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Ulysses Paperback – October 13, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1613821176 ISBN-10: 1613821174

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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: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #482,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I mean just stop reading it.
Frank Mclean
This is without question the most difficult book I have ever read.
A Reader
While free, the Kindle edition is very poor.
Amateur Naturalist

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By DougP on November 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Karen Buck on August 6, 2012
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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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Telamon on July 6, 2012
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By hrt313 on April 15, 2012
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In about October I read Joyce's Portrait of the Artist As a Young man and loved it. This led me to look further into his work. I then went on to read his poetry and some of the sort stories in Dubliners but I really wanted to read another book by him, yet many people told me that Ulysses was impossible to read or full of modernist randomness. I decided to read it ANYWAY.
The book starts off quirky and interesting and (yay!) Stephen Dedalus is back. Each chapter is written in the style that is best for the content and that is one of the things that really impressed me. It is not "random" without a purpose and a lot of this "randomness" actually makes sense if you can recognize and pay attention to the literary/biblical/mythological allusions. Most of them are quite brilliant and I quote it all the time.( "Shakespeare is the happy hunting grounds of all minds that have lost their balance" and such).It is totally worth the time it takes to read it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amateur Naturalist on January 31, 2012
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While free, the Kindle edition is very poor. Poor or non-existent headings combine with frequent appearances of "?" in place of various letters to make this a frustrating read. Fortunately, I read the Modern Library edition years ago and was able to muddle through. Definitely not recommended for first time readers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Verve on June 16, 2012
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This, as it is for many, is a wonderful and challenging read, forcing you to work at reading at creating and meeting up with the author in this wonderful and truly rich fiction that truly is fiction in all senses - not following but breaking up, re-casting fictional elements as he goes. Fiction is not doing this challenging, and upsetting of fictional expectations so much I find, and when I come across any writer who does I have to read and read them over - for fear of how long it will be until I next meet with something that challenges, that moves things... recently I have enjoyed Ben Marcus Notable American Women: A Novel and also Jayne Joso's Perfect Architect AND Soothing Music for Stray Cats- I strongly recommend both authors and these works - after your 1st or 3rd reading of our wonderful Joyce.
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