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Ulysses

Ulysses

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Ulysses

by Joyce, James
Humanity laid bare in Dublin

There's a reason why Ulysses is considered difficult: it is. Yet pleasurably difficult. It is an attempt to unlock the mystery of consciousness and civilisation without necessarily revealing the secret. Over a period equaling roughly twenty-four hours we wander through the streets of Dublin accompanied by Stephen Dedalus and Leopold Bloom as they drink, dream, and experience the richness of life as it is lived on an ordinary day. If Ulysses has a message it is this: there is no such thing as an ordinary day. Using various writing techniques, including parody and stream of consciousness, Joyce asks us to peer beneath the surface and see the real truth about humanity in all its grubby, lusting, insecure, hypocritical glory. Each minute of each day is lived with private woes and private victories and each individual keeps it all locked up inside their brain, hidden away from their fellow travellers. No more. Joyce removes the necessity of plot and turns the novel into a work of psychological revelation, creating a piece of art which to this day continues to tower over the genre of fiction and indeed the whole 20th Century. Difficult and messy, but only in the sense that life is difficult and messy.

 
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This account of several lower class citizens of Dublin describes their activities and tells what some of them were thinking one day in 1904



  • Condition: Used - Good
    HPB condition ratings
    • New: Item is brand new, unused and unmarked, in flawless condition.
    • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
    • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
    • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
    • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
    • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
    Conditions Guide
  • Format: Paperback
  • Sold by: HPB Southpark Meadows
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Vintage Books
  • ISBN-13: 9780679722762
  • ISBN: 0679722769
  • Publication Year: 1990
  • Edition: Reissue



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HPB condition ratings
  • New: Item is brand new, unused and unmarked, in flawless condition.
  • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
  • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
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HPB condition ratings
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  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
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