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      15.06.2007 13:43
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      Pure undiluted brilliance

      This novel by the literary genius that is James Joyce has recieved very mixed feelings from both critics in the real world and on Dooyoo!
      I feel a resposibility to give you my own insight into this 'classic' having studied it in depth, since one of the most widely acclaimed problems readers have with this novel is its difficulty to interpret.
      If you want a real book review read on if you dare, because this is going to get quite intense.

      Modernists such as Eliot, Woolf and Joyce challenged the conventions of 19th Century Edwardian High Realism. Instead of following convention they wanted to record the way in which the mind operates, how we truly remember, think and perceive. High Realists such as Arnold and Bennet presented human character in a coherent, organised, logical and constrained manner which was essentially unrealistic as it was too organised, logical and coherent to represent the chaotic, Heraclitan flux of out psyche. Joyce’s presentation of the mind in A portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is far closer to perception and our reception of the world as they are essentially far more fluid and chaotic, with a consciousness that projects its expectations and previous experience on the outside world.

      Stephen Dedalus is a sensitive aesthetic youth growing up in a hugely constraining environment. His artistic tendencies are in conflict with a number of oppressive forces encountered in his Irish homeland under the imperialistic status quo of British rule. He strives to cast off all his social, familial, national and religious constraints to live a life devoted to the art of writing.

      Indeed the way in which A portrait of the artist as a young man depicts Stephen’s struggle against limitation and his discovery of the expressive freedom of literature, the one place where he is free of these bonds, is by access to Stephen’s scattered associative thought process through a focal point in the narrative that Henry James referred to as a ‘Lucid Reflector’. This is in effect the consciousness that informs the attitudes, emotional responses, and experience allowing a passage to be written in a third person in which the associative thought process and lacunae of the this third person narrative are essentially intimate and representative of the character in the narrative. Thus through Joyce’s employment of this narratological device he emulates a child’s thought process through the syntactical construction of the language in the early stages of Stephen’s development. The very first line of the novel immediately shocks with its familiarity in the narrative experience of a young mind, ‘Once upon a time’, with this shock augmented further by the anomalous nature of such an opening in adult literature. We are cast into the thought process of a young child:

      ‘His father told him that story: his father looked at him through a glass: he had a hairy face.
      He was a baby tuckoo. The moocow came down the road where Betty Byrne lived: she sold lemon platt.’
      The grammatical syntax here is that strongly associated with a young child using words such as ‘moocow’, a stereotypical child’s branding of a cow based on aural perception.Indeed the lack of grammatical and logical sense in this passage further emphasises the basic developing consciousness of a young child illustrated by the short and simple compound sentences strung together, noticeably lacking in conjunctions reflecting the fractured, atomised shards of language put together by the developing mind.
      This exclusive access to Stephen's thought process continues as he develops through the novel, as we follow him through his school days, to maturity.
      He has grown up encapsulated by the hierarchies of school and church, systems in which Stephen’s burgeoning adolescent impulses are not permitted or even recognised. Thus Steven struggles with the alien nature of this sexuality, until he finds release one night in dublin. However he then turns to the religious fanaticism of the catholic church. Thus twice he traverses the wrong path, giving in to the extremes of his ‘cold and loveless lust’, in his sexual awakening, and conforming to religious fanaticism, eclipsing the beauty of the physical. It is not until Stephen has an epiphanic moment of aesthetic beauty, that he finds his true calling and sets his mind on his artistic mission;

      'His throat ached with a desire to cry aloud, the cry of a hawk or eagle on high, to cry piercingly of his deliverance to the winds’.

      This epiphanic moment of realisation inspired by the clouds is powerfully figurative and aesthetic. The language expresses a languid ineffability with Stephen’s submersion in the aestheticism of the moment and its ineffability emphasised by the frequency of rhetorical repetition in the passage, ‘to recede… to recede’, ‘again again again’ and the frequent repetition of ‘cry’ creating a visceral, pulsating resonance as Stephen experiences a joyous freedom. Steven’s perception of the initial inspiration, ‘dappled, and sea borne’ clouds is demonstrative of the effect poetic reading has had on his perception of the world, in a line reminiscent of such poets as Gerald Manly Hopkins. He views the clouds with envy as they are not imprisoned by Ireland but will go ‘voyaging across the deserts of the sky… Westward bound’.

      Conclusively, this novel draws heavily upon developmental psychology, in addition to its unique presentation of the workings of the mind. If you have a strong appreciation for aesthetics, powerful Literature, or even an interest in the human mind, this novel is a must!

      I am sorry for going on so long, i hope i have provided some kind of understanding with which you can read this novel and get the most out of it.

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      • Sony CDX GT200 / Car Audio / 28 Readings / 25 Ratings
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        13.06.2007 18:24
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        Stunning all-round headunit.. unmatched unless you want DVD

        Where to begin... this Headunit is by far the best, and lets face it sexiest of anything in its price range.. only players i would dream of getting over this one are the funky DVD ones which open out at the press of a button.. But unless you have £400 lying around your not gonna want to go for one of those..

