The portrayal of Stephen Dedalus's Dublin childhood and youth, his quest for identity through art and his gradual emancipation from the claims of family, religion and Ireland itself, is also an oblique self-portrait of the young James Joyce and a universal testament to the artist's 'eternal imagination'.
'James Joyce was and remains almost unique among novelists in that he published nothing but masterpieces.'
The Times Literary Supplement
'There is nothing more vivid or beautiful in all Joyce's writing. It has the searing clarity of truth... but is rich with myth and symbol.'