The amount of information is just at the border of overwhelming. After better equipping myself for the reread, I only found more supplemental reading I have yet to take in. The largest portion of that is more Shakespeare. A growing concern, but not an immediate one, of mine is my dependence on Gifford. I seemed to lean on it just as heavily as I did that first time through. I feel this is just a testament to the dedication of this great Ulysses scholar.
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The amount of information is just at the border of overwhelming. After better equipping myself for the reread, I only found more supplemental reading I have yet to take in. The largest portion of that is more Shakespeare. A growing concern, but not an immediate one, of mine is my dependence on Gifford.
I seemed to lean on it just as heavily as I did that first time through. I feel this is just a testament to the dedication of this great Ulysses scholar. How can one not wish to benefit from a work which could be compiled only by someone who is that passionate about this novel? The preface advises that this reference is to be kept open and to be read alongside the novel. That might sound like a bit much, but one finds out quickly that this is an indispensable companion January 1, J.
Very usable, an encyclopedic approach to the arcana of Ulysses. An important facet of this volume is that it is not a summary, nor is it a condensation or analysis of what happens in the novel. This book is all about translating the Latin, the Greek, the Dublinisms, the limericks, the popular song and riddle and the millions of strange little phrases and wo Very usable, an encyclopedic approach to the arcana of Ulysses.
This book is all about translating the Latin, the Greek, the Dublinisms, the limericks, the popular song and riddle and the millions of strange little phrases and words with which Joyce loves to baffle the reader. Only two quibbles here.
The first, minor quibble is that not all the questions prompted by the miscellanea of the text are answered here. When something peculiar is mentioned once, even briefly, Mr. After which, each and every mention thereof is re-directed backwards in this fat volume to that first mention with a very annoying "See pp. So perhaps Mr Gifford can picture the reader, utilizing his Annotated guide, coming across a reference to, say, "red tape", late in the book. Perhaps being some tens of thousands of words away from its first occurrence, he will be forgiven for forgetting the meaning, and permitted to check the guide.
So he saves his place in Ulysses, puts aside that volume and picks up the Annotated guide. After finding his current position correlated by Mr Gifford, he is relieved to find that the expression is indeed noted at that mark. But he will find that if what he wants-- and he does-- is to find out what meaning "red tape" may have, he is to be re-directed by the helpful Mr Gifford by the entry that reads "Red Tape, see pp.
At which point he can reverse backwards into the early part of the guide and find the very first appearance of that term. Once he is reminded of the meaning of the term, he may put down the Annotated and go back to where he left his bookmark in Ulysses.
I would suggest that the novel itself is enough labyrinthine red tape to be navigating, and that a brief re-statement of terms, a reminder at the point where it occurs in the current chapter --would best serve the reader engaged in this endeavor. The admittedly unfair reason I give it only three stars is because of my dislike for having to read two heavy, bulky books at once.
I loved the introduction to the annotations with the thoughtful suggestions on how to manage the task of simultaneous reading and the concise, engaging summary of events in Irish history that surround the day Ulysses takes place. I had never read a thing before about anti-semitism in Ireland and appreciated the valuable glimpse into its origins, as well as the key players in the struggle for Home Rule.
January 1, hypothermya This supplementary book of annotation and background info is indispensable if you are giving Ulysses a go. Including the background and plan for each section for example, Joyce has a character from the Odyssey, a set of colors, an organ, a theme, a time of day, etc.
However, it enriches the text tenfold and is well worth investing in. January 1, Thomas Indispensable for a close reading of Ulysses; a hindrance for its enjoyment. January 1, Geoff Essential to anyone who cares about this book. Ulysses has been creeping back into my life in weird ways recently. Perhaps an epic rereading in the near future?? January 1, Ambreen Adding this to my read list with no rating so the app will stop recommending I read it.
Covers just about everything and even indicates the Gabler changes. My review here. January 1, Will Mego This book provides amazing support for the reader esp. Very highly recommended. This Herculean work must have taken years and years of research, but thank God for it! January 1, Roland This book was a shock to me. I never would have guessed that just reading the annotations without the source text would make good reading, but that is certainly the case here.
You do not by any means need this book to enjoy Ulysses, but it does give remarkable insight into the mind behind it. January 1, Doubting the breadth and scope of Ulysses? Peruse this to get your head spinning. Joyce loved Dublin and Ireland and though the book was written on the European continent - he wanted to memorialize his birth home Ireland. The conclusion of this quest is the quintessential affirmation of humanity, the fundamental family unit - the father, mother, son, and daughter.
Like Odysseus, absent from Penelope, traveling the world, for many long years, Leopold Bloom is also absent from his Penelope in Dublin. For Odysseus: insight, understanding, enlightenment, and all importantly direction come to Odysseus in his journey to the ancient Greek Underworld. Joyce equanimously gives both Molly and Bloom extramarital sexual infidelities - infidelities known by each of the other as early as the Calypso chapter Bloom was conscious of what was to come.
Of course there will be resolution in marriage, for Molly only needs to feel that Bloom is willing. As we read, Bloom has undergone the travails of his own mind and has emerged Victorious.
He has succeeded in his psycho-sexual existential quest. Molly "I saw he understood or felt what a woman is and I knew I could always get round him END ". Inside the tavern man learns of the purely human animal fall, taken down by another human s - like animal taken down on the African savanna. Patrick by Augustine, the manufactured clerical corruption identified by Luther since AD and the burdens of "survival of the fittest" anxiety modern commerce met with a Dzogchen Buddhist stance.
It is simply notes - incredibly detailed, exhaustingly detailed notes. The first letter of the novel gets 3 paragraphs of explanation. If Joyce mentions the name of a real person, we get a note about who that was; when Joyce mentions someone who may not be real, we get a note about that person may not be real. But, it also gave more than enough clarification of the dense parts of Ulysses to make following along worthwhile.
January 1, Banbury This annotation is more for an archeological preservation of Ulysses references than for literary enlightenment. Many most? It is frustrating to look up a reference note that refers the reader to a previous note and more shuffling of pages that really does not give any information of importance, but just further interrupts reading flow. As a This annotation is more for an archeological preservation of Ulysses references than for literary enlightenment.
As a resource for future graduate students writing a thesis on the relic Ulysses, it will be invaluable. January 1, Bryce Doty Exhaustive annotated set of references. I picked this up on my second attempt to get through Ulysses. I had a ton of fun with this one. January 1, Zach Mazlish Also a super helpful guide, and an immensely impressive work of scholarship. What is amazing is how rich this supplement is while still doing very little in the way of actual meaning-making.
A testament to Joyce, but great work by Gifford.
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