Ulysses Paperback – 1990
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A great story of Life with all it's uncertainties, mistakes, misinterpretations. Mostly, it's about interconnection. Even the smallest events in our lives leave ripples that forever expand and change us and our lives.....and we are shaped by these tiny events & all their ripples. I'm currently on my third reading and have come to really love the story.
Joyce edited and added bits and pieces to the text over the years much to the chagrin and frustration of his publishers, so you can expect minor variations between editions, yet they may be 95-99% similar.
"Ineluctable modality of the visible."
There are certain passages that no dictionary will help you with, and that is why you may need a companion book, such as Ulysses annotated, which explains the many allusions, whether to Latin, parallels with the Bible, with the Odyssey which this story loosely parallels, to Latin, British Rule, historical context, local maps, Hamlet, mythical search for the missing father, Shakespeare and the Bible.
The further you get into this book the better it gets.
At once this book is inpiring yet challenging, sometimes perplexing yet ultimately rewarding. Full of inventive wordplay that sometimes defies instant comprehension. I have read entire pages that turn out to be word salad at first. Every chapter has a different narrative style, such as inner monologue, narcissistic, catechism, stream of consciousness. Sometimes this book is brutal to read, sometimes a joy. I can understand why this book is so influential, and the words nibble at the edge of your consciousness forcing your mind to expand itself. This book has changed the way I think about writing, as I have never seen som many different narrative devices used in a single book before. The final chapter with Molly Bloom in bed, with its runon sentences is simply hilarious.
And if you search you can find free online chapter summaries of chapters to speed your comprehension.
I hope you found this review helpful.
Ulysses is the tale of a Modern-day Odysseus, Leopold Bloom in his personal existential/sexual quest. The conclusion of this quest is the quintessential affirmation of humanity, the fundamental family unit - the father, mother, son, and daughter. Like Odysseus, absent from Penelope, traveling the world, for many long years, Leopold Bloom is also absent from his Penelope (in Dublin). Like a traveler (Odysseus), Bloom is sexually absent (abstinent) from Molly '10 years, 5 months and 18 days' (736). Unlike Odysseus, the obstacles Bloom faces are psychological (modern) - internal travails instead of Odysseus' external travails. Bloom's only son's death has become a psychological barrier; as Molly reflects: 'we were never the same since' (778). Yet Bloom is optimistic throughout the work - in regard to the possibility of another child, again Molly: 'Ill give him one more chance' (780). Affirmatively (as we grow to know Molly) we find she has given and is willing to continue to give Bloom 'one more chance'. Through the course of the (Dublin) day, Bloom experiences 'deep frustration, humiliation, fear, punishment and catharsis' (Herring, p.74).Read more ›
Ulysses is considered by me to be the greatest book ever written. Now the following review is just the very basic storyline, in order to even begin to fathom the magnitude of it's magnificence, you need to read the other reviews and so here it is. It describes in florid detail a single day in the life of Leopold Bloom, his wife Molly and Stephen Dedalus, a young would-be-writer -- a character based on Joyce himself. Bloom, a Jewish advertising salesman, spends the day wandering through the streets and offices, pubs and brothels of 1904 Dublin
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Like many reviewers, l stopped reading after about 30 pages. I rated this book prematurely since I doubt I will finish. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tim Cork
Joyce was 40 yrs old when Ulysses was published, it is a day in the life of a husband and father of Joyce's age (at publication). Read morePublished 7 months ago by James C Brandon
This work is heartbreakingly beautiful. You will laugh. You will cry. You will think. A book like no other. It appeals to the best and worst of us all.Published on July 21 2014 by Robert
I might just be too dumb to work my way through this unpunctuated trash. Sorry. Not for me. This tripe gave me a headache.Published on Feb. 25 2014 by Andy Vogt
Great read, if very dense, but this book holds your hand with extensive cataloging of the various typographical errors in this original print of the text (some by Joyce, others by... Read morePublished on Nov. 3 2013 by Dylan Timmins