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Ulysses by James Joyce. One of the most important books of the 20 century. The Ulysses of James Joyce is usually seen as one of the most important and complicated work in the modern novel sector even if not all the critic agree on including it on the novel sector. The reason of this debate is mainly related to the style used by the author. During the three main parts of the book (Telemachiad, Odyssey and The Nostos) thoughts of main characters keep on flowing without any rest. Most of the time the interior monologue of a character goes on for pages and pages in a kind of inspired chaos. When we analyze the main story it appears to be pretty simple: is the story of a group of people who (apparently) for a coincidence end up meeting each other in Dublin and end up changing each other lives. All the story is created on just a specific day. Is obviously clear that the main finality of his book wasn't to talk about something innovative, the truth is that this work was, for the author, just a prelude to what Joyce will consider as his best work: "Finnegans Wake." The fact that this work was the way, for Joys, to train himself for the next work strongly contributed to make it seems so hard to read and to understand at a deeper level. All the book is made and built as an experiment, a work without too many rules where the main aim is to find a way to let thoughts flow, following a free but somehow built river of words. At first the book was published on a magazine as an episodes novel; the first publication, anyway, will receive a strong stop with the thirteenth chapter when the magazine will be accused to publish obscenities due to the very particular target of this novel. The magazine, forced to defend itself and its reputation will stop from publish the novel . Meanwhile Joyce will finish to write last chapters and the book will finally be published in the 1922 (almost 2 years later). Even with all the critics and the problems arise during the first period of the publication nowadays this work is considered as a masterpiece and is studied as an example of complexity and often the knowledge of this book is seen as a sign of culture and intelligence due to its difficulty.
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  • Paperback | 422 pages
  • 178 x 254 x 22mm | 726g
  • Createspace
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1508661200
  • 9781508661207

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