Here substantially revised and expanded, Don Gifford’s annotations to Joyce’s great comprise a specialized encyclopedia that will inform any reading of Ulysses. Don Gifford’s annotations to Joyce’s great modern classic comprise a specialized encyclopedia that will inform any reading of Ulysses. Title, “Ulysses” Annotated: Notes for James Joyce’s “Ulysses”. Author, Don Gifford . Edition, 2. Publisher, University of California P. Length, pages.
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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Ulysses Annotated by Don Gifford. Ulysses Annotated by Don Gifford. Here substantially revised and expanded, Don Gifford’s annotations to Joyce’s great modern classic comprise a specialized encyclopedia that will inform any reading of Ulysses. Annotations in this edition are keyed both to the reading text of the new critical edition of Ulysses published in and to the standard Random House edition and the current Modern Library an Here substantially revised and expanded, Don Gifford’s annotations to Joyce’s great modern classic comprise a specialized encyclopedia that will inform any reading of Ulysses.
Annotations in this edition are keyed both to the reading text of the new critical edition of Ulysses published in and to the standard Random House edition and the current Modern Library and Vintage texts.
Gifford has incorporated over 1, additions and corrections to the first edition. The introduction and headnotes to sections provide general geographical, biographical and historical background. The annotations gloss place names, define slang terms, give capsule histories of institutions and political and cultural movements and figures, supply bits of local and Irish legend and lore, explain religious nomenclature and practices, trace literary allusions and references to other cultures.
The suggestive potential of minor details was enormously fascinating to Joyce, and the precision of his use of detail is a most important aspect of his literary method. The annotations in this volume illuminate details which are not in the public realm for most of us. Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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I’d like to get it but I’m not sure if tifford fonts are big enough to read comfortably, as the book has only pages, which I find odd. Mara Well, I wouldn’t consider this a book to “read comfortably.
Sitting down to read this …more Well, I wouldn’t consider this a book to “read comfortably. Sitting down to read this would be pretty exhausting, but it’s definitely a must-have if you klysses understand Joyce’s masterwork better!
See 1 question about Ulysses Annotated…. Lists with This Book. Jul 14, Kris rated it really liked it Shelves: I’ve just finished my first read of Ulysses, and it was a transcendent experience. I took two months, took my time, looked forward to my weekly sometimes biweekly visits in Joyce’s Dublin. I am not yet ready to write a review of Ulysses – I want to let the experience wash over me a bit longer before I try to capture it in words.
But I do want to say a few words about the reference texts I used: A Guide Through Ulysses which I will discuss in a sepa I’ve just finished my first read of Ulysses, and it was a transcendent experience. A Guide Through Ulysses which I will discuss in a separate review. Gifford’s Ulysses Annotated is a breathtakingly comprehensive, encyclopedic approach to referencing Ulysses, often word by word and line by line.
Gifford covers historical, mythological, and religious references and context; discusses cultural movements in Ireland; provides definitions for slang and lyrics from popular songs; and even combs through directories, maps, and other archival records to explain when Joyce was drawing directly from actual people, places, and events in Dublin. As a historian, I loved having access to this volume as I was reading Ulysses.
It helped me to resurrect my knowledge of Irish history. I had fun brushing up on earlyth-century Irish annotatex you never know when it could come in handy. And I even had an unanticipated opportunity to learn more about Theosophism. That being said, I was wary of having Gifford’s exhaustive research displace my attention from Joyce’s incandescent, humorous, exuberant use of language.
To avoid this, I did not read the annotations side by side Ulysses’s text. Instead, I would read an episode of Ulysses, sometimes re-read it, and then page through the relevant annotations for that episode.
The process was reminiscent of reading encyclopedias, or paging happily through the OED. I know, very geeky So, if you are a first-time reader, I don’t think you should feel it necessary to read Gifford too. You will understand and appreciate Ulysses more on your own terms, with some guidance from The New Bloomsday Book: A Guide Through Ulysses. If you need to understand the significance of every word you read, try to let go of that when you read Ulysses, and annotateed the language wash over you.
If you are about to re-read Ulysses, or if you share my love of historical references and context, then I recommend Gifford very highly – just don’t let ulysaes perusal of ulysse direct your attention away from what is really important – Joyce’s writing itself. View all 46 comments.
Mar 01, Paul Bryant rated it it was ok Shelves: This book is bulkier than Ulysses itself and I didn’t like it one bit. I think the authors knew I wouldn’t.
In their preface they say The notes may appear to labor an abundance of the obvious in order to render a few grains of the subtle and suggestive And This book is designed to be laid open beside the novel and to be read in tandem with it. Tandem reading, ulyssex, has its disadvantages.
Especially when the front rider on the tandem is pedalling manically into the dangerous transcendent This book is bulkier than Ulysses itself and I didn’t like it one bit. Especially when the front rider on the tandem is pedalling manically into the ulyssees transcendent extreme edge of language itself and the back rider is steering towards a bricabrac shop he just spotted.
They suggest a plan: Skim a sequence of notes, then read the annotated sequence in the novel with interruptions for consideration of those notes that seem crucial, then follow with an uninterrupted reading. Yes, I think that’s the best way. If you have no family, no pets and a private income. The annotators are crushingly aware that they are actually wrecking a major part of JJ’s work, which was to show the significance of the trivial Bloom finally meets Stephen, but they ulyysses and don’t become friends, that’s it, no big drama folks, nothing to see.
But by hammering every triviality with a big note this book changes the trivial into the significant by the very act of annotation. But still, it’s a useful book since it tries to explain everything in Ulysses which is no longer common knowledge.
annktated And what is this thing called common knowledge now, anyway? I was speaking with an elderly female relative the other day no names please and in the conversation it became clear that she’d never in her long life heard of the idea that there might have been a conspiracy to kill President Kennedy.
Meanwhile I work in an office with a bunch of kids just out of university and I’d bet a crisp tenner that half of them wouldn’t know who JFK was. So that means that almost everything in Ulysses isn’t common knowledge anymore. But my main objection to this probably inevitable and essential book, why I don’t like it at all, is that it gives you, the reader of Ulysses at least I hope you are the idea that you ought to understand every bit of Ulysses, every damned reference to bits of Italian opera and Irish slang and Fenian history xon the Latin mass and how much a Dublin hooker paid in rent and so on and so forth and really — big breath — you don’t need to, you just don’t, at all.
JJ shoves all that glorious detail in as the woof and weft and particoloured pantaloons of his gartersnappingly real picture of dear dirty Dublin, so, you know, just breathe it all in, and as in your own real life, accept that there are about a thousand bits and bobs of conversations and half heard remarks and things that go by too quick on girford tv and all of the onrush of giffprd netsplurge and soundblurt of the day-to-day day which you giffford quite get.
And that’s how it is. But this book thinks you can get everything. View all 6 comments. Dec 05, Manny marked it as to-read. Another ulyssex message from Goodreads: Based on your Mentions Twilight shelfa few recommendations: Twilight giford, take note! Feb 11, Todd rated it really liked it. 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 Ulyssespossibly 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 f I remember so much more of Ulysses Annotated than I do annnotated 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 Ulyssespossibly because I was distracted the whole time by the gifforr. 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 gitford characteristics that fascinated me as a young woman.
Okay, maybe I don’t remember this stuff as well as I thought.
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. 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!
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Good source for trivia questions, and makes you look literate. Jul 18, Glen Engel-Cox rated it liked it Shelves: 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.