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Ulysses

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Ulysses
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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.
Authors: Joyce, James, 1882-1941
Statement of Responsibility: James Joyce ; with a foreword by Morris L. Ernst and the decision of the United States District Court rendered by judge John M. Woolsey
Title: Ulysses
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1990
Edition: 1st Vintage International ed
Characteristics: xvii, 783 p. ; 21 cm.
Summary: This account of several lower class citizens of Dublin describes their activities and tells what some of them were thinking one day in 1904.
Subject Headings: Alienation (Social psychology) Fiction City and town life Fiction Dublin (Ireland) Fiction Male friendship Fiction Married people Fiction Jewish men Fiction Artists Fiction
Genre/Form: Psychological fiction
Domestic fiction
Epic fiction
Topical Term: Alienation (Social psychology)
City and town life
Male friendship
Married people
Jewish men
Artists
LCCN: 89040555
ISBN: 0679722769
9780679722762
Branch Call Number: CLASSICS FIC J
Research Call Number: JFD 92-18352
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Jun 19, 2013
  • GerryD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This novel is #12 on my researched Top Classic Novels. I won't attempt to add to the excellent summaries already provided. This complex, difficult novel was written in 1922 between two other Top 100 novels, "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" and Finnegans Wake". See my GerryD Lists for more great novels.

Can't honestly give this book a rating as I had to throw in the towel after 20 pages...I really gave it a good try but found it unreadable.

Joyce's "stream of consciousness" style makes for an confusing, jolting, unenjoyable experience. It seems you have to know your latin and turn-of-the-century Irish jargon to have any chance to know what's going on.

It's not the time period that makes this book exclusive - Fitzgerald's "Great Gatsby" is written was written within the same decade and is infinitely more accessable...and enjoyable!

Aug 14, 2010
  • alexy93 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

The greatest novel in modern English literature? ...hmm?

Jul 02, 2010
  • wallyb rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Easily one of the most influential and challenging novels of the 20th Century. It really helps to have a guide to understand what's going on, and to provide access points (for instance, the amount of music theory in this book is enough for a symphony, and look for the repeated mention of various organs of the body). I've heard mixed reviews of audio versions of (parts of) this novel, but listening might help the reader approach it from another angle: as music, and as poetry. Reading Ulysses is a challenge, but it should be remembered that it is supposed to be a fun challenge, and a real adventure for the characters and the reader.

Dec 29, 2008
  • bharding rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the greatest works of English Literature as well as one of its most difficult. Joyce's experimentation with the novel, with the written word, with language, and with the human mind was monumental and defined the Modernist movement and all that has followed.

If you give the time that this lengthy and complex book asks of you it will likely reward you with one of the greatest experiences in reading you have ever had or, possibly, one of the worst. Take the chance.

For a good introduction to Joyce read "James Joyce" by Richard Ellmann. If you liked Ulysses, try Finnegans Wake. If you didn't, try Dubliners.

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Dec 29, 2008
  • Michael rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The heaventree of stars hung with humid nightblue fruit

Dec 29, 2008
  • Michael rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

… and how he kissed me under the Moorish wall and I thought well as well him as another and then I asked him with my eyes to ask again yes and then he asked me would I yes to say yes my mountain flower and first I put my arms around him yes and drew him down to me so he could feel my breasts all perfume yes and his heart was going like mad and yes I said yes I will Yes

Dec 29, 2008
  • Michael rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.

Dec 29, 2008
  • Michael rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

He…saw the dark tangled curls of his bus floating, floating hair of the stream around the limp father of thousands, a languid floating flower

Dec 29, 2008
  • Michael rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Perfumes of embraces all him assailed. With hungered flesh obscurely he mutely craved to adore.

Dec 29, 2008
  • Michael rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Hold to the now, the here, through which all future plunges to the past.

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