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Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man Audiobook


Free Resource (#359) - July 27th, 2007
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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

A gentleman over at LibriVox has recently narrated James Joyce's first novel A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. This classic tale of Stephen Dedalus follows the young man during his formative years as he breaks away from the Irish Catholic conventions of his past to become an artist who will "encounter for the millionth time the reality of experience and forge in the smithy of my soul the uncreated conscience of my race." The narrator is Peter Bobbe and it sounds like he's done a fine job with a high quality recording. Download this unabridged audio book on MP3 from LibriVox.

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

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