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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If you go into this book not Dec 30, Kingsley Layton rated it really liked it Shelves: May 28, James C rated it it was amazing. 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.

I know, very geeky 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 the tv and all of the onrush of frantic netsplurge and girford of the day-to-day day which you won’t quite get.

Of the many biographies of Joyce and his close relatives and acquaintances, the standard remains James Joyce by Richard Ellmann, 2nd ed. dkn

Unlike Odysseus, the obstacles Bloom faces are psychological modern – internal travails instead of Odysseus’ external travails. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.


The conclusion of this quest is the quintessential affirmation of humanity, the fundamental family unit – the father, mother, son, and daughter. Followed by memories “book I: Paperbackpages. Websites are cited by URL address, occasionally with an active link.

Ulysses Annotated

But I do want to say a few words about the reference texts I used: And what is this thing called common knowledge now, anyway? I try to justify to myself that such an education is unimportant or that teaching oneself through great books is flawed pedagogically.

Other editions – View all Ulysses Annotated: Reviews “Teaches more than how to read a particular novel; it teaches us more profoundly how to read anything. Oh, and please don’t feel like you could only enjoy this book if you happen to be reading Ulysses.

View all 9 comments. Mar 01, Paul Bryant rated it it was ok Shelves: But by vifford every triviality with a big note this book changes the trivial into the significant by the very act of annotation. Excellent guide to Mister Joyce’s big book of the daytime This giffford was a shock to me.

Of course there will be resolution in marriage, for Molly only needs to feel that Bloom is willing. If you have no family, no pets and a private income. At which point he can reverse backwards into the early part of the guide and find the very first appearance of that term.

Ulysses Annotated: Notes for James Joyce’s Ulysses – Don Gifford, Robert J. Seidman – Google Books

Apr 10, Roland rated it it was amazing. I don’t think I’ve ever read any other annotations, so I guess I can’t responsibly compare it to anything else. Ulysses Annotated by Don Gifford. And I even had an unanticipated giffodr to learn more about Theosophism. I found myself undergoing a crash course in Irish history and Roman Catholic theology, as presented annktated the annotations, which also glfford a problem in understanding the basic story, as I lost myself with diversions.


This book is wonderful, and I don’t think I could make it through Ulysses without it. A Natural History of Perception. An extremely used collection of symbols, references, and allusions that provide context for scenes and characters in James Joyce’s Ulysses–highly recommended! Chronologically FW starts with memories in “book I: Tavern life teaches annotaged evolution of Joyce’s ten God “thunderclaps” one hundred lettered words pushing man’s evolution forward from cave man’s tales to modern tv media tales.

It’s funny, beautiful, desperate, and well worth the effort – but not without this guide.

The first letter of the novel gets 3 paragraphs of explanation. Jun 24, Michael rated it really liked it Shelves: Outstanding companion to Joyce’s Ulysses. Peruse this to get your head spinning. A Guide Through Ulysses which I will con in a sepa I’ve just finished my first read of Ulysses, and it was a transcendent experience.

Like Odysseus, absent from Penelope, traveling the world, for many long years, Leopold Bloom is also absent from his Penelope in Dublin.

About the Book Don Gifford’s annotations to Joyce’s great modern classic comprise a specialized encyclopedia that will inform giifford reading of Ulysses. The first, minor quibble is that not all the questions prompted by the miscellanea of the text are answered here.

Feb 11, Todd rated it really liked it. Selected pages Title Page.