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Ulysses

3.8 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-1613821176
ISBN-10: 1613821174
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given that Ulysses has been so commented on and the text even messed about with in some editions, many will be glad of the opportunity to read the book as Joyce intended -- Books Ireland very agreeable and pleasing to handle -- Books Ireland [the illustrations] are homely and quite evocative representations that do not overshadow the text ... they are actually company for the reader and leave room for the imagination to breathe freely --Books Ireland

About the Author

James Joyce (1882-1941) was born and educated in Dublin. His first collection of short stories was published in 1904 and was met with great praise in Ireland and abroad. Whilst living in Paris, he wrote Ulysses which quickly established Joyce as one of the most influential authors of the 20th century. Every year on 16 June, Joyceans across the globe celebrate Bloomsday, the day on which the action of Ulysses took place, proving Joyce's importance to literature. We are delighted to have a range of James Joyce books available from O'Brien Press *Dubliners: a beautiful, easy-to-read edition of this classic short story collection *Ulysses: widely regarded as Joyce's masterwork, and one of the leading novels ever in English, the Dublin Illustrated Edition faithfully reproduces the original 1922 text with specially-commissioned illlustrations of key locations in the book *James Joyce: Portrait of a Dubliner by Alfonso Zapico, a unique graphic novel biography of Joyce: by turns hilarious and sad, a fascinating view on a remarkable life Bob Joyce is a grand-nephew of James Joyce, and is on the board of the James Joyce Centre in Dublin.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 612 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Brown (October 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613821174
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613821176
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #920,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pretty amazing, but such a bloody ordeal at times that it's hard to justify the time and effort required. How many other great books could you read in the time it takes to get thru Ulysses (assuming a serious effort)? It's a huge chunk of your reading life. Still glad I got thru it and can now enjoy some familiarity with one of the legendary works of western fiction.

I do think Joyce went overboard structurally. Some of the episodes struck me as too cryptic and obscure in their form, their structural basis too removed from anyything meaningful for me. Such a large portion of the book is entirely unconventional in form and it's so overwhelming and confusing. Of course, there is some spectacular writing, and a ton of great wit and laughs. And some of the stream of consciousness and interior monologue sections are so remarkable and compelling that you just have to read it.

Some advise no reference materials on first reading. I disagree and say get the Gifford encyclopedia and try to use it only when needed and to try to resist looking up every reference, allusion, slang or colloquialism, etc. I also used SparkNotes just for basic episode summaries. A good dictionary is essential. Helps to have read The Odyssey (obviously), Hamlet, Portrait of the Artist, Dubliners, the Bible, and more.

Man what a beast...
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I'm writing this review as a result of attending a book club meeting in my home town last night. I was disturbed by some of the comments people were making and want to make some recommendations.

I should say that I first read Ulysses in my teens and come back to it every few years, finding it richer each time. As I progress through the stages of life, I 'get' more and marvel at just the understanding of human nature there is in the book. So I'm a fan, basically. :-)

Now, our meeting featured a talk by a fantastic Joyce scholar, which was very enlightening as to the incredible multiple layers of meaning and the references and the depth of the thing and so on. But the thing is, you can read the book as the book. Just read the words.

Anyway, so, recommendations:

1. If you're not liking it, stop reading it. Plain and simple. I don't mean dismiss it and rate it a zero. I mean just stop reading it. Because I can't tell you the number of books I've started reading and not got on with, that if I'd just slogged on and on and on like I was going to be punished for not 'finishing', would have put me off them for life. I've opened those same books, sometimes years later, and absolutely loved them. Sometimes you just have to be in a receptive mood. It'll pay off, believe me. This ain't school. You don't have to produce a report or keep up a grade average. If you ARE in school and etc, then I'm so sorry. The system will be cutting you off from what is a great pleasure in life.

2. PLEASE don't try and get all the meanings at once. One gentleman commented last night that he couldn't get on with it, even though he had the annotated version, etc. Holy moley. Imagine you're passing a bookshop on the day it came out.
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Don't read "Ulysses" because of what other people say about it or how highly it's usually ranked among great 20th-c. novels; if you don't like it, move on to something else. But if Joyce intrigues you, well, you've got a lifetime to sort it all out. I've read the book several times and it's never the same experience--Joyce is always many steps ahead of me. When I first read "Ulysses" as an insufferable young man of 19, I kept thinking, "Why does he write this way?" (Along with, "Why am I not 'getting' it?") (Because I was only 19, I guess, and I tried to plow through it quickly so I could tell everyone that I "read 'Ulysses'!". Ouch.) And talk about slow reading! Let your eyes melt into a paragraph or a sentence. Let it sink in! Perhaps the ideal reader of Joyce is the one who memorizes the entire thing. Let me explain: Everything in "Ulysses" is interrelated. I'll bet there aren't 20 facts in the book that don't relate somehow to other aspects of the book. He'll mention something in chapter 3, and by chapter 10 he'll mention something else about it. "Oh, right; chapter 3." You know, sort of like in real life. Joyce could have written the book normally, but I'm glad he didn't. Like asking Bach to make his fugues simpler. What's the point? and who has the right. Joyce is not deliberately obscure; to me, he's one of the least obscure writers ever. Paging Aristotle! To me, he had the most control over his words of any author who ever lived. (Again, it's all interrelated.) So yes, the book is not going to come alive on the first reading. Poor baby. Takes more than that to peel this onion. If you were to look up all of the allusions etc. in this book, you'd have a solid liberal-arts education. But you don't have to, of course. It's just that the more you know, the more you'll get out of this book.Read more ›
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The poor attention to typography has rendered this edition almost unreadable. I was looking to save a few dollars and read a great classic and instead I have a five-pound doorstop.
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