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Ulysses by James Joyce

Ulysses (1922)

by James Joyce

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1920s (59)
  1. 241
    The Odyssey by Homer (_eskarina, chrisharpe)
    _eskarina: Joyce himself recommended Homer's epos to get better insight and understanding of Ulysses.
  2. 190
    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce (ZenMaintenance)
  3. 80
    Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace (browner56)
    browner56: You will either love them both or hate them both, but you will probably need a reader's guide to get through either one--I know I did.
  4. 103
    Moby Dick by Herman Melville (ateolf)
  5. 50
    The Man Without Qualities (complete) by Robert Musil (roby72)
  6. 40
    The Bloomsday Book by Harry Blamires (bokai)
    bokai: The Bloomsday Book is a book length summary of James Joyce's Ulysses. It informs the reader of the general plot, of particular references in Ulysses to events in other books (most usually Dubliners)and includes a minimum of commentary, usually focusing on the religious aspects of the novel. For someone reading Ulysses with a limited knowledge of Joyce, Ireland, or Catholicism, this book may be the deciding factor in their enjoyment of the novel itself.… (more)
  7. 41
    The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Sterne (roby72)
  8. 42
    The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann (roby72)
  9. 21
    To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway (ateolf)
  10. 10
    J R by William Gaddis (chrisharpe)
  11. 10
    Dublinés by Alfonso Zapico (drasvola)
    drasvola: This book is a graphic narration of Joyce's life. It's in Spanish. Very well done and informative about Joyce's troubled relation with society, his work and family relationships.
  12. 21
    Shakespeare and Company by Sylvia Beach (andejons)
    andejons: For those who want to read about how the book was published (and other details about Joyce's life in Paris)
  13. 10
    The Death of Virgil by Hermann Broch (chrisharpe)
  14. 10
    The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce’s Ulysses by Kevin Birmingham (Cecrow)
    Cecrow: The (Non-fiction) story behind the novel's publication and its struggles with censorship.
  15. 00
    Station Island by Seamus Heaney (kara.shamy)
  16. 00
    The Sleepwalkers by Hermann Broch (thecoroner)
  17. 00
    Daniel Deronda by George Eliot (kara.shamy)
  18. 00
    Berlin Alexanderplatz by Alfred Döblin (rrmmff2000)
    rrmmff2000: Both books of a man in a city, celebrating human life in all its variety, and revelling in language.
  19. 00
    La Medusa by Vanessa Place (fuguette)
    fuguette: Place's work is a free-form experiment tracking the depraved, obsessive, unfiltered thoughts of her characters.
  20. 00
    Milkbottle H by Gil Orlovitz (EnriqueFreeque)
    EnriqueFreeque: Similar kind of disjointed interiority with multiple pov's.

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(Second reading; first read in 2010): I'm finding the reading to be going easier than what I remember the first reading as being. It's not a piece of cake by a long shot but its not all a muddle either. There's still more that I'm sure I'm missing than I'm getting but, for the most part, its making sense and I did catch a joke. Ha! Not a good one but it was there and I saw it. I'm taking that as a positive thing.
Telemachus section; Episodes 1 - 3
Stephen is one insecure, guilt-ridden, frustrated, almost defeated young man. He's somehow beaten down by his guilt and disappointment. If he stays where he is, his life will be one disappointment after another. He needs to take control in order to make the changes that will make him happy and give him a good, solid life where he can be content.
And he’s so alone & isolated from everything: people, job, family. He’s got nowhere to turn to. He’s in a bad, bad space right now. He's at a cross road but I'm not sure if he realizes that (I suspect he doesn't).
Since 2010 I've read The Odyssey and I am seeing some parallels between the two stories.
The Odyssey section; Episodes 4 - 15
Episode 7: What a lot of windbags! I remember not liking this episode much in 2010. This time, I still don't really like it but there are sections of it that caught my interest. I don't quite remember but the idea of windbags and banality probably didn't cross my mind in 2010 and this time, this episode is full of wind!
The more I read, the more I realize that whether I get what Joyce is getting at or not, Joyce is a genius.
Finished Episode 15. What a great finish to this section!
My favorite episodes are 14 & 15, I think. Others were good, too, but the gestation of language in episode 14 and the psychedelic theatrics of episode 15 were incredible. I'd love to see episode 15 done on stage. The stage directions alone are worth the reading of this episode.
The Nostos section; Episodes 16 - 18
  PetraBC | Dec 16, 2014 |
Il terzo capitolo è illeggibile, Breton e Soupault erano meno ermetici. Ma vado avanti.
Si, effettivamente la Telemachia è affascinante, ma non mi ha lasciato traccia. Di quello che dice Dedalus ci ho capito poco o punto. Gia' Bloom e' piu' divertente, gli esperimenti linguistici, onomatopeici e di scrittura istintuale sono piu' interessanti. Ho l'impressione che Joyce sia stato toccato a lungo da sprazzi di illuminazione (non mistica, reale) e abbia saputo scrivere il 'qui ed ora', cosa assai lontana dalle modalita' dei maestri spirituali, per la prima volta nella storia dell'umanita'. Che l'abbia fatto oppure no, quest'uomo rimane comunque un genio.
Faccio fatica a capire le assonanze con l'Odissea. Non che l'abbia letta, ma nella guida alla lettura ... boh.
Il capitolo sul cimitero è terribile.
Il settimo capitolo descrive dialoghi di cui non ricordo altrettanta vividezza in altri testi. Come la prima volta che ascoltammo un CD stupendoci della pulizia dei suoni. Come l'inizio de 'Le iene'.
Ti avviso, in vacanza con me non vieni.
Il bracciolo del divano: questo è il posto giusto per stare. Poi ogni tanto si legge una pagina - tanto non ci si capisce punto, poco importa quello che è successo due pagine prima.
  bobparr | Dec 14, 2014 |
I don't feel qualified to review such a huge, erudite and often impenetrable work, or give it a meaningful rating. I found some parts of it interesting and enjoyable, plenty of it educational. Some sections are dense and require either a huge amount of background knowledge or spending more time looking words up than reading, and Joyce's vocabulary includes a lot of composite words and new coinages - there are also fragments of Latin, Greek, French, Italian, Spanish, German, Hebrew and Gaelic. ( )
  bodachliath | Dec 10, 2014 |
own, can-you-believe-i-finished-this, just-what, reviews, summer-hols-2010-11

