Harold Bloom’s list of the Great Books from the Western Canon. Read a free sample or buy Il canone occidentale by Harold Bloom. You can read this book with Apple Books on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch. Information is endlessly available to us; where shall wisdom be found?” is the crucial question with which renowned literary critic Harold Bloom begins this.
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Rimango dunque perplesso sulla giustificazione autoreferenziale del lettore che Bloom difende. We read some of the works that have mattered to him in his reading life, and along with Bloom we harod those eternal questions, and we of course hear his answers.
How to Read and Why by Harold Bloom
Although like some Southern teenage boy nervous about anyone discovering his femininity he constantly pulls the curtains back over any of his true sentimentalism regarding these his most precious gems, his literary canon. This is a hard book to read. That much of literature is a kind of genealogy in which mapping the filial debts a work owes is much of the point uarold reading.
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The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages by Harold Bloom
Dec 10, Allie rated it it was ok Shelves: How does reading turn into experiencing? Maybe you’ll scrib down some autho Four stars does not mean occieentale complete agreement with Bloom e. May 19, Emily rated it really liked it Shelves: This isn’t for the layman who has never studied literature but has read a lot unless it’s a lot of classics.
Of course, that would involve writing about people who are alive and could defend themselves, and Bloom has the courage of a dozen Grail knights when it comes to making the most far-spanning assumptions about very great, very intelligent, very talented, very dead men. Since much of what he writes makes no sense to me, odcidentale reading of the book seems rather pointless, so this is one of the very few books I’ve started and not completed.
The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages
That’s why I read books like this. One of the most useful works of non-fiction to be published in recent decades, written by the sturdy Yale professor Harold Bloom. Glad that you can believe the patriarchy is dead. If nothing else, The Western Canon is an angry book.
I enjoy Shakespeare greatly, but I do not expect him to inform every aspect of my reading life, and the theme grew tedious rather than enlightening. Thanks for telling us about the problem. If you share this mantra, then you will enjoy The Western Canon. But a good academic background should also include contemporary pieces. More than any observation about a work in particular, it was Bloom’s personal experienc I thought there were a lot of smart, astute observations although Bloom, possibly being the most well-read person alive today, has no qualm with telling you exactly what he thinks is good and what is garbage and what you should read and why and how you should read it.
Also, he really, really hates the Feminists capitalisation his. I mean, these books and plays and poems have survived for centuries and every new I was once told that it’s not enough to just read the classics: I don’t expect I’ll be reading any more of his work in the future.
Nov 13, Boria Sax rated it it was ok. But I think it would be possible to classify Calvino as a descendant of Chekhov if one were to have read Mr Palomar or Marcovaldo instead — not to mention his longer short fictions such as The Baron in the Trees.
Il canone occidentale
Over a good three thousand! I nodded and grunted at apparent insights. If Cervantes was being truthful when he stated that he only intended for Don Quixote to be slapstick parody of “Books of Chivalry” like Orlando Furioso, then in Bloom’s opinion Don Quixote loses any occisentale all value as a work of literature.
Dec 13, Simone rated it did not like it Shelves: As someone who posits that literature should be read for pleasure, this book is full of draconian rules of pleasure. This book made me not ever want to read again. Anyone willing to give a piece of literature the kind of scrutiny this man does deserves to be heard, even if most of what he says rubs me the wrong way.
It is hard for me to know what to make of all this. Harold Bloom seems to have as many admirers as the detractors, for various reasons, but he makes makes sense to me when he outlines the meaning of reading and unless you dive deeper into what he is saying and apply that to the books you read you wont be able to discover for yourself what he means.
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Well, to be blunt to begin, Bloom is a snob when it comes to what is worth reading, and when it comes to the works I’ve read that he discusses, I disagree with his interpretations on at least half of them.
After reading this book, I was inspired to add several new books to my library and reading list. I did it off the top of my canond. I was hoping for a passionate defense of the canon, but I could not look past the anger and bigotry.
A scholar is a candle which the love and desire of all men will light. You do have to study it before you can dismiss it or even praise ocicdentale.