Ulysses (Penguin Modern Classics)

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'Everybody knows now that Ulysses is the greatest novel of the century' Anthony Burgess, Observer

Following the events of one single day in Dublin, the 16th June 1904, and what happens to the characters Stephen Dedalus, Leopold Bloom and his wife Molly, Ulysses is a monument to the human condition. It has survived censorship, controversy and legal action, and even been deemed blasphemous, but remains an undisputed modernist classic: ceaselessly inventive, garrulous, funny, sorrowful, vulgar, lyrical and ultimately redemptive. It confirms Joyce's belief that literature 'is the eternal affirmation of the spirit of man'.

'The most important expression which the present age has found; it is a book to which we are all indebted, and from which none of us can escape' T. S. Eliot

'Intoxicating ... a towering work, in its word play surpassing even Shakespeare' Guardian

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Ulysses has been labelled dirty, blasphemous and unreadable. In a famous 1933 court decision, Judge John M. Woolsey declared it an emetic book--although he found it not quite obscene enough to disallow its importation into the United States--and Virginia Woolf was moved to decry James Joyce's "cloacal obsession". None of these descriptions, however, do the slightest justice to the novel. To this day it remains the modernist masterpiece, in which the author takes both Celtic lyricism and vulgarity to splendid extremes. It is funny, sorrowful, and even (in its own way) suspenseful. And despite the exegetical industry that has sprung up in the last 75 years, Ulysses is also a compulsively readable book. Even the verbal vaudeville of the final chapters can be navigated with relative ease, as long as you're willing to be buffeted, tickled, challenged and (occasionally) vexed by Joyce's astonishing command of the English language.

Among other things, a novel is simply a long story, and the first question about any story is "What happens?" In the case of Ulysses, the answer could be "Everything". William Blake, one of literature's sublime myopics, saw the universe in a grain of sand. Joyce saw it in Dublin, Ireland, on June 16, 1904, a day distinguished by its utter normality. Two characters, Stephen Dedalus and Leopold Bloom, go about their separate business, crossing paths with a gallery of inforgettable Dubliners. We watch them teach, eat, loiter, argue and (in Bloom's case) masturbate. And thanks to the book's stream- of-consciousness technique--which suggests no mere stream but an impossibly deep, swift-running river-- we're privy to their thoughts, emotions and memories. The result? Almost every variety of human experience is crammed into the accordion-folds of a single day, which makes Ulysses not just an experimental work but the very last word in realism.

Both characters add their glorious intonations to the music of Joyce's prose. Dedalus's accent--that of a freelance aesthetician, who dabbles here and there in what we might call "Early Yeats Lite"-- will be familiar to readers of Portrait of an Artist As a Young Man. But Bloom's wistful sensualism (and naïve curiosity) is something else entirely. Seen through his eyes, a rundown corner of a Dublin graveyard is a figure for hope and hopelessness, mortality and dogged survival: "Mr Bloom walked unheeded along his grove by saddened angels, crosses, broken pillars, family vaults, stone hopes praying with upcast eyes, old Ireland's hearts and hands. More sensible to spend the money on some charity for the living. Pray for the repose of the soul of. Does anybody really?" --James Marcus

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"Joyce's parallel use of "The Odyssey...has the importance of a scientific discovery...It is simply a way of controlling, of ordering, of giving a shape and a significance to the immense panorama of futility and anarchy which is contemporary history...It is, I seriously believe, a step toward making the modern world possible for art." -T. S. Eliot
""Ulysses has enough verbal splendor to furnish a legion of novels...You will have difficulty finding a fuller portrait of the natural man." -Harold Bloom, "The Western Canon
"One might almost risk praising ["Ulysses] for being a work of literature in which the spirit of one man is eternally confirmed in all its complexity." -from the Introduction
With an Introduction by Craig Raine

