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  • The New Bloomsday Book A Guide Through Ulysses
  • Harry Blamires
  • English
  • 19 October 2019
  • 9780415138581

10 thoughts on “The New Bloomsday Book A Guide Through Ulysses

  1. says:

    PB’S REALLY SHORT BLUFFER’S GUIDE TO ULYSSES 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 summar

  2. says:

    and Blamires came to my rescue and saved me and I could reach my home base or the final YES

  3. says:

    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 assessmentBlamires 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

  4. says:

    Essential for the Ulysses neophyte like me Don’t attempt Ulysses without reading this alongside Some people understandably won’t read books that reuire additional explanatory texts—Shakespeare we all know can be completely incomprehensible without the side by side notes and no fun or spoiled when rendered

  5. says:

    My first book completion of 2015

  6. says:

    I will forever be grateful to Harry Blamires for writing this book I would not have finished reading James Joyce's masterpiece Ulysses if not for this Ulysses is that type of book that for most people is insurmountable they hear that it is good they buy it they try to read a few pages they drop it but they display it on their shelves like a trophy but never to read again For an ordinary ie no in depth formal training on literature

  7. says:

    For a first reading of Ulysses attempting to read it xx years ago doesn't count this has been an absolutely irreplaceable gu

  8. says:

    Blamires is Virgil to my Dante through Joyce's Inferno Ulysses An indispensable companion My only complaint is that while he brought the Baedeker he didn't bring a dictionary which might have proven half again as helpful Still his pedagogy is perfectly spotless giving the student much at the beginning steeping him in the milieu then weaning

  9. says:

    Finished ahead of finishing Ulysses where I have only he says the final two chapters Ithaca and Penelope to goThe good news? This is about as plain speaking a guide as you're going to find if you're looking for someone to hold your hand while reading Joyce's classicThe bad news? The publisher Routledge has put a price of 36 on this silly little 250 pp paperback Shades of the university bookstore where everything paper

  10. says:

    This is so helpful in the reading of Ulysses Do yourself a favor and read them at the same time The Bloomsday book will be your own personal Virgil and I don't mean to compare reading Ulysses to touring hell or anything You get my drift

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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. PB S REALLY SHORT BLUFFER S GUIDE TO ULYSSES 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 bracketsCHAPTER ONEStately plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossedUsurperStephen and his mate have breakfast and decide to fuck off to townCHAPTER TWOYou Cochrane what city sent for himOn his wise shoulders through the checkerwork of leaves the sun flung spangles dancing coinsStephen does a morning of teaching history and has to put up with his boss the headmaster boring him to deathCHAPTER THREEIneluctable modality of the visible at least that if no thought through my eyesMoving through the air high spars of a threemaster her sails braided up on the crosstrees homing upstream silently moving a silent shipStephen mooches to town and thinks his head off about all kinds of shitCHAPTER FOURMr Leopold Bloom ate with relish the inner organs of beasts and fowlsPoor DignamIntroducing the fairly dull Leopold Bloom and his MILF wife Molly Has anyone noticed Molly is a total Milf before This point appears to have escaped the professorsCHAPTER FIVEBy lorries along Sir John Rogerson s uay Mr Bloom walked soberly past Windmill Lane Leask s the linseed crushers the postal telegraph officeHe saw the trunk and limbs riprippled over and sustained buoyed highly upward lemonyellow his navel bud of flesh and saw the dark tangled curls of his bush floating floating hair of the stream around the limp father of thousands a languid floating flowerBloom goes to a public bath and has a bit of a wank No big dealCHAPTER SIXMartin Cunningham first poked his silkhatted head into the creaking carriage and entering deftly seated himselfHow grand we are this morningThey all go to a funeral and think morbid thoughts like you doCHAPTER SEVENIn the heart of the Hibernian metropolisTickled the old ones too Myles Crawford said if the God Almighty s truth was knownStephen some really boring types go to a newspaper office and jaw jaw jaw for what seem like hoursCHAPTER EIGHTPineapple rock lemon platt butter scotchSafeBloom goes for a pint and a pie in some pub and gets grossed out by the eating habits of his fellow human beings Like you doCHAPTER NINEUrbane to comfort them the uaker librarian purred Laud we the gods and let our crooked smokes climb to their nostrils from our bless d altarsStephen spins some really migraine inducing theories about Shakespeare to some old fuckwits in the library Read this and hang yourself But we re already half way done CHAPTER TENThe superior the Very reverend John Conmee SJ reset his smooth watch in his interior pocket as he came down the presbytery stepsOn Northumberland and Landsdowne roads His Excellency acknowledged punctually salutes from rare male walkers the salute of two small schoolboys at the garden gate of the house said to have been admired by the late ueen when visiting the Irish capital with her husband the prince consort in 1849 and the salute of Almidano Artifoni s sturdy trousers swallowed by a closing doorLots of people meander about Dublin Some get the busCHAPTER ELEVENBronze by gold heard the hoofirons steelyringingDoneBloom visits yet another pub bloody hell He fancies the barmaidsCHAPTER TWELVEI was just passing the time of day with old Troy of the DMP at the corner of Arbour hill there and be damned but a bloody sweep came along and he near drove his gear into my eyeAnd they beheld Him even Him ben Bloom Elijah amid clouds of angels ascend to the glory of the brightness at an angle of fortyfive degrees over Donohoe s in Little Green Street like a shot off a shovelTo coin a phrase this chapter s got rabbit than Sainsburys These Irish guys man they can argueCHAPTER THIRTEENThe summer evening had begun to fold the world in its mysterious embraceCuckooBloom wandering along the seafront and eyeing up this teenage girl she must be no than 15 and giving himself a crafty feel like you do Well you might I would never do thatCHAPTER FOURTEENDeshil Holles EamusJust you try it onStephen and his drinking pals round the maternity hospital and guess what drinking and jawing Fuck meCHAPTER FIFTEENThe Mabbot street entrance of nighttown before which stretches an uncobbled tramsiding set with skeleton tracks red and green will o the wisps and danger signalsA white lamkbin peeps out of his waistcoat pocket This is the Freud on Acid section Bloom and some other random guys go to the red light area to continue their carousing Not much in the way of lapdancing or actual sex however sorry to disappointCHAPTER SIXTEENPreparatory to anything else Mr Bloom brushed off the greater bulk of the shavings and handed Stephen the hat and ashplant and bucked him up generally in orthodox Samaritan fashion which he very badly neededAs they walked they at times stopped and walked again continuing their tete a tete which of course he was utterly out of about sirens enemies of man s reason mingled with a number of other topics of the same category usurpers historical cases of the kind while the man in the sweeper car or you might as well call it in the sleeper car who in any case couldn t possibly hear because they were too far simply sat in his seat near the end of Lower Gardiner Street and looked after their lowbacked carThey re all uite drunk and rambling and shagged out so this chapter is written in a DELIBERATELY BORING way you can tell can t you I mean what author does that I mean fuck thatCHAPTER SEVENTEENWhat parallel courses did Bloom and Stephen follow returningWhereBloom is taking Stephen back to his house to crash because Stephen doesn t want to go back to his own gaff because he s hacked off with his mate This chapter is written in uestion and answer fashion and is supposed to reveal the secrets of the universe or I don t know something along those lines By now who caresCHAPTER EIGHTEENYes because he never did a thing like that before as ask to get his breakfast in bed with a couple of eggsyes and his heart was going like mad and yes I said yes I will YesI had to cheat here as the last NINETY PAGE chapter doesn t have any punctuation in it way to go JJ Anyways this is pure milf of consciousness as Molly Bloom of the ample proportions takes it away If you can groove on it it s not too bad but 90 pages is pushing itThere you are Now you can say I haven t read Ulysses but I have read the first and the last sentences of every chapter Watch how this impresses your friends Or perhaps makes them think you re slightly unhinged

