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Description 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 disal... more


Description Contains stories that show us truants, seducers, gossips, rally-drivers, generous hostesses, corrupt politicians, failing priests, amateur theologians, struggling musicians, moony adolescents, victims... more

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Description From the author of PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN, FINNEGAN'S WAKE and ULYSSES, a modern classic which highlights the incidents in the lives of ordinary men and women. Part of the VINTAGE CLASS... more


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AdvantagesIt takes to the limit the usage of the English language in the novel.

DisadvantagesIt is too long - could have been half the length. Very difficult to read.

.... Whiteley was a hypocrite who preached morality and rectitude but was a serial philanderer. A wave of public sympathy forced the Home Secretary to commute Rayner's death penalty to 20 yrs imprisonment. Like James Joyce, the public could not abide sexual hypocrisy. Page 131 the lakemist of Lego Page 133 - mocks his aquascutum Page 1?? - haw haw - Lord Haw-Haw was hanged in 1946 for treason because...

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AdvantagesAmong the greatest novels ever written.

DisadvantagesYou'd be best to take a few maps,

...version or, failing that, some close commentary of some kind to refer to every other line. Joyce envisioned a kind of encyclopedia, and to this end most every paragraph contains one or several or several dozen asides and remarks and insinuations related to - well, just about everything. Botany, history, biology, theology, philosophy, art, literature... One can easily skim over these things and still...

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“Not Everyone's Joyce”

published 26/01/2013

AdvantagesArtistic licence - a classic masterclass in modern literature.

DisadvantagesVerbose - grotesquely descriptive.

...James Joyce (1882 ? 1941) Chronicling the life of Stephen Dedalus. NB - Introducing the character of Stephen Dedalus - in James Joyce?s ?Ulysses?. Five Chapters in all. If a writer inspires a book, it is callous to ignore the honour ? especially a book that was runner-up in last year?s (2012) Man Booker prize: I?m referring to, ?Umbrella? by Novelist Will Self. James Joyce...

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