The New Bloomsday Book: A Guide Through Ulysses (Routledge International Studies in)
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Since 1966 readers new to James Joyce have depended upon this essential guide to Ulysses. Harry Blamires helps readers to negotiate their way through this formidable, remarkable novel and gain an understanding of it which, without help, it might have taken several readings to achieve.
The New Bloomsday Book is a crystal clear, page-by-page, line-by-line running commentary on the plot of Ulysses which illuminates symbolic themes and structures along the way. It is a highly accessible, indispensible guide for anyone reading Joyce's masterpiece for the first time.
To ensure that Blamires' classic work will remain useful to new readers, this third edition contains the page numbering and references to three commonly read editions of Ulysses: the Oxford University Press 'World Classics' (1993), the Penguin 'Twentieth-Century Classics' (1992), and the Gabler 'Corrected Text' (1986) editions.
daughter.) Images tumble after each other through Bloom’s mind—the seaside girls, the letter from Boylan stuffed under Molly’s pillow, Boylan’s jaunty, swaggering, selfassured air as, hands in pockets, he confidently sets foot in Bloom’s home as a ‘friend of the family’, Milly’s sexual awakening, Molly’s past… Bloom promises himself a trip to see Milly The cat mews. Nature calls him to the lavatory, and he finds an old number of Titbits to take with him. He goes through the garden, mentally
matters. Best supports him silently Thus challenged, Stephen reminds himself that Russell lent him a pound (he said a guinea on 239 154 240 (180) 155 241 242 64 The New Bloomsday Book 156 243 (182) 244 157 245 p. 26/37) when he was hard up; moreover, that he spent it on a whore (Georgina Johnson) instead of on the food it was given to buy Examining himself remorsefully, he admits that he has no intention of paying the money back yet, and Mr Deasy’s advice of this morning comes back
interpolation expands this exchange to the dimensions of a public meeting, at which Mr Joseph M’Carthy Hynes pleads eloquently for ‘resuscitation of the ancient Gaelic sports’ and is opposed by L.Bloom. Bloom’s case has a ‘mixed reception’ and the chairman concludes proceedings by singing ‘A nation once again’ by Thomas Osborne Davis. The subject of violence is pursued farther. The Keogh-Bennett fight is talked of, and the story that Blazes Boylan, its promoter and the ‘traitor’s son’ (cf. p.
man’; respite to Bloom after his violent departure from Barney Kiernan’s; respite to the reader from the inflated and disorderly stylistic excesses of that interlude. Here Joyce adopts a sentimental, woman’s magazinish style which, viewed as literary burlesque, is devastating. Yet the farcical, satirical strain does not wholly determine the temper of the passage; for the vulgar idiom of the novelette, when exploited to articulate a young, uneducated girl’s thoughts and dreams, becomes peculiarly
single gesture the bread and wine which Omar needs so many words to proclaim. (The notion of surrendering language is, of course, in tune with the movement back from rationality to animality in the Homeric basis.) We gather, by the way, that Stephen is making for the arms of Georgina Johnson (the whore on whom he spent the pound borrowed from A.E., p. 155/242). Lynch, returning the ashplant to Stephen, tells him to take his crutch and walk. The drunken navvy near by, lurching against a lamp,