"Joyce's parallel use of "The Odyssey..".has the importance of a scientific discovery...It is simply a way of controlling, of ordering, of giving a shape and a significance to the immense panorama of futility and anarchy which is contemporary history...It is, I seriously believe, a step toward making the modern world possible for art." -T. S. Eliot
""Ulysses" has enough verbal splendor to furnish a legion of novels...You will have difficulty finding a fuller portrait of the natural man." -Harold Bloom, "The Western Canon"
"One might almost risk praising ["Ulysses"] for being a work of literature in which the spirit of one man is eternally confirmed in all its complexity." -from the Introduction
With an Introduction by Craig Raine

"Joyce's parallel use of "The Odyssey,.".has the importance of a scientific discovery...It is simply a way of controlling, of ordering, of giving a shape and a significance to the immense panorama of futility and anarchy which is contemporary history...It is, I seriously believe, a step toward making the modern world possible for art." -T. S. Eliot
""Ulysses" has enough verbal splendor to furnish a legion of novels...You will have difficulty finding a fuller portrait of the natural man." -Harold Bloom, "The Western Canon"
"One might almost risk praising ["Ulysses"] for being a work of literature in which the spirit of one man is eternally confirmed in all its complexity." -from the Introduction
With an Introduction by Craig Raine

"Joyce's parallel use of "The Odyssey"...has the importance of a scientific discovery...It is simply a way of controlling, of ordering, of giving a shape and a significance to the immense panorama of futility and anarchy which is contemporary history...It is, I seriously believe, a step toward making the modern world possible for art." -T. S. Eliot

""Ulysses" has enough verbal splendor to furnish a legion of novels...You will have difficulty finding a fuller portrait of the natural man." -Harold Bloom, "The Western Canon"

"One might almost risk praising ["Ulysses"] for being a work of literature in which the spirit of one man is eternally confirmed in all its complexity." -from the Introduction

With an Introduction by Craig Raine

"Joyce's parallel use of "The Odyssey."..has the importance of a scientific discovery...It is simply a way of controlling, of ordering, of giving a shape and a significance to the immense panorama of futility and anarchy which is contemporary history...It is, I seriously believe, a step toward making the modern world possible for art." -T. S. Eliot
""Ulysses" has enough verbal splendor to furnish a legion of novels...You will have difficulty finding a fuller portrait of the natural man." -Harold Bloom, "The Western Canon"
"One might almost risk praising ["Ulysses"] for being a work of literature in which the spirit of one man is eternally confirmed in all its complexity." -from the Introduction
With an Introduction by Craig Raine

Joyce s parallel use of "The Odyssey" has the importance of a scientific discovery It is simply a way of controlling, of ordering, of giving a shape and a significance to the immense panorama of futility and anarchy which is contemporary history It is, I seriously believe, a step toward making the modern world possible for art. T. S. Eliot
"Ulysses" has enough verbal splendor to furnish a legion of novels You will have difficulty finding a fuller portrait of the natural man. Harold Bloom, "The Western Canon"
One might almost risk praising ["Ulysses"] for being a work of literature in which the spirit of one man is eternally confirmed in all its complexity. from the Introduction
With an Introduction by Craig Raine"

Joyce s parallel use of The Odyssey has the importance of a scientific discovery It is simply a way of controlling, of ordering, of giving a shape and a significance to the immense panorama of futility and anarchy which is contemporary history It is, I seriously believe, a step toward making the modern world possible for art. T. S. Eliot
Ulysses has enough verbal splendor to furnish a legion of novels You will have difficulty finding a fuller portrait of the natural man. Harold Bloom, The Western Canon
One might almost risk praising [Ulysses] for being a work of literature in which the spirit of one man is eternally confirmed in all its complexity. from the Introduction
With an Introduction by Craig Raine"

"Joyce's parallel use of The Odyssey...has the importance of a scientific discovery...It is simply a way of controlling, of ordering, of giving a shape and a significance to the immense panorama of futility and anarchy which is contemporary history...It is, I seriously believe, a step toward making the modern world possible for art." -T. S. Eliot

"Ulysses has enough verbal splendor to furnish a legion of novels...You will have difficulty finding a fuller portrait of the natural man." -Harold Bloom, The Western Canon

"One might almost risk praising [Ulysses] for being a work of literature in which the spirit of one man is eternally confirmed in all its complexity." -from the Introduction

With an Introduction by Craig Raine

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