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yes I said yes I will Yes.: A Celebration of James Joyce, Ulysses, and 100 Years of Bloomsday Paperback – May 11, 2004
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“You should approach Joyce’s Ulysses as the illiterate Baptist preacher approaches the Old Testament: with faith.” —William Faulkner
“His writing is not about something. It is the thing itself.” —Samuel Beckett
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On the fictional morning of June 16, 1904--Bloomsday, as it has come to be known--Mr. Leopold Bloom set out from his home at 7 Eccles Street and began his day's journey through Dublin life in the pages of James Joyce's novel of the century, Ulysses." Commemorating the 100th anniversary of Bloomsday, Yes I Said Yes I Will Yes" offers a priceless gathering of what's been said about Ulysses since the extravagant praise and withering condemnation that first greeted it" upon its initial publication.
From the varied appraisals of such Joyce contemporaries as William Butler Yeats ("It is an entirely new thing. . . . He has certainly surpassed in intensity any novelist of our time") and Virginia Woolf ("Never did I read such tosh"), to excerpts from Tennessee Williams' term paper "Why Ulysses" is Boring" and assorted wit, praise, parody, caricature, photographs, anecdotes, bon mots, and reminiscence, this treasury of Bloomsiana is a lively and winning tribute to the most famous day in literature.
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This present volume while focusing on the celebration which is Bloomsday nonetheless provides many insights into the work itself. Isiah Sheffer's explanation of the way the eighteen chapters can be read as a six- six- six thesis antithesis synthesis , or as a three chapter twelve chapter three chapter story of Daedalaus alone Bloom's wandering and the fictional father- son in some kind of combination of meeting , does add yet another little bit of interpretation to my own sense of the work.
But of course Joyce wrote a work which begged and called for interpretation, and 'Ulysses' is the novel which has brought forth reams of academic scholarship, endless interpretation. It has , and here again is Joyce's great cunning, generated new life for itself through its ongoing interpretations and reinterpretations. And here it is like another central parallel work within the work, Hamlet, which Daedalus reads in his own somewhat Freudian way.
The work has a lyric power , an ongoing lilt , and an immense intelligence. In the 'Oxen in the Sun' episode where Joyce rewrites the history of the English language stylistically and in parody, we feel the master in control paring his fingernails above the ordinary world of writers and readers.
I enjoy this small volume as yet another edition to the ongoing library made around the name of this great mastermaker.
The text itself highlights and articulates both Joyce's intentions in writing such a monster-masterpiece, and others' reactions to reading it. For the uninitiated, "yes I said yes I will Yes" breaks down the mystery behind the whole Joyce legacy into a readable, comprehensible attempt at purity of language and thought, and how the human mind processes everything it encounters on parallel levels: first, the creation of characters who reflect momentary, fleeting glimpses of existence; then, the interpretation of the tale by assorted artists, writers,scholars, and students alike.
"yes I said yes I will yes" is meticulously edited and written, yet it strikes no poses; it emerges as an easily readable and digestible companion and introduction to Joyce and his machinations. Offering both line drawings and photographs of Joyce and others, this slim volume appraches the "Ulysses" dilemma from multiple directions, containing quotes from such writers as Virginia Woolf, who dismissed the book as fancified rubbish. As "yes I said..." suggests, opinions on "Ulysses" run the gamut, as would be expected of such a literary feat; however, it remains reader-friendly, the ideal way to make the acquaintance of perhaps the most influential modern novel.
The parallels drawn by the editor are equally intriguing and informative. Ms. Tully sheds light on how Joyce's version of the Odyssey anticipated, foreshadowed, and still corresponds other early modernist artistic, literary, and cultural movements. The book balances chapters or sections which introduce new contexts of, or aspects for approaching "Ulysses", followed by varying opinions and ideas about Joyce and his work. "yes I said yes I will Yes" forges a timely, necessary bridge between an author whose work often intimidates many of us, and what that work means today. I read it in a single sitting, several times over, and will prize it as a manageable, palatable reference source.
After absorbing this small book about Joyce, Ulysses, and the relevance of Bloomsday, I can return to Ulysses with a renewed sense of confidence and insight. "yes I said..." is well-packaged, presents appealing visual design and layout, plus it's affordable. I only wish it had been issued in hardback -- the pages on my copy already resemble my cocker spaniel's ears.