Ulysses

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Echo Library, Feb 1, 2009 - Fiction - 528 pages
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A day in the life of Leopold Bloom, whose odyssey through the streets of turn-of-the-century Dublin leads him through trials that parallel those of Ulysses on his epic journey home.

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User Review  - kbullfrog - LibraryThing

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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User Review  - Emilian Kasemi - Goodreads

“You should approach Joyce's Ulysses as the illiterate Baptist preacher approaches the Old Testament: with faith.” William Faulkner Joyce considered writing a hard work and not just a means of ... Read full review

About the author (2009)

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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