Ulysses Annotated: Notes for James Joyces Ulysses

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Provides compact explanations of myriad objects, songs, poems, and references made in Ulysses. Also provides basic summary of the reference episodes in the Ulysses Annotated : Revised and Expanded Edition. Don Gifford , Robert J.

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View 1 comment. Aug 16, Jessica rated it really liked it. I remember so much more of Ulysses Annotated than I do of Ulysses that it's actually ridiculous not that this is saying much, since I have a serious case of book amnesia when it comes to Ulysses , possibly because I was distracted the whole time by the annotations. For example: "French letter" was Irish slang at the time for condoms. I think. A "pard" -- contrary to my then-dictionary's definition, which had it as an abbreviated f I remember so much more of Ulysses Annotated than I do of Ulysses that it's actually ridiculous not that this is saying much, since I have a serious case of book amnesia when it comes to Ulysses , possibly because I was distracted the whole time by the annotations.

A "pard" -- contrary to my then-dictionary's definition, which had it as an abbreviated form of leopard -- is a mythical, fabulously colored animal of medieval lore, further details of which escape me but which had some delightful characteristics that fascinated me as a young woman. Um, yeah Okay, maybe I don't remember this stuff as well as I thought. But still: pretty much everything I ever knew about Parnell, Oliver Cromwell, the Strait of Gibraltar, and the Catholic Church was thanks to this book; everything I ever learned for a reasonable price about Classicism also came from this book.

I really enjoyed it. Maybe it's not so essential anymore, now that we've got Wikipedia, but in those old-timey days it really was necessary.

Ulysses Annotated Notes for James Joyce's Ulysses by Don Gifford with Robert J. Seidman

You can probably get a Ulysses Annotated application for your iphone by now. This book is likely obsolete in the form that I knew it, which is maybe good because as noted on here by other reviewers, flipping back and forth between these two big motherfuckers did get pretty annoying. Anyway, I haven't read this in a long time, but I still do recommend it. I don't think I've ever read any other annotations, so I guess I can't responsibly compare it to anything else. This is one of the few books I borrowed and then bought for myself later on, because I just wanted to own it forever, just in case.

I'm not a huge book buyer, so that's significant praise. Oh, and please don't feel like you could only enjoy this book if you happen to be reading Ulysses.

I'm sure there is something here for everyone, so don't let that deter you. You can leave it in the bathroom or car, to flip through at dull moments! Good source for trivia questions, and makes you look literate. Jul 18, Glen Engel-Cox rated it liked it Shelves: non-fiction , writing.

When I start to feel this way, I create elaborate scenarios in which I pull myself up by the bookstraps. The modification of the phrase is intentional because my self-help regime is nearly always predicated on going back to the basics and reading all those great books that I never read in high school or my time as an undergraduate.

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Ulysses Annotated: Notes for James Joyce's Ulysses

I try to justify to myself that such an education is unimportant or that teaching oneself through great books is flawed pedagogically. I feel there is a reason for the canon, and that I am short-shrifting my development as a writer if I am unaware of these books. When Modern Library released their list of the great books of this century last year, I felt my guilt once again, for now I had a list of books for which I had never read past the cover.

I resolved to read them, realizing that I might not make it through the entire list, but might be able to get myself through at least the top ten, or, if failing that, at least the top one. I could at least start there, right? But therein lies the rub—the number one slot was held by that most modern of modernists, the man who made mainstream, that detailer of endless incunabula: James Joyce.

However, I did not feel very confident of my ability as a reader to comprehend this mountain of a novel, so I found a companion volume that had annotations, written by a university professor, of course. Then I had to wait for an opportunity to present itself to read the two books. I needed more than a simple weekend for this book. When I knew that I would be joining Jill for two-and-a-half weeks in Germany, including a lot of time to myself while she was working. Thus, the reading material to take was decided automatically. Even isolated, with the impetus of my own guilt, even with aid, this is not an easy novel to read.

