Ulysses: By James Joyce

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MobileReference.com, 2008 - Fiction - 557 pages
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Ulysses is a novel by James Joyce, first serialized in parts in the American journal The Little Review from March 1918 to December 1920, then published in its entirety by Sylvia Beach on February 2, 1922, in Paris. It is considered one of the most important works of Modernist literature. Ulysses chronicles the passage through Dublin by its main character, Leopold Bloom, during an ordinary day, June 16, 1904. The title alludes to the hero of Homer''s Odyssey (Latinised into Ulysses), and there are many parallels, both implicit and explicit, between the two works (e.g., the correspondences between Leopold Bloom and Odysseus, Molly Bloom and Penelope, and Stephen Dedalus and Telemachus). June 16 is now celebrated by Joyce''s fans worldwide as Bloomsday. Excerpted from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This is an electronic edition of the complete book complemented by author biography. This booktable of contents linked to every chapter and episode. .

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Roughly 50% of the prose is flat out spectacular. - LibraryThing
Hard to read, but I'm really glad I read it. - LibraryThing
It is the closest we have of prose as poetry. - LibraryThing

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A seminal work, yes. Gems in the text, yes. Poetry in motion, yes. Enjoyable read, no. I got lots of great advice when tackling this book: friends let me borrow their annotations; some suggested to ... Read full review

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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 ... Read full review

About the author (2008)

James Joyce was born on February 2, 1882, in Dublin, Ireland, into a large Catholic family. Joyce was a very good pupil, studying poetics, languages, and philosophy at Clongowes Wood College, Belvedere College, and the Royal University in Dublin. Joyce taught school in Dalkey, Ireland, before marrying in 1904. Joyce lived in Zurich and Triest, teaching languages at Berlitz schools, and then settled in Paris in 1920 where he figured prominently in the Parisian literary scene, as witnessed by Ernest Hemingway's A Moveable Feast. Joyce's collection of fine short stories, Dubliners, was published in 1914, to critical acclaim. Joyce's major works include A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Ulysses, Finnegans Wake, and Stephen Hero. Ulysses, published in 1922, is considered one of the greatest English novels of the 20th century. The book simply chronicles one day in the fictional life of Leopold Bloom, but it introduces stream of consciousness as a literary method and broaches many subjects controversial to its day. As avant-garde as Ulysses was, Finnegans Wake is even more challenging to the reader as an important modernist work. Joyce died just two years after its publication, in 1941.

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