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The first six books of the Elements of Euclid, in which coloured diagrams and symbols are used instead of letters .. (1847)
The first six books of the Elements of Euclid, in which coloured diagrams and symbols are used instead of letters .. (1847)
Price: £2.70

1.0 out of 5 stars Very poor e copy, 4 Feb. 2014
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I was very disappointed by the e copy of this iconic book. Text and numerals heavily garbled when received on Kindle. Having paid for it I found I could get an excellent free copy (ungarbled) on Play Books.


Ulysses [1967] [DVD]
Ulysses [1967] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Barbara Jefford
Price: £5.00

37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Modern Reading of Ulysses, 17 Jan. 2008
This review is from: Ulysses [1967] [DVD] (DVD)
Literary anoraks usually have difficulty in coping with movie adapations of their favourite books, failing to understand that their mental view of the original will not survive the change of medium and the consequent creation of a new art form. A book as iconic as Joyce's Ulysses will never be faithfully 'reproduced' on screen to the satisfaction of such critics.

In fact Joseph Strick's 1967 film not only sees the successful transition of Joyce's book into a new medium (within the 'new wave' tradition popular with film makers at the time) but has also created a work that remains highly relevant to the 21st century viewer. Strick actually filmed in black and white and in 'modern dress' ( for the time) for budgetary rather than aesthetic reasons.

Although set a century ago in 1904 the book introduced a whole plethora of very modern sounding topics -sexual and personal relationships, consumerism, nationalism, religious and racial intolerance, advertising and media, immigration, popular music and the position of the artist in society (among others!). Strick's film was fortunately made at a time in the Sixties when the ground norms of society were being widely questioned and the film picks up some of this buzz. The happy result - helped greatly by the minimalist 'modern' dress and settings - is a film that seems to consist of up -to-date real people with real lives and something relevant to say to a present day audience about their own lives.

Sean Walsh's more recent adaptation of Ulysses ('Bloom', made in 2004)on the other hand, while beautifully fimed and acted, is played as a period drama that aims to reproduce the original environment of Joyce's book as closely as possible. As a result, to me anyway , the latter film fails to touch any nerve other than as a pleasant enough adaptation but one that is about as relevant to our present day lives as an adaptation of Jane Austen.


Ulysses (Oxford World's Classics)
Ulysses (Oxford World's Classics)
by James Joyce
Edition: Paperback

15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Great Universal Urban Novel, 5 Dec. 2003
Irish dramatists have recently been criticised for continuing to focus on the stereotype stage-Oirish rural Catholic family à la Synge and ignoring the trendy urban wanabees of today who more closely resemble their cousins in Mannheim, Milan or Manchester.
I'm not sure what they're saying about the novelists but apart from McGahern's books they all seem to be about people living in apartments in Dublin 4. Maybe that's because James Joyce was the man who invented the Great Universal Urban Novel by publishing Ulysses back in 1922.
Dublin on 16th June 1904 (the location and date of 'Ulysses') was far more sophisticated and 'multicultural' than it was to be at any time again up to the mid 1990s - that world was banjaxed by the likes of the Legion of Mary and an extreme Catholic Jansenism and isolation that set in with Independence in 1922. (On the negative side Dublin back then also had a third world type gap between rich and poor - with a rate of infant mortality only exceeded in the British Empire by Calcutta).
Ulysses ranges over a plethora of modern sounding topics: relationships, sex, the press, publicity and advertising, popular culture and music, adultery, nationalist posturing and political cynicism, alienation, racial and ethnic prejudice, technology and consumerism - to name just a few. The book's two major characters are both outsiders in the traditional Irish sense - Leopold Bloom is a Jew and Stephen Dedalus a disaffected and now agnostic Catholic.
Joyce does it all in deadpan comic fashion interspersed with parodies of other writers' style. He employs all kinds of cinematic techniques with flashbacks, dissolves and close ups (Joyce was very interested in film and actually opened Dublin's first cinema - the Volta - in 1909, but he didn't prove a great entrepreneur). The technique par excellence in Ulysses is the 'stream of consciousness' e.g. of Molly (Mrs Bloom) in the famously dirty last chapter - Joyce admitted he actually got this technique from an obscure French writer.
If you haven't read Ulysses yet don't be put off by it's hearsay reputation of difficulty - apart from a small number of passages it's easier than many literary modern novels - let me give Captain Corelli's Mandolin as an example - don't confuse it with Finnegans Wake which is another matter altogether. There's lots of excellent stuff on the internet to help you but one thing you'll need to do is to get hold of a good map of Dublin.


