The first book for the 2015 book club is James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. I usually just read these books but sometimes I check my local library and see if they’re available on audio. This one was and I know me, so I got it. I know that I’m much more likely to finish a classic like this if I get it on audio. Plus? Irish accents! I love an Irish accent. So far the book is all about the young man’s childhood but written in lovely language so it’s reminiscent of listening to Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes. I do realize that James Joyce came first but I listened to Frank McCourt way back when so there.
I’ve read Joyce’s Dubliners before and I was a lit. major so I’ve got the chops to do a more thorough reading and really delve into the symbolism and whatnot (roses anyone?) but right now I’m just enjoying letting the lovely language and accent roll over me while I drive my daily commute.