Ulysses and Us : The Art of Everyday Life in Joyce's Masterpiece
Declan Kiberd, a professor of Anglo-Irish literature at the University College Dublin, offers an audacious new take on Joyce's classic novel. Ulysses, he argues, is a work written for and about the common person, offering a humane vision of a more tolerant and decent life in the modern world. In this passionate corrective to the widespread view of Ulysses as an esoteric tome for the scholarly few, Kiberd dispells the aura of academic mystique that has attached itself to the novel, opening our eyes to Ulysses as a celebration of the everyday and a model for living well in an unpredictable world.
- Paperback | 416 pages
- 140 x 211 x 25mm | 336g
- 22 Nov 2010
- WW Norton & Co
- New York, United States
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"A feast. This book will reach and move many ordinary and extraordinary readers."-Edna O'Brien "The most exciting book I know on the most exciting novel ever written. Declan Kiberd's brilliantly informed and highly entertaining advocacy liberates Joyce's greatest book from the dungeon of unreadable masterpieces and restores it to being what its maker intended: a treasury of joys, a guide to enlightened living. Ulysses, finally, is a book about a friendship between a sometimes difficult young genius and a man made wise by life. No novel ever had a more understanding friend than Declan Kiberd."-Joseph O'Connor, author of Redemption Falls and Star of the Sea
"Kiberd's book-lucid, learned, free of jargon and pretension-can make for a wonderful companion along the journey through Joyce's wondrous epic." -- Sudip Bose - American Scholar "[Kiberd is] one of our liveliest and most iconoclastic intellectuals. . . . Whether or not Ulysses is an example of wisdom literature, Ulysses and Us certainly is." -- John Banville - Irish Independent
About Declan Kiberd
Declan Kiberd is a professor of Anglo-Irish literature at the University College Dublin and the author of Inventing Ireland: The Literature of the Modern Nation, which won the Irish Times Prize, and of Ulysses and Us: The Art of Everyday Life in Joyce's Masterpiece. He lives in Dublin.