Finnegans Wake
Finnegans Wake
by James Joyce
Edition: Paperback

14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chapelizod Dreaming, 1 Dec. 2003
This review is from: Finnegans Wake (Paperback)
I’ve always wanted to review Finnegans Wake as it’s been a friend for over 30 years. Not that I’ve ever read it from cover to cover (who has?). But it is a constant joy- ideal for a page or so at bedtime. All you idle loafers who dally with Proust on languid summer days should throw him away and start with Humphrey Chimpden Earwicker dreaming in his Chapelizod Co.Dublin pub instead. Ennui will never be the same.
The first time you pick FW up is like trying to read a book in a language you don’t understand but are sure some of the words look vaguely familiar. After a good deal of frustration plus a bit of knowledge about the structure it starts to click, especially how funny it all is. Help is on hand from the likes of William York Tindall’s Reader’s Guide and there’s loads of great Finnegan and Joyce stuff on the internet. Give it a go – after all if the Japanese can translate FW into their language (yes,true) you can try to do it into English. And another benefit – neither Ulysses nor Mr Pound’s Cantos will ever look difficult again.


Positively 4th Street: The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Farina, and Richard Farina
Positively 4th Street: The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Farina, and Richard Farina
by David Hajdu
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lost World, 11 Jan. 2003
David Hajdu evokes a lost world in his study of the Baez sisters, Richard Farina and Bob Dylan in the early sixties. An era when folk music was predominant and middle class boys and girls seemed to have the ability to change all kinds of evils from the "masters of war" to segregation just by sitting down and singing. Joan Baez's songs epitomised the times with her lovely but penetrating voice. Already very successful by the time the book starts Joan soon comes into contact with the rising Dylan as he made his mark on the coffee house folk circuit of New York.
The book should not be seen purely as a biography of Dylan - this period in his professional life is already well documented by Scaduto and others - the facts such as his somewhat cynical use of Joan Baez to further his career are not new and Miss Baez is on record in this area herself.
What is fresh about Hajdu's approach is that Dylan is seen mirrored in the eyes of the others- in the next room so to speak rather than in full view - so the world’s most notable singer-songwriter comes over as a little more human. A good example are his and party-animal Farina's wild adventures in swinging London.
This is a sad book - there is a lot about change and the human condition - both on a global and on a personal level. JFK is assassinated and the dreams of the young audiences become less attainable. Farina dies young in a motorcycle accident
(on the very day of his book launch party) before reaching his full potential. The accomplished guitarist Mimi Farina Baez who became Farina's wife also failed to reach her potential - being perennially shadowed by the fame of her sister (Mimi died last year of cancer).
Dylan of course had changed utterly as well and by the time of his own motorcycle accident at the close of Hajdu's book in 1966 had famously embraced the electric world of rock n roll.
Dylan's legendary appearance at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival is well covered. How much things have changed is demonstrated by the fact that 70,000 turned up then – compare this with the 15,000 reported for Dylan's first return date in 2002.


Bill Wyman's Blues Odyssey: A Journey to Music's Heart and Soul
Bill Wyman's Blues Odyssey: A Journey to Music's Heart and Soul
by Bill Wyman
Edition: Hardcover

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Likeable but eccentric, 7 Sept. 2002
If blues fans have such things as coffee tables Bill Wyman's book will certainly enhance them. Extremely readable and copiously illustrated it traces the amazing impact of the blues from its Delta roots to its gradual influence on all forms of popular music and on everyone from Presley and Dylan to Eric Clapton and Rory Gallagher. Dipping into it anywhere you will learn a lot about the eclectic and evolutionary nature of music.
A real joy are the one and two page spreads that focus on the Blues Greats like Bessie Smith, Robbie Johnson and Muddy Waters among very many. A similar treatment is given to the most famous classic Blues songs. There are sections on record labels like Sun and Chess and on the types of guitars that bluesmen favoured.
Bill Wymans book is miles away from many others that treat the exciting history of this art form in a dull and academic way.
Now there is one caveat to the intending reader - the book is after all about 'Bill Wyman's personal odyssey'. And I have to say Bill does not suffer from false modesty. There are more pictures of Bill Wyman than anyone else in the book and the index references to Rolling Stones (58) , outnumber those accorded to any other artist from BB King to John Lee Hooker to Howling Wolf. Most bizarre of all perhaps, among the splendid maps of Delta locations, historic recording tours and the like, is a plan of Greater London featuring key blues sites like Penge ('where Bill was working at a department store when he first joined the Stones') and Fulham Town Hall where 'Bill shot a video with Charlie and Ronnie Wood'.
Still this personal eccentricity is what made the book most likeable and readable for me and I think most others will find the same.


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