I can't believe I finished this book. I made it! What a long haul. I wish I could say it was worth it.

Reading all the other reviews, I felt like I must have missed something. But then I thought back over the book. No plot, no structure, no character development, no free-flowing story. I do not see how any of these things makes this book an 'astonishing masterpiece'. Because in my opinion it is not.

There is one point of the book where Bloom "could not make head nor tail of the whole business". Reading this, I know how he felt. ( )
  crashmyparty | Dec 9, 2014 |
After something like 18 months, the last few putting aside all other books, I think I'll let some time pass before reviewing it, other than to say it's brilliant and challenging (as though you, Gentle Reader, did not already suspect as much) but I can say that when I DO review it, it will be more to make a statement as to why others should read, or in the case of the abandoned (of which I'm given to understand are numerous) to take up arms with it again. ( )
  wjmcomposer | Nov 5, 2014 |
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A few intuitive, sensitive visionaries may understand and comprehend "Ulysses," James Joyce's new and mammoth volume, without going through a course of training or instruction, but the average intelligent reader will glean little or nothing from it- even from careful perusal, one might properly say study, of it- save bewilderment and a sense of disgust. It should be companioned with a key and a glossary like the Berlitz books. Then the attentive and diligent reader would eventually get some comprehension of Mr. Joyce's message.
For readers to whom books are an important means of learning about life, it stands preeminent above modern rivals as one of the most monumental works of the human intelligence.
added by Shortride | editTime (Jan 29, 1934)
During the one exciting day in Dublin, Joyce turns the mind of Bloom inside out. The history of Ireland comes to us in refracted rays. Through Stephen Dedalus we are introduced to Joyce's own profound spiritual uneasiness, his sense of loss, his hatred of the pragmatic commercial ethic, his need for the moorings and soundings of the medieval Catholic synthesis, his mental honesty that won't permit him to accept a religion, no matter what its appeal, so long as his intelligence tells him it is a figment of dream.
added by Shortride | editThe New York Times, John Chamberlain (pay site) (Jan 25, 1934)

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James Joyceprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Berkel, ChristianNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Brandt, MatthiasNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Clever, EdithNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Ellmann, RichardForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ellmann, RichardPrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ernst, Morris L.Forewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gabler, HansEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gabler, Hans WalterContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gabler, Hans WalterEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hülsmann, IngoNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Henkes, Robbert-JanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Wollschläger, HansÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0679722769, Paperback)

Ulysses has been labeled dirty, blasphemous, and unreadable. In a famous 1933 court decision, Judge John M. Woolsey declared it an emetic book--although he found it sufficiently unobscene to allow its importation into the United States--and Virginia Woolf was moved to decry James Joyce's "cloacal obsession." None of these adjectives, however, do the slightest justice to the novel. To this day it remains the modernist masterpiece, in which the author takes both Celtic lyricism and vulgarity to splendid extremes. It is funny, sorrowful, and even (in a close-focus sort of way) suspenseful. And despite the exegetical industry that has sprung up in the last 75 years, Ulysses is also a compulsively readable book. Even the verbal vaudeville of the final chapters can be navigated with relative ease, as long as you're willing to be buffeted, tickled, challenged, and (occasionally) vexed by Joyce's sheer command of the English language.

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

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This account of several lower class citizens of Dublin describes their activities and tells what some of them were thinking one day in 1904.

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