Ulysses

Ulysses

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Publisher: [S.l.] : Duke Classics, 2012
ISBN: 9781620116883
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Characteristics: 1 online resource

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KWhite190
Dec 12, 2018

"He proves by algebra that Hamlet's grandson is Shakespeare's grandfather."

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KWhite190
Dec 12, 2018

" The supreme question about a work of art is out of how deep a life does it spring. The painting of Gustave Moreau is the painting of ideas. The deepest poetry of Shelley, the words of Hamlet bring our mind into contact with the eternal wisdom, Plato's world of ideas. All the rest is the speculation of schoolboys for schoolboys."

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KWhite190
Dec 12, 2018

"Was there one point on which their views were equal and negative?

The influence of gaslight or electric light on the growth of adjoining paraheliotropic trees."

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KWhite190
Dec 12, 2018

"His lips lipped and mouthed fleshless lips of air: mouth to her womb. Oomb, allwombing tomb. His mouth moulded issuing breath, unspeeched: ooeeehah: roar of cataractic planets, globed, blazing, roaring wayawayawayawayawayaway. Paper."

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KWhite190
Dec 12, 2018

" He comes, pale vampire, through storm his eyes, his bat sails bloodying the sea, mouth to her mouth's kiss."

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KWhite190
Dec 12, 2018

"-- Metempsychosis?

-- Yes. Who's he when he's at home?

-- Metempsychosis, he said, frowning. It's Greek: from the Greek. That means the transmigration of souls.

-- O, rocks! she said. Tell us in plain words."

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KWhite190
Dec 12, 2018

“Every life is in many days, day after day. We walk through ourselves, meeting robbers, ghosts, giants, old men, young men, wives, widows, brothers-in-love, but always meeting ourselves.”

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KWhite190
Dec 12, 2018

"Shut your eyes and see."

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Michael
Dec 29, 2008

The heaventree of stars hung with humid nightblue fruit

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Michael
Dec 29, 2008

… 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

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KWhite190
Dec 13, 2018

The first three chapters of Ulysses (Telemachus, Nestor, and Proteus) are Joyce's farewell to his literary stand-in Stephen Dedalus, of which Joyce's previous novel, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, is the subject. Part I of Ulysses is exclusively told from Stephen's, and thus Joyce's perspective, just as Portrait was. In Calypso (the fourth episode), the reader encounters a new narrator in the form of Leopold Bloom. Bloom is everything Stephen (and Joyce) is not; while Stephen is pretentious and snobbish, Bloom is anything but. Joyce created Bloom as an Everyman to better represent the traveling of all of Dublin in the span of one day; by having a narrator with more interest in the macrocosm rather than the complicated and dark microcosm that is Stephen's mind, the reader is able to explore Dublin with fresh eyes and appreciate all of the landmarks Joyce mentions (Joyce once said that anyone could pick up the novel and use it as a map of Dublin; hence, the celebration of Bloomsday each year in Dublin on June 16th--the day the novel takes place on--by touring Dublin following Bloom's footsteps).
Ulysses is a cornucopia of creativity and writing styles, with each of the eighteen episodes taking a radically different form than the one before it: Circe is a play; Ithaca is a catechism; Sirens is comprised of mostly musical rhythms, metaphors, and tones; Aeolus is long-winded; Proteus is completely stream-of-consciousness; Penelope has no punctuation; Oxen in the Sun moves through the development of English language.
There are certainly many themes in Ulysses, but the base theme is life and death: Stephen feels haunted by his mother's ghost, Bloom hallucinates seeing the apparition of his dead son Rudy several times, in one of the dream sequences of Circe when Bloom transforms into a woman he reveals his longing to be a mother and gives birth, and Stephen focuses on bringing his creativity and agency 'to life' via his convoluted algebraic Shakespeare theory in which he attempts to prove Hamlet's grandson is Shakespeare's grandfather.
Ulysses explores the human condition: nothing more and nothing less. Joyce being the brilliant writer he was, took up the burden and created this masterpiece which is arguably the best written work inhe English language.

HCL_featured Sep 19, 2018

"Burned in the U.S. (1918), Ireland (1922), Canada (1922), England (1923) and banned in England (1929)." from www.ala.org American Library Association

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xiaojunbpl12
Jan 23, 2018

I've yet read Odyssey, neither do I know the story. I've yet been to Dubin, only travelled quite a bit in and around Clare County plus mind journey to Ireland's past. My knowledge of history, literature, philosophy are limited, though I'm catching up...
However, my first read of this VOLUME is (to my suprise) rewarding. Immersed in Joyce' Joy, I didn't work hard digging out the obscure treasure and relic to inspect the details carved or eroded, mostly I swam with the flow, reading more larger sections in one sitting, without intermittent referencing that can interrupt my stream of conciousness. One cannot read if try to understand every single detail, one cannot hear if dwell on a sound harmony of one transient.

My take at current stage is limited to what I heard from my vocal interpretation, besides allegory (I must have missed much), humor (pun, rhyme, riddle) and guilty pleasure, esp. empathy felt with Bloom (his brilliance of imagination and dreamscape; his ordinary being of else...any one can relate to). I tried to like Stephen for his talent and some intangible attractivness, but too far-fetched for me to even level myself first (I'll ruminate more when read again).
Molly (as well as a lesser female character Gerty) gave me an added bonus not to question author's arrogance and showing off.
There are many other characters who confused me at the time and some still do, though they seemed to serve certain interests or purposes, I put them off as the background hum or salad base.
The book must have inspired many progenitors in the realm of high art, commercial art, even multi-media today (Bloom is an Ad guy!).

Each chapter varies in style and form, and may be preferred by different reader. To me (pertinent to science-trained or not), a special mention is "Ithaca", not due to its being easier or more difficult to chew, it was my reading experience transformed my attitude towards it from curious, slightly annoyed, addictively detested, to absolutely captivated.

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mrob
Dec 06, 2016

It might help to read "Re-Joyce" by Anthony Burgess.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 08, 2016

This is a book laden with heavy allegory, a myriad of complex references, dense poetry, eccentric structure, and that is all it is. This book feels like one man writing everything he’s ever wanted to write in one book, and that makes it unequivocally unique and fascinating; however, just because there is nothing like this, doesn’t mean this book isn’t just mental masturbation for pseudo-intellectuals. There is a beauty in the stream-of-consciousness writing present throughout the book, and there really is nothing like it, but as a whole, it just isn’t readable for anyone who isn’t a masochist, or heavily invested in literature. - @FalcoLombardi of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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Liam39
Oct 07, 2015

On my third try to read Ulysses, I attempted to just open my mind to the "stream of consciousness" writing, but after trying this for a couple of hundred pages, I gave up again.

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mighty_mom
Jun 22, 2015

Quite difficult, not worth the time to read it because it's so boring. One star is generous.

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GerryD
Jun 19, 2013

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.

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haPPY_FUn_baLL
Dec 05, 2010

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!

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alexy93
Aug 05, 2010

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

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KWhite190
Dec 12, 2018

Sexual Content: There is not a sex scene at all, but sexual innuendo abounds.

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KWhite190
Dec 12, 2018

Coarse Language: The book is filled with curse words, real and made up, throughout the novel. This is one of the reasons it was initially banned/burned in several countries.

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Dec 12, 2018

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