        Features: It plays mp3 and wma formats, including burnt mp3 CDs... in other words u can put 5 CDs on one disk and navigate between them at the push of one little button...
        With a detailed equalizer and adjustable precepts, you can adjust the levels of low, mid, High, and of course Subwoofer, suiting your choice of music, as well as being able to Fade, and adjust the levels of sound coming out of each set of speakers...
        i.e you can make it so that your rear speakers take more power than your front ones, giving you an adjustable surround sound effect.

        Connectivity: A front Auxiliary in!.. so with a standard audio jack to audio jack cable, about £3 in halfords or maplins.. you can connect your portable mp3, ipod or whatever up to the headunit and enjoy your music through the car's system...
        And a rear Subwoofer preamp output!.. meaning you can connect it up to a sub and an amp and 6 by 9s (rear car speakers which slot in holes on the rack of your boot), if you want the whole driving listening experience....
        Has a radio which is always nice, (unless some chavs creep into your driveway and steal your car aerial for a laugh.. funny guys).

        HOWEVER:

        Make sure you get this gun metal finish CDX-210!.. Dont get a similar model.... because some fool might sell you one without preouts without telling you.. so being a little slow i cut the cable to connect my speakers before realising.. so needless to say couldn't return it.. dont be as careless as i was.. Get this one!

        Only Negatives i could think of would be that the cable into the front auxiliary can get in the way a bit... and it will break if your little brother yanks it sideways hard enough.
        Adjusting equalizer settings can be a little awkward at first before you understand how to navigate through the options swifly..
        And if you hit a hole in the road at high enough speed it might skip momentarily.. But I'm incredibly fussy and yet i love this headunit.

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        • Logitech Z 2300 / PC Speaker / 21 Readings / 19 Ratings
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          13.06.2007 08:17
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          Reliable, powerful, high quality PC speakers

          I've had these beauties for the better part of two years now... they are fantastic.
          For less than £100 you dont really expect to come away with a PC speaker system of the heighest class, but the 200W RMS output gives this set real power. With the Subwoofer greedily using 120W of this, the system is admittedly bass heavy which for the music i listen to is amazing, but you can adjust the bass at the twist of a nob on the wired in remote controller, to suit any genre, with the volume control also accessible on this remote.
          The two satellites at 40W RMS each do justice to any and all ranges, and so the quality of sound coming out of this system is quite staggering.

          To give you an idea of the power, i have used these speakers alone to provide music for my last house party, with the speakers facing outdoors, and still the volume was immense. Although a word or warning, if you do intend to turn these up to the max, after a few hours of powerful music the speakers will give out and sound like they have blown. BUT, turn them off, and the next day they are in perfect working order again! I have spilt all forms of liquid around the speakers, taken them all over England, they have taken quite a punishment, and they still work perfectly.

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        • Acer Ferrari 3400 / Laptop / 16 Readings / 13 Ratings
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          12.06.2007 13:53
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          Very nice

          Looks incredible, good processing power.. handles me running everything at once, and is suprisingly good at running games, especially for a laptop. the connectivity is one of the star attributes of this laptop as the bluetooth, infared and WIFI along with 4 usb ports means it connects to anything and everything and at 3 ish kgs it is by no means overbearingly weighty.

          Battery life is not fantastic.. with 3 hours the max your EVER gonna get.. my initial battery gives me 20 mins now so i had to buy a new one. The biggest design flaw in this beautiful machine i have found is the 4200 rpm hard disk, which makes a powerful ferrari a bit sluggish. Gets quite hot too.. so if your male i wouldnt leave it on your lap for too long...

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          • Creative Zen V 2 GB / MP3 Player / 16 Readings / 12 Ratings
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            12.06.2007 12:37

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            Great features and quality in a small player, can be slow

            I've had this stylish little player for about a year now, and i must admit it is very nice. Great sound quality, pretty decent volume, (and i listen to my music very loud), voice recording is great as its so small, and the colour screen is just classy, with wma playback ability always a plus. For a 2Gb player this is very small, its like a little toy.

            However, the major problem i have with this is that it is fairly slow and prone to freezing up when i ask too much of it navigating to select a different tune. If your very impatient this might frustrate you, although the fact i still have it a year on must say a lot for its quality.

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            11.06.2007 23:31

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            If you like first person shooters, and you think you can aim, go for it

            Hugely inderated game, one of the best first person shooters out there, with a selection of all the best terrorist and counter-terrorist weapons around, m4 and ak among the favorites... and if your accurate enough you can kill with one shot which is so satisfying.

            Whether u think ur all about stealth, or rushing buildings madly taking everyone out on your own, the flashbangs, HE and smoke grenades make this the only pc game i would ever play.

            And when u think your good enough, playing people from around the world online is incredible.

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