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Ulysses Paperback – May 11, 2013
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Among other things, a novel is simply a long story, and the first question about any story is: What happens?. In the case of Ulysses, the answer might be Everything. William Blake, one of literature's sublime myopics, saw the universe in a grain of sand. Joyce saw it in Dublin, Ireland, on June 16, 1904, a day distinguished by its utter normality. Two characters, Stephen Dedalus and Leopold Bloom, go about their separate business, crossing paths with a gallery of indelible Dubliners. We watch them teach, eat, stroll the streets, argue, and (in Bloom's case) masturbate. And thanks to the book's stream-of-consciousness technique--which suggests no mere stream but an impossibly deep, swift-running river--we're privy to their thoughts, emotions, and memories. The result? 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.
Both characters add their glorious intonations to the music of Joyce's prose. Dedalus's accent--that of a freelance aesthetician, who dabbles here and there in what we might call Early Yeats Lite--will be familiar to readers of Portrait of an Artist As a Young Man. But Bloom's wistful sensualism (and naive curiosity) is something else entirely. Seen through his eyes, a rundown corner of a Dublin graveyard is a figure for hope and hopelessness, mortality and dogged survival: "Mr Bloom walked unheeded along his grove by saddened angels, crosses, broken pillars, family vaults, stone hopes praying with upcast eyes, old Ireland's hearts and hands. More sensible to spend the money on some charity for the living. Pray for the repose of the soul of. Does anybody really?" --James Marcus --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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I first tried to read Ulysses aged about 14 (I was an annoying little boy that way) and didn't get very far. The first three chapters are set in and around the mind of Stephen Dedalus, one of the most ridiculously clever and over-educated characters ever conceived, as he takes breakfast with some friends, teaches in a school some miles south of Dublin and walks along a beach. Along the way, his mind ruminates on subjects as diverse as 16th century underworld slang, his dead mother, and something he calls "the ineluctable modality of the visible" which I'm still struggling with. But he's a curiously ambiguous character, this Stephen; he fancies himself as a poet and rebel but when, on the beach, he picks his nose, he has a quick look around to see that nobody's watching before he smears the snot on a rock. (Joyce likes to poke fun at pretension this way - although he doesn't suggest that Stephen's ideas or rebel stance are completely hollow, either.)
The 14-year-old me didn't get that far. I gave up. It wasn't until I was 19 or so that I got as far as chapter four and encountered a Mr. Bloom, pottering around the kitchen making breakfast, that I started to get a grip. Bloom is one of the most likeable characters in fiction. He's a quiet, rather shy, oddly intelligent advertising salesman married to a voluptuous siren of a wife, Molly.Read more ›
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This edition doesn't break down chapters correctly. Keeps parts I II and III but not the 18 episodes.Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
Despite having taken multiple English courses in college, I was never assigned to read Joyce’s Ulysses. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Tom Hafkenschiel
Fantastic novel, but probably requires a guide for the first read. Very dense and difficult to understand, but worth the effort.Published 12 days ago by Alex
I loved Ulysses when I was in my early twenties. Now, reading it again I find it much more challenging, much more complex.
Still loving it. James Joyce was a genius! Read more
RATING APPLIES TO THE OXFORD EDITION (1993), particularly the Kindle edition, not the contents of the book. Read morePublished 16 days ago by B. B. Maxwell
Good book, at times drags, but I really liked it. I suppose you'd need a classical education to understand this book in the very nth degree, but as a French student who took a... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Lilla
Read this a long time ago and bought another copy last week. Looking forward to a reread when I have time, see how viewing it with older eyes and brain will take it in.Published 20 days ago by ilynxis
A warning to all students and scholars looking for a copy of Ulysses: this version will make one of the most difficult books in the English language even harder than it already... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Evon