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Ulysses [Kindle Edition]

James Joyce
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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Ulysses will immortalize its author with the same certainty that Gargantua immortalized Rabelais and The Brothers Karamazov immortalized Dostoevsky. . . . It comes nearer to being the perfect revelation of a personality than any book in existence. --New York Times

To my mind one of the most significant and beautiful books of our time. --Gilbert Seldes, in The Nation

Almost every variety of human experience is crammed into the accordian folds of a single day, which makes Ulysses not just an experimental work but the very last word in realism. --Amazon.com Review

Talk about understanding 'feminine psychology'--I have never read anything to surpass it, and I doubt if I have ever read anything to equal it. --Arnold Bennett

In the last pages of the book, Joyce soars to such rhapsodies of beauty as have probably never been equaled in English prose fiction. --Edmund Wilson, in the New Republic

About the Author

Born in Dublin in modest circumstances, James Joyce (1882 - 1941) spent most of his life abroad, living in Trieste, Paris and Zurich. His writings, however mainly centre on Dublin - most famously Ulysses, Dubliners and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. He pioneered and perfected avant-garde prose techniques that saw him rise to the rank of one of Europe's foremost Modernists.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1112 KB
  • Print Length: 565 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B0006AQ6NY
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Public Domain Books (March 17, 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RKT6QK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,626 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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331 of 368 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Missing pieces of text December 27, 2009
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I picked this up for a group read of Ulysses. I figured it would be convenient to have it on the computer so I could look up all the references I didn't understand, and the price was certainly right. Unfortunately, as I came to realize, this edition of the book is missing pieces of text. I probably wouldn't have noticed this, except that when I googled one of the references that I didn't get, I came up with a preview of a book called Ulysses Annotated, which describes in detail the meaning of all the references. As I read, I noticed that in several places there were references noted that I hadn't seen in the text. Finally, I got annoyed and googled the exact line that preceded an area of missing text, and found that some lines of verse had been omitted from my edition of the book. It's a shame, since I was enjoying the clear formatting and the ease of use that the Kindle edition was giving me, but since it's not really a book that I want to spend money on, I guess I'll be giving Project Gutenberg's version a try.
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133 of 146 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Missing the Ballad of Joking Jesus August 31, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The eBook is missing text. I also have a print edition, but I wanted a copy I could read on my phone when i had the time. The part I noticed is missing is the Ballad of Joking Jesus. It's probably missing other text as well.
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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kindle edition is worth having May 28, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I bought the Ulysses (Gabler Edition) edition of this book recently as we were reading Ulysses as part of an online book club. The advantage of that edition is that it is popular edition and also has line numberings so that as part of a group you can immediately locate a piece of text.

Then I discovered that you could get a free Kindle edition, so I downloaded the free Kindle for computer app from Amazon, and got this edition. Later I bought a Kindle.

I am somewhat surprised at the one star reviews of a free product, the leading one of which is based on a flawed premise, lack of comparison to an actual published text.

This reviewer does not compare the Kindle text with an actual book. She bases her one star review on a google line search, finding inconsistencies and says Ulysses Annotated: Notes for James Joyce's Ulysses [Revised and Expanded Edition] is different. Ulysses annotated is not Ulysses the book, it is a reference book about Ulysse, and if you imagine it, it operates like a phrase dictionary and explains the references and allusions in the book, but it is not the book. She bases her one star review on a google line search, not a direct comparison with an actual copy of the book, and comparison with an entirely different book. Really?

I have compared this with the Gabler and picked 20 lines at random from the book, and then searched the Kindle edition, and read the surrounding passages. Except for one case in the Gabler edition which has musical notation and lyrics to a song the text was 100% the same.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By pohjola
Format:Kindle Edition
I read a number of reviews pointing out that significant bits of text are missing from this edition, and often the reply is made that the present volume is probably based on the Project Gutenberg edition, and the text is probably missing from the Project Gutenberg edition as well.

Well, I looked. In the first section Buck Mulligan chants in a "happy foolish voice"

--I'm the queerest young fellow that ever you heard.
My mother's a jew, my father's a bird.
With Joseph the joiner I cannot agree.
So here's to disciples and Calvary.

The text is in the P.G. edition, but is missing from the Kindle edition offered here. Amazon should remove this edition, it is a corrupt text falsely advertised as complete.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I would simply like to verify what previous reviewers have written about the missing text in the free Kindle edition. All the bits of doggerel and poetry that are in the text seem to be missing. I made it through 16% of the free edition, and just felt like something was not right. Not having a hard copy where I am, I checked out another Kindle edition that costs about $3.00. It in fact feels complete, at least so far. The poetry is in there, which really adds to the text. An example of what is missing: early in the book Stephen Dedalus is talking to his class, and they ask for a riddle. He gives them a riddle, which is missing in the free text. The ANSWER to the riddle is there, but the riddle itself is missing. Now some have argued here that this type of text is not necessarily integral to the book. However, let's be blunt. You are preparing to tackle one of the most challenging books in the English language. Don't you want the whole thing? To do less is to not do justice to your efforts as a reader.

Unlike some here, I don't disparage Amazon's efforts to put these free books out there. I have read several on an extended tour outside the country, where my kindle is my constant companion, filled largely with free books. Some have had typos, some have had formatting issues. The common denominator is that they have all been free. BUT, to read Tarzan of the Apes for free, with some typos, is one thing; to tackle Ulysses without the benefit of the full text seems somewhat pointless, particularly when there is a low cost text available on Amazon which appears to be complete. One last note, though. The edition I am mentioning here is the Unabridged and Illustrated. When it first showed up on Amazon it said Unabridged (annotated).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent
Published 2 days ago by Jose E. Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book but a tough read...
Great book but a tough read.
Published 1 month ago by N. Flynn
5.0 out of 5 stars James Joyce, Leopold Bloom, and June 16th
One of the greatest books ever written. I celebrate "Bloomsday" every June 16th, which is the day the story took place in 1904. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars I did not get it.
I got about half way into this book and could never figure it out. I was reading it because it is on the list of books you should read. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jo ELyn Hannah jo elyn hannah
4.0 out of 5 stars James Joyce Ulysees.
Most people would need a dictionary to hand just to read the English. Several others would be required to translate from french, spanish, etc. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Eamonn T Nolan
2.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for a Dubliner?
As a native of Dublin I really felt obliged to read at least one book by James Joyce. Unfortunately I just could not make any sense of this. Read more
Published 6 months ago by TonyW
1.0 out of 5 stars It is suppossed to be a classic
Ulysses may, in fact, be the greatest trick ever pulled on the literary world. It is solid and virtually understandable, and yet, somehow, it manages to continue its supremacy as... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Damian Marynski
3.0 out of 5 stars Read a physical copy
Ulysses is a challenging book. Take it from someone who's genuinely enjoyed, for instance, War and Peace. Read more
Published 7 months ago by G. R. Odhner
5.0 out of 5 stars Ulysses
This is a book which everyone with a pure love of language should read at least once in their lifetime. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Lodnel
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much
James joyce just uses way too many words and too much flowery language that is acceptable to me and I read a lot of varied stuff
Published 10 months ago by Kristi K Curtsinger
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