Monday, May 3, 2010

Ulysses by James Joyce

Ulysses is one of the most important work of Modernist literature, it has been called "a demonstration and summation of the entire movement".
Is a novel by the Irish author James Joyce. First serialized in parts in the American journal The Little Review, then published in its entirety by Sylvia Beach, in Paris.

This book is about the life of Leopold Bloom during an ordinary day in Dublin, exactly the 16th of June (in the real life is the day of Joyce's first date with his future wife, Nora Barnacle) and also is about Stephen Dedalus .It's based on the Odysseus of Homero and it consist of 18 chapters where the author designed a table of symbols and analogies with all of them. It's a parodic but tragedy story.
The title alludes to the hero of Homer's Odyssey, and establishes a series of parallels between characters and events in Homer's poem and Joyce's novel.

The first impression that you have of this book is that it's a little chaotic because Joyce use a different style to each chapter. The style he use the most is one which express the thought of the character without logic, like in our real thoughts. Joyce also put a lot of details and information in the novel that you only find if you pay a lot of attention because he was a very retailer writer and that's why he tooks seven years to write this novel.

If you search the critics of the people who have read this novel you will see that it's a difficult one, and also a little long but they say although that, everyone should read it.
Since publication, the book attracted controversy and scrutiny.Ulysses' stream-of-consciousness technique, careful structuring, and experimental prose—full of puns, parodies, and allusions, as well as its rich characterisations and broad humour, made the book a highly regarded novel in the Modernist pantheon. In 1999, the Modern Library ranked Ulysses first on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century.

By Andrea García and Elena Pérez.

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