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Gain an understanding of it which without help it might have take several readings to achieve The New Bloomsday Book is a crystal clear page by page line by line running commentary on. I will forever be grateful to Harry Blamires for writing this book I would not have finished reading James Joyce s masterpiece Ulysses if not for this Ulysses is that type of book that for most people is insurmountable they hear that it is good they buy it they try to read a few pages they drop it but they display it on their shelves like a trophy but never to read again For an ordinary ie no in depth formal training on literature readers like me I think the only way for this not to happen is to have this Blamires guide bookBlamires wrote a caveat in his introduction it would be foolish to pretend that my view of Ulysses is exactly the same as the next man s This cannot be overstated James Joyce is a genius that he wrote a book to puzzle generations Doris Lessing in her introduction to her eually brilliant although not as complex as Ulysses The Golden Notebook said that the interpretations a reader could give to a novel the better it is It was short of detesting that fictions that cannot be read another way were mediocre But I believed her and that statement was what I brought and kept in mind while reading UlyssesI also noticed that Blamires put Homer s characters as chapter titles in his book Maybe this did not originate from him but it helped me appreciate Ulysses It gave better structure to it and Blamires even introduced the chapter by giving the Homeric parallelisms I am still to read Homer s works These books Ulysses and this guide made me interested on Homer so I have now put his two works among my to be read books this year Will it help to read Homer s Odyssey first before tackling Ulysses my answer is no but it will help The reason for the no is if you are to use this Blamires book everything will be explained to you Also Joyce also made heavy references to Shakespeare s works such as Hamlet Macbeth As You Like It etc his other own works such as A Portait of the Artist as a Young Man and some of his short stories in Dubliners Chaucer s tales in Canterbury such as The Wife of Bath and The Prioress Tale and of course the Holy Bible So if you want to read Ulysses and you have to read all of these first it will take you forever to be fully preparedThank God there was Blamires Thank God there was my brother who recommended this book to me

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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 tim. For a first reading of Ulysses attempting to read it xx years ago doesn t count this has been an absolutely irreplaceable guide and I can t recommend it highly enough Blamires despite his own philosophical world view see his bibliography is a tremendously intelligent guy to judge by reading this book and a fine Joycean scholar Yet the book does not read like scholarship but is rather like following an experienced guide on a relatively brief tour through a foreign city


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