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Reading Joyce ebook

by David Pierce


In this remarkable book, steeped in the learning gained from a lifetime's reading, David Pierce blends word . With David Pierce as a guide, the debt we owe to Joyce becomes clearer, and the need to flee is greatly reduced.

In this remarkable book, steeped in the learning gained from a lifetime's reading, David Pierce blends word, life and image to bring the works of one of the great modern writers within the reach of every reader. With a sharp eye for detail and an evident delight in the cadences of Joyce's work, Pierce proves a perfect companion, always careful and courteous, pausing to point out what might otherwise be missed.

Is there one who understands me?' So wrote James Joyce towards the end of his final work, Finnegans Wake. The question continues to be asked about the author who claimed that he had put so many enigmas into Ulysses that it would 'keep the professors busy for centuries' arguing over what he meant.

David Pierce has taught, read, and written about modern literature and Irish writing for more than thirty years. Yeats Critical Assessments 4 vols (Helm Information, 2000); Irish Writing in the Twentieth Century: A Reader (Cork University Press, 2001); Light, Freedom and Song: A Cultural History of Modern Irish Writing (Yale University Press, 2005); and Reading Joyce (Longman, 2008).

Joyce’s first book, the poems of Chamber Music, was published in London in 1907 and Dubliners, a book of stories, in 1914. Italy’s entrance into the First World War obliged Joyce to move to Zürich, where he remained until 1919. During this period he published A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916) and Exiles, a play (1918). This might be felt to be true of the plan, but not of the actual reading of any chapter of Ulysses, where the interest invariably centres on the ways in which the characters experience their own bodies.

Joyce is a remarkable book which not only manages to bring fresh angles and knowledge to Joyce studies, but also finds a new way of writing about the Irish author

Joyce is a remarkable book which not only manages to bring fresh angles and knowledge to Joyce studies, but also finds a new way of writing about the Irish author. By revisiting aspects of Dubliners, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Exiles, Ulysses, and Finnegans Wake which have become more familiar by now, Pierce succeeds in subtly theorizing how we should approach Joyce.

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David Pierce has been reading, teaching, writing and thinking about Joyce for more than thirty years. Reading Joyce is the culmination of that lifetime’s work, a combination of biography, literary companion and exegesis, pleasingly illustrated with many black and white photographs of places, people and things important to Joyce and his work. Pierce is a brilliant reader, adept at teasing out connections and associations that are as revealing as they are unexpected. I can think of no better companion for anyone embarking on a serious exploration of Joyce’s work’ wrote David Lodge

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`Is there one who understands me?'

So wrote James Joyce towards the end of his final work, Finnegans Wake. The question continues to be asked about the author who claimed that he had put so many enigmas into Ulysses that it would `keep the professors busy for centuries' arguing over what he meant. For Joyce this was a way of ensuring his immortality, but it could also be claimed that the professors have served to distance Joyce from his audience, turning his writings into museum pieces, pored over and admired, but rarely touched. In this remarkable book, steeped in the learning gained from a lifetime's reading, David Pierce blends word, life and image to bring the works of one of the great modern writers within the reach of every reader. With a sharp eye for detail and an evident delight in the cadences of Joyce's work, Pierce proves a perfect companion, always careful and courteous, pausing to point out what might otherwise be missed. Like the best of critics, his suggestive readings constantly encourage the reader back to Joyce's own words.

Beginning with Dubliners and closing with Finnegans Wake, Reading Joyce is full of insights that are original and illuminating, and Pierce succeeds in presenting Joyce as an author both more straightforward and infinitely more complex than we had perhaps imagined. T. S. Eliot wrote of Joyce's masterpiece, Ulysses, that it is `a book to which we are all indebted, and from which none of us can escape'. With David Pierce as a guide, the debt we owe to Joyce becomes clearer, and the need to flee is greatly reduced.

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Another book on James Joyce, but a necessary one. For David Pierce combines thirty years of teaching Joyce with forty years of reading him. He integrates essay passages from his students at the University of York, his experiences teaching adults in Spain, and reflections from his junior seminary stint in the pre-Vatican II Church. He shares what he has learned from his own mixed Irish Catholic and English Jewish heritage. He enriches his lessons with contextual visits to his relatives near the Cliffs of Moher in Co. Clare during the 1950s. And, as with his Irish literary history, Light, Freedom and Song: A Cultural History of Modern Irish Writing, and his magisterial anthology Irish Writing in the Twentieth Century (both reviewed by me), he encourages beginners (not only students themselves) who wonder what to read next, and how.

One situates Joyce in the city, in the photographs, in the maps, in the questions raised by Pierce and his students and fellow scholars. The patient elucidation of so many inquiries asked over and over the years, one senses, illuminates many cruxes in Joyce. Pierce accompanies the reader in guiding him or her into the metropolitan labyrinth.

Pierce's personal encounters model those of any reader coming to Joyce. "We might legitimately feel that whatever insights we possess deserve to be more than merely those that supplement or confirm the author's original intention or achievement." (8) While none can match Joyce's obsessive comprehensiveness, we can, Pierce offers, follow Joyce's intricate difficulties, not to find completion, but at least to rouse contention within texts that reward our patient inquiry.
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I bought David Pierce's "Reading Joyce" through Amazon and have enthusiastically read the book these days. I fully agree with what David Lodge writes in the blurb text, "I can think of no better companion for anyone embarking on a serious exploration of Joyce's work, but seasoned Joyceans will also find much to delight and inform them here." The book is, in fact, a literary as well as a critical achievement. In face of the mass of over-researched interpretations and provective speculations that have been dominating Joyce criticism for quite a time, reading "Reading Joyce" is a relief. It is one of the most absorbing dissertations in Joyce I have ever come across. It deserves a place on the shelf of exciting and exceptional Joyceana. It is entertaining in an extraordinary manner. The "unique blend of commentary and confession" (Lodge) clearly surpasses the dry academic discourses, which in fact no longer properly illuminate in a satisfying way what Joyce wrote and thought. Pierce has added to his text a plethora of photographs, maps, drawings etc., which go with highly original, illuminating, commentaries.
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Reading Joyce ebook
Author:
David Pierce
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