There is no book like Ulysses, and no book about it quite like this one. Now completely revised to correspond to the definitive new Gabler edition, Hugh Kenner’s. Now completely revised to correspond to the definitive new Gabler edition, Hugh Kenner’s ULYSSES for the first time becomes widely available in the United. It is wonderful how Professor Kenner can keep on about Ulysses, always interesting and relevant and hardly repeating himself at all. His book.

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If you are interested in Joyce’s life and the fascinating story Ulysses ‘s publication, check these out:. One of the best books on Ulysses, from a master critic. The constantly interrupted text of Aeolus is mirrored by the gigantism interruptions, journalistic in style, which break up the text of Cyclops.

Books to have When shopping for your copy of Ulyssesyou will likely see many options online or in any kennwr.

Harveycmd rated it really liked it Jun 07, I mean, in addition to knner annotated version of Joyce’s, I recommend reading Kenner. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. All this should have been obvious since Ellmann published his great biography, in Nausicaa is clearly a two-part episode, the first hgh Gerty MacDowell sitting on the sand, the second featuring Leopold Bloom on the rocks at Sandymount Strand.

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Probably worth noting in passing that despite the cover description, this book is in no sense an “introduction,” and depends on thorough familiarity with the novel.

It’s still probably the best analysis of Ulysses that I’ve read. Even after several close readings of Ulysses with various commentaries, there were still some big surprises for me in this volume, simply on ukysses level of the book’s action, and for that alone the book is worth a read for serio Kenner’s focused and scintillating analysis of James Joyce’s Ulysses is primarily devoted to an extremely close reading of the text, reconstructing the events, and analyzing how the language and style function to create the impression and experience of the book’s universe.


I need to give references because some of my assertions are controversial, but Joyce deliberately made it difficult. He notes how the tableau of Mina Purefoy in labor at the lying-in hospital, even as the doctors carouse downstairs, picks up on the imagery of Penelope and the Suitors in The Odyssey. Yet Bloom is optimistic throughout the work – in regard to the possibility of another child, again Molly: I wish Kenner had spent more time – or any time, really – on the book’s meaning.

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Ulysses by Hugh Kenner

Hugh Kenner, you are my favorite literary critic ever! Also he remembers being unjustly beaten over breaking his glasses when he was a new boy at school; in a blurry way, he is reflecting about time.

He was the human interpreter I needed to appreciate the many devices conjured by “the arranger”.

Kenner notes that the narrator follows Stephen’s focus, providing specific details about “the fraying edge” on the “shiny black coat-sleeve,” but only the most generalized description of the sea as “a dull green mass of liquid. Joyce was 40 yrs old when Ulysses was published, it is a day in the life of a husband and father of Joyce’s age at publication. On the one hand, Kenner investigates the minutiae of Joyce’s writing.


Instead, he runs through Ulysses with a light touch, never spending ulyssse much time on any one section and getting through the entire book in a brisk pages. As we read, Bloom has undergone the travails of ulysse own mind and has emerged Victorious. He is thus merely a windbag. The brief description here is as vivid as it is beautiful. Kenner makes many shrewd observations about Ulysses throughout his book that I hadn’t noticed previously.

This proves that whenever he claims to see anything he is only remembering what he usually sees. He has succeeded in his psycho-sexual existential quest. But when you’re ready for your first re-read of the book, you could do far worse than bringing Hugh Kenner along for the ride. To ask other readers questions about Ulyssesplease sign up. Jun 17, Steve rated it it was amazing.

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Because Kenner tends to bounce between minutiae and big picture, without spending much time in the “middle distance” between, I don’t think this is enough to help someone get through the book.

Joyce loved Dublin and Ireland and though the book was written on the European continent – he wanted to memorialize his birth home Ireland. Kenner got me interested in Ezra Pound as well. The conclusion of this quest is the quintessential affirmation of humanity, the fundamental family unit – the father, mother, son, and daughter.