorporated into works like Portrait of the Artist Dubliners Ulysses and Finnegans Wake all of which can be seen as highly autobiographical But in between these passages of interest was a great deal of information that I found trifling I wish also the work discussed of Joyce's later life but that is outside of the scope of this work It does shine some light on the life and work of James Joyce but at the end the work may leave the reader with uestions than answers 35 Stars

  3. Vincent Hernot Vincent Hernot says:

    This is the type of biography that is in fact an autobiography in fact or as well Brilliant examples of that kind are Michael Frayn or even MArtin Amis in a twisted three way autobio bio autobio Or perhaps all biographies are part autobiographies a claim I guess Richard Holmes would probably supportThis one is ostensibly about James Joyce but beyond the anecdotal for the lay man and the very best of anecdotal James Joyce had chosen a stage name intending to act in theatre Gordon Brown and the precious gems probably long known for specialists little of importance will be learned about the writer I can only recommend Joyce's Letters though for a pretty unflinching realistic portrait of the artist But perhaps this book is not what it's supposed to be the ironic title Stanislaus was very anti religious and even anti church might make it seem as if he's defending someone but that someone could very well be himselfThus when he recontextualises the origin of some remarks stories or otherwise literary creations by his brother it is often to point to himself as the real source of those When he describes at length his brother's bouts of heavy drinking he's careful not to morally condemn him while painting himself in a whiter than white image And while always praising his brother's genius he's not always shy to suggest he may have had a hand in the artistic development of JamesWhile that may sound negative there is much to enjoy in here the heavily ironic tone the lashing out at the Church always well phrased the condemnation of Ireland and the Irish which comes across as virulent than even his brother's who influenced whom? the descriptions of Dublin then and of poverty and his musings on Art And yes also the portrait of James Joyce tall and slim and silent and singing and acing drinking playing tricks being stupid being young being drunk being in love nothing exceptional nothing new but as usual with these things it's still all new and a bit exceptional

  4. Antonio Delgado Antonio Delgado says:

    An important text for Joyceans but not indispensable Joyce's brother accounts reveal an interesting relationship that adds to explore part of his work This unfinished text shows some context on the religious aspect from the perspective of Stanislaus with his awareness on how the Joyce market will place him In addition for moments a rivalry between Catholics and Protestants seems to mirror the one between siblings which is something Joyce deals with in Finnegans Wake

  5. Mark Mark says:

    Stanislaus' style has the touch of the artist in it as his brother might well say but at times it hits kinksvery convoluted phrases that need hard ironing Overall the book unfolds the two brother's early life and reveals nitches of his brother's character areas of his personality I have not read about before For example Joyce even for all his hatred of the Roman Catholic Church was not expressly atheistic Rather he was deeply moved and inspired by the artistic idea of spirituality ritual and christian theology The author's own personality shown forth immensely and at times I became interested in it than in his brother's for generally not much is known about StanislausI always had the opinion that Stani was rather boring and conventional I was shocked to find Stanislaus not Joyce the agnostic and at least in personal opinions anti religion

  6. Marie Marie says:

    It was interesting to know about James Joyce's life in an informal light and to have a uick look at how personal experience shaped and influenced his work as well as how he reworked phrases from his brother and family into his fiction But apart from that it was a bit frustrating that Stanislaus Joyce could not stop badmouthing the Jesuits and the Church in general It became boring and repetitive and I don't care that he was always convinced that despite having been devout at the end James always agreed with him in that matter and othersIt was somewhat enjoyable because it makes us know James Joyce also was fully human as any of us a dimension one tends to lose when it comes to authors as big as those but it's not like this biography is the last word on Joyce neither it is the reason why I'm drawn to read of his books

  7. Padraic Padraic says:

    Oh my the high cost of finding oneself in the same nest as a genius James made much of fleeing the nets but poor Stan seemed forever caught up in the webbing albeit happily Amazing how often genius is supported by willing handmaidens

  8. Paul Paul says:

    Interesting personal account of Joyce's early years The first section about childhood is the most illuminating and fills in a lot on the author's character Stanislaus is a competent writer himself and shows a good sense of humour in places

  9. Layton Layton says:

    Stanislaus Joyce comes across as a self serving ass who wrote a book about his brother in order to secure his place in history in his brothers shadow I discourage you greatly from wasting your time and energy on this useless babble

  10. David Elliott David Elliott says:

    A revelatory account of the lived values of James Joyce as experienced and witnessed by his bother Stanislaus Other than Ellmann's works and differently this is the single most powerful and elouent account of the man behind the screen A brief incisive balanced vision

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My Brother's Keeper: James Joyce's Early Years ❮KINDLE❯ ❆ My Brother's Keeper: James Joyce's Early Years Author Stanislaus Joyce – Stanislaus Joyce was than his brother's keeper he was at various times his brother's co dependent touchstone conscience and biggest fan The two shared the same genius the same childhood influences and Stanislaus Joyce was than his brother's keeper Keeper: James PDF/EPUB ✓ he was at various times his brother's co dependent touchstone conscience and biggest fan The two shared the same genius the same childhood influences and had the same literary instinct but in Stanislaus it was channeled My Brother's MOBI :º into sober academic pursuit while in James it evolved into gaiety wild whimsy and at times sodden despair Covering the first twenty two years of James Joyce's life in Dublin and Trieste My Brother's Keeper is a window onto the drama that was his Brother's Keeper: James MOBI ï youth Thanks to Stanislaus's superb memory and sure hand here we find the Dublin of Dubliners the streets neighbors churches and unforgettable eccentrics Here we see the model for Ulysses' Simon Dedalus James' father a dour and violent figure when in his cups Here Brother's Keeper: James Joyce's Early PDF \ are the Joyces in their own home and the minor characters that pepper A Portrait of the Artist Eileen Leopold Bloom's comely daughter; Mrs Riordan the surly teacher; Mr Casey the political agitator And finally here is Trieste a place of exile for Stanislaus but a retreat for James Stanislaus Joyce has fashioned both an invaluable primary source for his brother's opaue masterpieces and a loving memoir of his brother's early life.