Dubliners by James Joyce is a collection of fifteen short stories that provide a glimpse into the lives of people living in Dublin, Ireland during the early 1900s. Joyce’s stories contain realistic dialog, unexpected action, jarring contrasts, plot twists, and gritty damaged characters that ring true to life, and both subtle and brutal sarcasm and irony. Many of the sentence structures are masterpieces of poise and exactitude. Every generation of readers and writers must read these stores, for they are bright, timeless gems.