Declan Kiberd explains why James Joyce's great modernist masterpiece is in fact a book that can teach ordinary people how to live better lives.
Declan Kiberd is the author of Inventing Ireland: The Literature of the Modern Nation, which won the Irish Times Prize in 1995. It is one of the most influential works on Irish culture published in the last twenty years. His Irish Classics came out in 2000 and won the prestigious Lannan Prize in the USA. He is the Professor of Anglo-Irish Literature at University College Dublin and is a widely respected broadcaster, critic and reviewer.
For those who think a century is entitled to more than one
'game-changer, ' there's a fine new book of literary criticism
called Ulysses and Us: The Art of Everyday Life in Joyce's
Masterpiece. -- David Kelly ""Paper Cuts: A Blog About Books""
[Kiberd is] one of our liveliest and most iconoclastic intellectuals. . . . Whether or not Ulysses is an example of wisdom literature, Ulysses and Us certainly is.--John Banville
Kiberd's book--lucid, learned, free of jargon and pretension--can make for a wonderful companion along the journey through Joyce's wondrous epic.--Sudip Bose