SF and fantasy writers are often accused of being unimaginative when they create a world for one book, then continue to use this world for additional stories. Not only that, but the world is the very one in which he lived—Dublin at the turn of the century. But from these humble beginnings, Joyce had some major plans. The idea: describe one day in absolute detail, missing nothing. Within each section, change the writing style from the realism of Thomas Hardy and D. Lawrence to increasing experimental modernist techniques such as stream of consciousness , including diversions like a history of literature through writing styles, a section that tries to recreate music in prose, and a dream-like section that uses the format of a play to present a phantasmal sequence.

Basically, Joyce devised a novel in which he was able to throw in everything, including the kitchen sink and toilet. Initially I was lost, trying to follow Stephen Dedalus, trying to figure out where his story fit in with that of Leopold Bloom, whom I knew from commentary was the actual protagonist. I found myself undergoing a crash course in Irish history and Roman Catholic theology, as presented through the annotations, which also presented a problem in understanding the basic story, as I lost myself with diversions.

Then things started to settle down.

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Once Bloom entered the stage, I began to enjoy some of the story and its setting. The endless notations about whether so-and-so was actually a fishmonger at the corner of such-and-such street in the annotations I found less than useless, however for scholars, such information might prove necessary; for the casual reader, it is superfluous. This is not a book that will survive years, though, I feel—at least, not without the annotations—for it relies so much on things that are fading so quickly.

Whereas Shakespeare had the ability to put something in his plays for everyone, scholar and groundling, Joyce may have forgotten the little people. Am I glad to have read this book? Certainly, if only to be able to say that I have read it, and to understand when someone makes an allusion to it.

But it is a flawed masterpiece. View all 3 comments. May 02, Morgan rated it it was amazing Shelves: lit-crit-academia. This is one of the most useful guidebooks I've ever encountered. While at first I was overwhelmed by the sheer number of entries, I soon soon found myself reading the books side by side. There are more obvious entries that explain in detail literary or historical events and more obscure ones which really get into some of the more nuanced aspects of Joyce's book. There is no denying that Ulysses is difficult on its own, delving into the social and political context of turn-of-the-century Ireland This is one of the most useful guidebooks I've ever encountered.

There is no denying that Ulysses is difficult on its own, delving into the social and political context of turn-of-the-century Ireland can make it all the more opaque, especially as this landscape is aligned with the Greek tradition. These annotations, for me, made the book far more manageable. It did take me quite a long time to read with the guidebook but you can't half-ass Ulysses. If I hadn't read it with the annotations, I think I may have missed a good chunk of what makes this book so great. On of the things I liked the most about this book is its accessibility. I used it as an undergrad and I didn't find the entries to be bogged down by a ton of academic lexicon.

The book is difficult enough without the explanatory notes being impossible to get through. If you plan on reading Ulysses, spring for this as well.

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Mar 12, Matt rated it it was amazing Shelves: joycenalia , lit-crit , eire. Excellent guide to Mister Joyce's big book of the daytime Only quarrel is the page references are for an edition that isn't mine own, my beloved Vintage version, but ah whatever.

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It's not hard to look stuff up when you need to. By having it around, it enhances your reading experience of Ulysses and, by extension, your experience of readin Excellent guide to Mister Joyce's big book of the daytime By having it around, it enhances your reading experience of Ulysses and, by extension, your experience of reading.

View all 9 comments. Jan 12, Eric rated it it was amazing Shelves: criticism. The amount of information is just at the border of overwhelming. Mar 16, David rated it it was amazing. 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. At some point, I will have to cut the cord and go it alone, and I wonder at how I'll fare without such a valuable and trusty I started "Penelope" today on my second tour through Ulysses , so I thought I would add my newest thoughts on Gifford's annotations. At some point, I will have to cut the cord and go it alone, and I wonder at how I'll fare without such a valuable and trusty guide.

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 Gifford's obviously tireless work and dedication is organized and laid out clearly for all who want to take the plunge into Ulysses. Shelves: literary-criticism. Necessary companion to Ulysses, which is as big as Ulysses. You won't understand Ulysses without it. Jul 09, Nate rated it it was amazing. Aug 20, 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.

If you want something that explains, "here Bloom's question reveals more than he is saying and indicates 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. Personalized experience. Get started with a FREE account. It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter.

It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart, so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place. It pulls up the rotten roots, so that new roots hidden beneath have room to grow. Whatever sorrow shakes from your heart, far better things will take their place.