By William Tindall

First released in 1959, William York Tindall's Reader's consultant remains to be thought of to be the simplest advent to the advanced writings of James Joyce. From Dubliners to Finnegans Wake, Tindall's wisdom is as complete because it is authoritative.

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As he admits, his text (Luke 16: 8-9), is one of the most difficult to interpret properly; for when taken out of context as he takes it, it seems "at variance with the lofty morality" and unworldliness of Jesus. Most preachers would avoid this curious passage from the parable of the unjust steward, but not Father Purdon, who, speaking, like his Jesus, as man of the world to businessmen "in a business way," finds it splendidly adapted to the interests and needs of his congregation. The Lord's surprising advice to make friends with "the mammon of iniquity" leads the ingenious Jesuit to a metaphor of accounting that anticipates Stephen's spiritual "cash register" in A Portrait.

The first of these lights is common, the second general. That Michael's job was in the gasJlorks is plainly of more than social or ironic import. This imagistic process, attending Gabriel's moral process and expanding, while deepening, our sense of it, is connected, as we have noticed, with the more considerable system of cold and snow. Like Hans Castorp's in The Magic Mountain, Gabriel's enlargement is centered in the snow. His goloshe~, like the brown macintosh of Ulysses, reveal his dislike, even fear, of the snow that covers his shoulders.

The news that perverts are around is no news at all. Case history is there to reveal something else, something at once theological, ecclesiastical, and moral. What is more, the encounter, involving these, is less with something else or someone else than with self. Meeting himself for the first time, the boy suddenly knows himself, his sin, and his folly-and maybe the nature of Dublin. ARABY The third and simplest part of the opening trilogy is another story of illusion, disillusionment, and coming to awareness.

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