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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How to Read and Why by Harold Bloom

Harold Bloom is an elitist, a occideentale, a horrible sexist, and as an Ivy League professor, could care less. I reject that choice. For me personally, there need be no greater reason to read this book, because to me the prospect of reading great books along with Bloom is a wonderful proposition. My opinion may not have been his, but the act of reassessi 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.

I’m confident this is because of my ignorance and view this as a loss on my part. To whom is this book targeted? This at first seems peppy and un-PC, then lightly racist and sexist, before it settles in that Bloom simply has very little interest in most non-Caucasian, non-male, non-Bloom concepts. View all 5 comments. Cultural prophecy is always a mug’s game. Too bad the tigers would just spit him back out.

What I disagree with is how Bloom gives Shakespeare an absolutely Godlike position in which no writing before Shakespeare really meant anything and everything else written on the planet after Shakespeare was entirely thanks to Shakespeare’s influence. It’s like reading pages of the New York occidentake. Bloom and I do not have the same taste in literature, it precisely the types of qualities in individual pieces, political and romantic that he despises that I adore, however when he finally begins to de-construct classics such canonw Joyce, the Russian novelists, and Shakespeare his brilliance and candour are remarkable.


The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages

Just a moment while camone sign you in to your Goodreads account. What’s worse, he expends all his energies on analyzing Hamlet and leaves a few paltry pages for Hedda Gabler and The Importance of Being Earnest. It is a psychological perspective of becoming a bibliophile. Freud has seen that Shakespeare poses the question “What is life?

So he decides to fight DNF after a good pages and the final chapter. This is a book of provocations, to borrow, appropriate and distort a word from James Joyce, a shapespherethat is a book so warped by Blooms deification of Shakespeare, so imbued with the Holy Spirit of Influence that sometimes it seems to imply that everything either leads up to Shakespeare or wrestles with or in his shadow. L’aforisma del rabbino Tarphon sul lavoro da completare poteva bastare come semplice epigrafe: Really dull and pedantic view of literature, IMO.

He names Shakespeare, Dante, and the Bible as some of the most important. And Bloom does have the great advantage of infecting his readers with his enthusiasm for literature.

These are the questions and answers of the book. Paperbackpages. Certo un compito fondamentale, ma non credo sia l’unico. This said, I had just a few issues: Bloom could have talked about how Shakespeare created people rather than simple ‘characters’, in the Aristotelian sense who possessed complex personalities and that nobody had really done that until his plays appeared.

Over a good three thousand! I will agree that these three should be part of a good academic background.

His reasons for choosing each of these is almost as interesting as his discussions themselves.

Il canone occidentale

It built up the wrong expectations. Do not pick this up for a bit of light reading. Nice, well-written if exceedingly contained within his position as traditionally educated within Western culture.


But almost no author is original enough to outperform every one of their literary forebears. Another fault is that he makes assertions about authors that are not properly substantiated.

Three canond selected as compared to dozens of short stories, poems and novels.

Psychology and sociology are soft sciences, but they not really an art and should not be classified as such. To me, the most impressive thing is not Bloom’s master of each of occiedntale authors, but rather his ability to draw the links between them and their critics! He always tells us when he has chosen books that are his favorites, but at the same time he kinda blurs “my favorite” with “the absolute best ccanone this author. The book opens with a short essay on the experience of reading, why one should read, etc.

I sighed after I typed that out. View all 11 comments.

So much of the book is a retelling of the plot lines of other works better works that it made me think that I ought to be reading those books instead. Rimango dunque perplesso sulla giustificazione autoreferenziale del lettore che Bloom difende. Never mind the issues of class and race that have stilted literature in favor of the few; he dismisses it off-hand and condemns those that adhere to the belief in the possibility of literary equality.

Bloom just rants about dreary feminists and multiculturalists who force us to read b-a-a-d books. If we can’t do much better than this, no wonder the study of literature is in big trouble.

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