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Western Canon Books & School of the Ages [Englisch] [Gebundene Ausgabe]

Harold Bloom
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  • Gebundene Ausgabe
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0151001332
  • ISBN-13: 978-0151001330
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 23,6 x 16,3 x 5,1 cm
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5.0 von 5 Sternen At last, a celebration of literature..... 26. Mai 2000
Von Brooke276
After decades of endless bickering from the School of Resentment, we finally have a bold alternative. Bloom necessarily links many works with the flowering of Western Civilization (our ideas, values, and contradictions), but he remains true to the texts themselves; never inserting needless political commentary and postmodern gibberish. Bloom selects a wide variety of authors, which allows the reader to understand the diverse nature of the canon itself (compared to the artificial and often times unwarranted "inclusions" often seen in more politically correct collections). However, the key to this book, or any of Bloom's undeniably readable work is that he, unlike the self-righteous voices of multiculturalism (who are only concerned with "fairness," righting past wrongs, oppression, and the "hidden forces" of privilege in literature), understands that the only concept that truly matters is the one least accepted in our current age -- JOY. Bloom brings back this underrated and long forgotten reaction to the written word and I thank him for that.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen hurray for non-politically correct writing 3. Juni 2000
I have said lots about Bloom in reviews of his other books. Suffice it to say that he was a literary genius who took advantage of his odd sleeping patterns and low need for sleep to read scores of books a week for his whole life. Therefore, I appreciate Bloom for his encylopedic knowledge of literature. And don't think he hasn't read contemporary multi-cultural works -- it's just that he never loses his perspective because he can hold the classics in his hands along with new works and compare them in an unbiased way. Like his book on Shakespeare, this book's main virtue is that it will inspire both the inexperienced reader and the long time reader to pick up many of these masterpieces and read them (or reread them). For that alone, Bloom deserves praise. You may not always agree with him, but you cannot help but be in awe of his knowledge base which extends from the biblical to the modern with few gaps. I found the reading list helpful as well. Of course he leaves out many great authors, but he's not trying to be all inclusive and that shouldn't stop you from seeking out other great works of literature. This is a great introduction to many great works that deserve to be read by any thinking person.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Western Canon - A Review in Bad Verse 26. April 2000
Must read Shakespeare; must read Dante; Ditto Chaucer and Cervantes.
Shakespeare's voices (bold or whining) Break new ground by self defining.
Chaucer's wife with gusto liveth. To Falstaff doth she model giveth.
In Dante's strange vangelo nouvo, Beatrice solo adorado.
The world of play is best defined By Don and Sancho, intertwined.
Montaigne makes Pascal blasé; Moliere blows Racine away.
Milton's Satan's cunning mission Smacks of Iago's nihilism.
Though Dr. J. his own poems stifled, His criticism goes unrivaled.
Goethe's grand Walpurgis Nacht Shines as classicism mocked.
Wordsworth shows us toxic hope; Austen's Anne, through yearning, copes.
Walter Whitman, autoerotic crier of the New American Religion, Stands at the center of the American Canon With his trinity of Soul, Self, MeMyself.
Emily Dickinson Transports cognition, past The edge of the Known In the Blank of an eye. Only the diligent Follow her out there, Leaving all others Alone - In the Dark.
Bleak House, with its rich, inventive strangeness, Dazzles the imagination and the mind.
Middlemarch, with its subtle, diffusive moral import, Sneaks up on the reader from behind.
Hadji Murad, the Chechen hero, Makes it Tolstoy seven, pretenders zero.
Ibsen's Gynt and Hedda Gabler Hint at mankind's trollish nature.
Those who slip the Freudian noose see Hamlet ain't no Oedipussy.
Had O. J. Simpson studied Proust, His perspective might have saved The Juice.
Make Beth eat ham, let's seize her learwick. Joy stews snakes, 'pears agonistic.
Who's afraid of Walter Pater? Reading's Woolf's true alma mater.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen superb 18. Januar 2000
Von fblaw6
Only Shakespeare here prevents 5 stars. But I was inclining to three stars as it seemed to me the professor had trouble organzing his brilliant scholarship into coherent paragraphs. But, midway through my comprehension improved, with essays on Wordsworth, and Austen, and then just a brilliant chapter on Emily Dickinson--near Shakespearean in language and thought, this author is brilliantly insightful with precise, profuse vocabulary--followed by equally nice chapters on Tolstoy and Freud. And so I respectfully differ with some reviews in criticism of the writing ability, which I believe on par with those the professor reviews. Thus, to me, the writing, the enormous IQ, memory and synthesis of material, scholarship and vast depth of insight are the good parts of the book. Though an unqualified judge, I believe the professor gets himself in trouble in the subjective part of the book, to wit his opinions of his subject matter, and the way he characterizes and interprets the canon, in my humble view, very narrowly. While I appreciate literature as an explanation of intellectual freedom, and I think I understand the professor's almost mystical "secular transcendence", it seems to me that this buzz is reached too much by a concentration in the literature of the weird, the strange, the bizarre and at times repulsive (Whitman and Proust). In defense of the author, he anticipates and contradicts every argument, and he, contrary to many reviews, supports everything (actually ad naseum if you read the whole book). The basic conclusions are convincing to the point of unassailability, and yet there is still a little wonder whether we are looking at literature here through a most narrow and obsessive prism. To me this book is a must read. It is overwhelming.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A good overview but nothing more ...
... as it is covering some motives and topics through different periods of time in literature, but its a bit american centred even though there is more to the "western... Lesen Sie weiter...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The canonical critic
if there is a samuel johnson living among us, he is probably harold bloom. i loved to find my favourite writers in his book. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 16. Mai 2000 veröffentlicht
2.0 von 5 Sternen Silly
I don't know what Harold Bloom was trying to achieve with this book, but his insistence on the highest cultural standards is belied by the whole idea of it. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 1. Mai 2000 von "lexo-2x"
1.0 von 5 Sternen R.I.P.
What the Frank E. Browns and Booklist Inc.'s perceive as a must read {and those who comprehend their mumbling}is actually the mold slowly spreading over academic... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 31. Januar 2000 von "michael05"
1.0 von 5 Sternen Pompous Bore
A literary allusion in a Stephen King novel will do more to reinvigorate the classics, then Harold Blooms best efforts ever could.
Am 31. Januar 2000 veröffentlicht
1.0 von 5 Sternen Establishment Refuse
If this were my fist intoduction to "literature" I would despise it forever. Where is Jack Kerouac?
Am 31. Januar 2000 veröffentlicht
3.0 von 5 Sternen The British Canon
Bloom's writing is suffused with a largeness of mind and heart one rarely encounters-something, I suppose, that may come only with age & experience. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 10. Dezember 1999 von Arvan Harvat
1.0 von 5 Sternen Bloom Should Retire
With professional academics like Bloom festering in the ivory tower it's no wonder that the American educational establishment is a bloody ruins.
Am 19. September 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Work your brain
Fine book. It'll make your brain sweat. I was a convert in Bloom's religion of literature before I ever read anything by him. I'll get around to reading Proust eventually, Mr. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 17. September 1999 veröffentlicht
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