James Joyce: Ulysses
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The revised edition
follows the complete and unabridged text of Ulysses as corrected and
reset in 1961. Like the first American edition of 1934, it also contains
the original foreword by the author and the historic court ruling by
Judge John M. Woolsey to remove the federal ban on the book. It also
contains page references to the 1934 edition, which are indicated in the
margins.In the past, Ulysses has been labeled dirty,
blasphemous, and even unreadable. None of these adjectives, however, do
the slightest justice to the novel. To this day it remains the modernist
masterpiece, in which the author takes both Celtic lyricism and
vulgarity to splendid extremes. It is funny, sorrowful, and even (in a
close-focus sort of way) suspenseful. And despite the exegetical
industry that has sprung up in the last 75 years, Ulysses is also a
compulsively readable book.William Blake saw the universe in a
grain of sand. Joyce saw it in Dublin, Ireland, on June 16, 1904, a day
distinguished by its utter normality. Two characters, Stephen Dedalus
and Leopold Bloom, go about their separate business, crossing paths with
a gallery of indelible Dubliners. We watch them teach, eat, stroll the
streets, argue, and (in Bloom’s case) masturbate. And thanks to the
book’s stream-of-consciousness technique–which suggests no mere stream
but an impossibly deep, swift-running river–we’re privy to their
thoughts, emotions, and memories. The result? Almost every variety of
human experience is crammed into the accordian folds of a single day,
which makes Ulysses not just an experimental work but the very last word
in realism.

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