Odysseus

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Manuskriptet som bildade Odysseus levererades i etapper och en del av det som funnits har försvunnit. Den legendariska första upplagan om 1000 exemplar hos Shakespeare& amp; Co i Paris 1922 innehåller flera hundra tryckfel och andra misstag. Långtifrån alla blev rättade i senare upplagor, och många nya kom till.

Mästerverket utkom på svenska första gången 1946, översatt av den då unge Thomas Warburton. Denna utgåva är en reviderad översättning av samme Warburton där han tagit hänsyn till de senaste rönen inom Joyce-forskningen. Allt som allt omfattar denna nyöversättning minst 4000 ändringar.
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Published April 23rd 1999 by Månpocket (first published February 2nd 1922
Original Title of the Book
Ulysses
Number of Pages
749

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People will often call the novel difficult and challenging but that 's a reading I just can not abide by.

I do n't find Ulysses to be a particularly difficult novel to read.

Ulysses is an Irish novel written by an Irish man for Irish people.

Joyce steeped the whole thing in such Irishness that many of the dialec, the turnin of phrase, the references, and the places make little sense to non-Irish people.

The non-Irish in turn have to purchase massive annotated editions and reference guides in order to slowly trudge their way through the pages that Irish people would n't even have to pause on.

It 's from these non-Irish that we always hear that Ulysses is the most difficult novel.So if you are n't Irish and you tried to conquer Ulysses and you could n't, do n't feel ad, the book was n't written for you.

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Well, at least, I tried to focus on one particular recurring theme as I read in order to try and bring the thing together in my own imagination.

But after a while the ideas started to contradict each other and fade out of the narrative only to randomly pop up again and vanish.Here ’ s three quotes I pulled out from the beginning though: “ Old England is dying……. ” “ And what is death she asked….. ” “ In a dream she had come to him after death….. ” Death, and its shadow, seemed to haunt the early part of the writing.

The old structures of civilisation are dying, the world is changing, art is changing, thought is changing and perhaps this is what Ulysses represents in some sense.

I focused so much on death that when it left the narrative I did not know what else to look for or why I was reading it or where the story was going.

This autobiography is not sur that fits into a nice little box or one that can be summed up accurately: it simply is a thing that is.

I had no idea where I was exactly, somewhere between pages 300- 500 I guessed rather inaccurately, so I had to try and back track.

Not lost as engrossed, but lost in the ense that I had no idea where the hell I was in this labyrinth of writing and that ’ s before I lost my page.

Ulysses is a nove that washes over you; it ’ s the kin of ook that you can spend reading for a few ours and then barely remember what you have read.

It requires a reader who can pay attention to a nove that has a wavering plot, likes to wonder all over the place, and then return randomly to characters that have disappeared for a ong period of time.

Perhaps I will see to the heart of the atter and hate/love Joyce even more for this, for this hing.

As a random aside, I feel sorry for whatever kooky old professor in Fahrenheit 451 drew the bad straw and had to remember this book.

I had to start the book again three times, and I found myself agonising over sections of inane and irrelevant bollocks.

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Each chapter is rated out of ten for difficulty, obscenity, general mindblowing brilliance and beauty of language.Note: if you 're after my short course bluffer 's guide to ulysses, here it is: http: //www.goodreads.com/review/show/ ... But now ...

Difficulty: 0 Obscenity: 0 General mindblowing brilliance: 8 Beauty of language: 7 Stephen the morose ex-student is n't enjoying life.

Difficulty: 0 General mindblowing brilliance: 8 Obscenity: 0 Beauty of language: 7 Stephen is teaching history.

3. Proteus Difficulty: 9 General mindblowing brilliance: 10 Obscenity: 2 ( there 's some nosepicking and urination) Beauty of language: 10 Now we get emo Steve trudging along the beach on his ay to get a few pints down him, and now the Stream of the Consciousness starts up and gushes and torrents all over the place.

Difficulty: 5 ( now we are getting used to the S of C and Bloom 's S is so much simple than Stephen 's S- although also a great deal less lovely) General mindblowing brilliance: 5 Obscenity: 8 Beauty of language: 3 We jump back to breakfast time and enter the ouse and mind of Leopold Bloom who 's rustling up some breakfast for himself and his dear lady wife.

As we are moseying along in Bloom 's brain, accompanying him on his rip to the butchers, suddenly out of nowhere we get the c word- and it really is n't anything but a train of thought.

Now they do it all the time- what was the first oilet scene in a movie?

You could write a list of 20 great toilet scenes.

( Contributions welcome.) It must be said that Bloom 's mind is cram-ful of bits and bobs about his own life which are never explained, you just have to pick them up and piece them together if you can be arsed.

But for instance Bloom is trying very hard not to think that Molly will be meeting Blazes Boylan in the morning and will probably be going to bed with him.

Oh, since you asked, I just went to my own toilet for the very same Bloomesque purposes- but not being Joyce, I 'm not going to tell you anything further.

Difficulty: 4 Obscenity: 4 ( see below) General mindblowing brilliance: 2 Beauty of language: 2 There 's a couple of tedious chapters of Ulysses, it must be confessed ( aside from the chapter that 's deliberately boring!) and this is one.

Bloom is off on his rambling day, meets a couple of coves, visits a chemist and then a public bath ( this was before the ays of houses having bathrooms!

We get a lot of this ind of thing- ( Bloom is at the chemists): Living all the day among herbs, ointments, disinfectants.

The obscenity in this chapter is here: Time to get a bath round the corner.

Bloom pleasures himself but you must say it 's rather delicately put, no?

Difficulty: 3 Obscenity: 2* General mindblowing brilliance: 2 Beauty of language: 3 Another chapter I 'm not a fan of because we 're stuck mostly inside the brain of Bloom who 's full of Readers Digest tips and quips and boring " I wonder if " and Molly this and Milly that.

The Homeric parallels: yes, well, he goes to a funeral and thinks about death and rotting and such, so that 's Hades.

I think I 'm coming down with the apoplexy so I am! " Even the tedious chapters, of which this is one, have to be read word by word, line by line.

* the only trace of rudeness I could find in hades was this- Bloom is thinking about precisely when his son ( deceased) was conceived: " Must have been that morning in Raymond terrace she was at the window watching the two dogs at it by the wall ...

This is one of the two available hardbacks of Ulysses and it comes wreathed with introductions, blurbs and reprints of judicial decisions all of which are entirely to do with the alleged obscenity of the bestselling.

Difficulty: 5 Obscenity: 0 General mindblowing brilliance: 2 Beauty of language: 3 Oh dear- do I actually like this damned masterpiece at all?

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I have read Ulysses at least three or four times ( and once with Gilbert Stuart 's authorised translation) and always found unsounded depths that I had not suspected.

If you put forward one personal challenge for a great summer read, make it Ulysses! I was recently in Dublin and spent a good 30 cold minutes with a strong wind on the turret where Buck Mulligan has his shave in Chapter 1- amazing!

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Yes, Ulysses is a radical departure from the traditional novels of the past.

Joyce brilliantly married modern literature to classical literature in the pages of Ulysses.Am I gushing?

I doubt that few people understand and comprehend Ulysses, and that 's exactly what James Joyce wanted.

I believe this final chapter, Molly Bloom 's Soliloquy to be the single greatest piece of writing I have ever encountered.

Leah 's soliloquy ties all of Ulysses together.

Not everyone will agree with my conclusions, and perhaps Joyce has played a cosmic joke on me well.Molly 's Soliloquy is a piece of writing that I will revisit as a stand alone piece of writing many times.

In the nd, it is actually Molly 's voice that is the most powerful in the pages of Ulysses.

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