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Exiles by James Joyce is a thought-provoking play that delves into complex themes such as love, marriage, and betrayal. The characters are vividly drawn, with their inner struggles and conflicting desires laid bare for the reader to dissect.

The plot revolves around the return of Richard Rowan, a writer who has been living in exile in Rome, to his native Dublin. As he reunites with his wife Bertha and old friend Robert, tensions rise and long-buried secrets come to light.

Joyce's mastery of language is on full display in Exiles, with rich, descriptive prose that pulls the reader into the emotional maelstrom of the characters' lives. Through their interactions and internal monologues, he explores the complexities of human relationships and the deeper motivations behind our actions.

While the play may not be as well-known as Joyce's more famous works like Ulysses or Dubliners, Exiles is a powerful and engaging piece of literature that showcases the author's skill at mining the depths of the human experience. Readers who enjoy introspective dramas with complex characters and intricate relationships are sure to appreciate this lesser-known gem from one of the literary greats.

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Exiles is a play by James Joyce, who is principally remembered for his novels. It was rejected by W. B. Yeats for production by the Abbey Theatre. Its first major London performance was in 1970, when Harold Pinter directed it at the Mermaid Theatre. The basic premise of Exiles involves a love triangle between Richard Rowan (a Dublin writer recently returned from exile in Rome), Bertha (his common law wife) and his old friend Robert Hand (a journalist). (There are obvious parallels to be drawn with Joyce's own life – Joyce and Nora Barnacle lived, unmarried, in Trieste, during the years the fictional Rowans were living in Rome, while Robert Hand is roughly the same age of Joyce's friends Oliver St. John Gogarty and Vincent Cosgrave, and shares some characteristics with them both.) This arrangement is slightly complicated by a second love triangle, involving Rowan, Hand, and Hand's cousin Beatrice Justice.

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