I recently finished reading "Dubliners", by James Joyce. I was taken aback when, after the fourth or fifth story, I realized these stories were written by a young man, between his 22nd and 25th years!! They sound like written by a man with much, much more experience of life. He was able to portray the insecurities, infirmities, vices, passions, etc. of people much older than himself, with a realism and penetration that amazes. Aside, of course, of his ability to make the reader live in the city, live the city, street by street by park by building by quay. "The Dead" has to be one of the best short-stories of all time. It makes you want to cry.
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