The New Bloomsday Book : Guide Through "Ulysses", Paperback

The New Bloomsday Book : Guide Through "Ulysses" Paperback

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Since 1966 readers new to James Joyce have depended upon this essential guide to Ulysses.

Harry Blamires helps readers to negotiate their way through this formidable, remarkable novel and gain an understanding of it which, without help, it might have taken several readings to achieve.

The New Bloomsday Book is a crystal clear, page-by-page, line-by-line running commentary on the plot of Ulysses which illuminates symbolic themes and structures along the way.

It is a highly accessible, indispensible guide for anyone reading Joyce's masterpiece for the first time.

To ensure that Blamires' classic work will remain useful to new readers, this third edition contains the page numbering and references to three commonly read editions of Ulysses: the Oxford University Press 'World Classics' (1993), the Penguin 'Twentieth-Century Classics' (1992), and the Gabler 'Corrected Text' (1986) editions.

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272 pages, facsimiles, tables
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Literary studies: from c 1900 -
  • ISBN: 9780415138581

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3

Very helpful in deciphering the elusive plot of Ulysses. Even with the help of this book, I couldn't begin to understand all of the references to the Holy Trinity contained in the novel.

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4

After just completing my first reading of Ulysses, I am joining my voice to the GR chorus of appreciation for Blamires's guide. MJ referred to it as indispensable in his review, and I concur with his assessment.<br/><br/>Blamires provides short, beautifully written overviews of each episode, but these overviews are not simply summaries (although his summaries are indispensable in certain passages and episodes that otherwise could be difficult to follow). Instead, Blamires also discusses some approaches to interpreting Ulysses, indicating themes and motifs that reappear throughout the novel, providing some gentle guidance for the reader to begin appreciating the intricate connections that Joyce weaves throughout the novel.<br/><br/>I have described Blamires's The New Bloomsday Book as serving a function similar to that of synopses of operas in playbills. He provides a sense of the action and some important elements to consider when reading Ulysses, but he does so in such a way that readers remain free to respond to Ulysses on their own terms. It's a very difficult balancing act, and one that he executes perfectly.

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2

A stupid book and totally unnecessary to reading Ulysses.It transpires that Blamires is a priest, which doesn't disqualify him,except that he seems to find religious reasons for a lot of Joyce's stuff, which is totally silly.

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This book provides an INVALUABLE assistance to reading Ulysses. In the later chapters, I'm not sure I could of maintained any sense of understanding without it at times. Please consider this book to be a requirement for at least your first tackling of Mt. Ulysses. Like safety ropes. You can always free-climb it later.

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5

This book provides an INVALUABLE assistance to reading Ulysses. In the later chapters, I'm not sure I could of maintained any sense of understanding without it at times. Please consider this book to be a requirement for at least your first tackling of Mt. Ulysses. Like safety ropes. You can always free-climb it later.