Araby by James Joyce

North Richmond Street, being blind, was a quiet street except at the hour when the Christian Brothers’ School set the boys free. An uninhabited house of two storeys stood at the blind end, detached from its neighbours in a square ground. The other houses of the street, conscious of decent lives within them, gazed at one another with brown imperturbable faces.

The former tenant of our house, a priest, had died in the back drawing-room. Air, musty from having been long enclosed, hung in all the rooms, and the waste room behind the kitchen was littered with old useless papers. Among these I found a few paper-covered books, the pages of which were curled and damp: Continue reading

Araby

Short Summary of Araby

Summary: Araby is a great creation of James Joyce which is full of dark and light sides. It is also the awakening of a boy to how different the world is compared to how he would like to see it. It is also the realization of the boy about the difference between the ideal world of his imagination and the base reality of life. In the beginning of this fiction we find that the nameless narrator of the story talks about life on North Richmond Street. The former resident of their apartment was a priest who died and at the time of his departure he kept some books, so the young boy narrator and, who is also the protagonist of this story, sometimes looks at them. He stays with his aunt and uncle. He looked superficially pure and innocent who loves to play with his rustic friends every leisure periods. Continue reading