The New Bloomsday Book: A Guide Through Ulysses
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 o...more
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I know some people would like to read Ulysses but can't find the six months in their busy schedules they think they'll need, so here's the short version. It consists of the first and last lines from each chapter. It struck me how stunningly beautiful these sentences are, so even if you never do get to read Ulysses, you can get the gist of the damn thing right here. Let's go. (I also add my own summary of the action in brackets).
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...more
Co-reading with Ulysses. Strikes an excellent balance between annotation and accessibility. It's alrea...more
This book, for those who want to push on and read Ulysses, is probably an excellent investment for you!
Good luck. And don't cry.
Reading Blamires' breakdown before I start a new chapter is making the book much more enjoyable. I find his summaries and analyses to be at just the right depth to allow m...more
I gather this book is really out of print. So... if you're tackling Ulysses, do...more
Kind of wish I had finished it before I had finished Ulysses because I apparently missed a lot in that last episode.
I was reading this last section and thinking "is that what was going on?"
I finished Ulysses in July or August and only my guide today. Oh, well.
I highly recommend it to Ulysses readers.