Book Review: Eveline and the Boarding House by James Joyce

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This is a book review on Eveline and the Boarding House by James Joyce. Evelin’s decision reveals that in the end marriage brought with it uncertainty and the fear of an unknown life ahead for her, and especially the kind of life she was use to living had made her apprehensive about her future prospects.

Evelin’s decision reveals that in the end marriage brought with it uncertainty and the fear of an unknown life ahead for her, and especially the kind of life she was use to living had made her apprehensive about her future prospects, on the other hand staying back was not a very heartening decision as the her living condition and her restricted lifestyle between her home and work was very oppressive, however in the end she chose this as to her the comfort of her home and familiarity of her present life was better than marriage which could prove to be even worse as she had seen how her mother had fared with marriage.

Mrs. Mooney on the other hand is a working-class woman who rents rooms in her house to young men as lodgers. Managing a boarding house is a hard life for a woman, but Mrs. Mooney has revealed herself to be as practical in business as she was in liberating herself from her drunkard and violent husband. She confirms herself to be similarly imaginative in search of a husband for her nineteen-year-old daughter Polly, whose morals are less then acceptable. She perceptively observes Polly become caught up with a middle-aged wine sales representative, Mr. Doran, and catches him when Polly’s “virtue” is compromised.

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