This is one of my favourite Joyce stories. It packs a short lifetime of emotion and apprehension into just a few lovely pages. From Joyce’s collection Dubliners, first published in 1914.
Stepping out into life, like the young hero of this story, demands courage and open eyes. As Joyce wrote in his Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man:
I will tell you what I will do and what I will not do. I will not serve that in which I no longer believe, whether it calls itself my home, my fatherland, or my church: and I will try to express myself in some mode of life or art as freely as I can and as wholly as I can, using for my defense the only arms I allow myself to use — silence, exile, and cunning.
Araby, by James Joyce [15:00]