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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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Nov 06, Ellis rated it did not like it Shelves: And having someone passionate about the subject makes it that much more enjoyable. Thus, he devotes most of his chapter on Tolstoy, not to War and Peace or even Anna Karenina but Exasperating, brilliant, outrageous, nonsensical, confusing, unintelligible. Jan 19, Tim rated it liked it. He has edited hundreds of anthologies. To question the motivation of your opponents which he does and to position yourself as an oracle and a prophet which he also does are not healthy attitudes for an intellectual.

Bloom is a lot smarter and definitely more educated than I am. Instead, we consume ourselves with the understanding of how a novel contributes to the representation of gender, social and racial class. I enjoyed it not as a didactic exposition of reading and its values, which it is not, but as an example of how works of literature might be read and what profit there is in reading good works of literature well.

This is a rare moment of restraint for Bloom. It’s all processed corn, but occidemtale diversity and delicacy comes from species variety in local and heirloom farming, careful occidental, and mindful consumption. This is a hard book to read. Bloom is obsessed with Shakespeare to say the very least. Want to Read saving…. I reject that choice. There are many excellent and thought-provoking observations about writers and books here. This book is an exercise in love – a reader talking about what he loves to read and why, converted forcefully into a book on how and why another should read – and this I feel was the reason the book got all its bad reviews.


So I read this book and, as I read, I felt as though I was in the company of an erudite and eloquent writer. Bloom sets out to defend his familiar Western Canon, and does so by analyzing twenty-six writers to see what makes them canonical.

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Seriously, he’s so harodl with that term. Too bad the tigers would just spit him back out. Information is endlessly available to us; where shall wisdom be found? This makes him something of an apocalyptic prophet. View all 12 comments.

Bloom is intellectually demanding and I’m going to have to really take my time and read this book again slowly sometime. Mar 19, Dan rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: You have to let the book seep into your imagination, memories and sensations.

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Influence is the key word in this canlne. And what can be more valuable than that? For example, he divides short stories into two traditions — either Chekhovian or Borgesian — and then places Calvino squarely into the Borges camp.

One of the most useful works of non-fiction to be published in recent decades, written by the sturdy Yale professor Harold Bloom.

The answer, Bloom finds, is because these works are strange: He, and his student a spiritual successor Paglia, are wrongly associated with cultural conservationism; rather, they are radicals in the field of letters, fighting a noble battle against theoretical criticism mas it’s students attempt to destroy the importance of greatest written works that have occidejtale made. Bloom, listed only 26 books.

Il canone occidentale

He repeatedly denigrates and teases the contemporary schools of thought: But we shouldn’t be afraid of exploring alternate ways of viewing the texts. As someone who posits that literature should be read for pleasure, this book is full of draconian rules of pleasure. The canon he proposes at the end of the book is just wonderful and I find myself continually going back to it.


This does not hide the fact that he understands literature less than your average ten-year-old and, moreover, that he is so unremittingly insistent upon some unchanging interpretation of literature, and so humorless in his consideration of writers and their writing, that his continued presence in the literary world is an insult to every single author he claims to praise in the book, Will Shakespeare included.

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The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages by Harold Bloom

Once he gets past his ranting in the beginning regarding the politics of education regarding not pursuing excellence, that reading is in no way improving of society as in his mind it is a “selfish act”, occidntale spending long dreary moments denouncing feminism in Harold Bloom is an elitist, a snob, a horrible sexist, and as an Ivy League professor, could care less. On the contrary, I agree with some of his reading and appreciate his assumption of a female reader.

Grappling with complexity and nuance and experiencing those epiphanies that slowly descend when a great sentence is shifted and the shadows move to show the words in a new light. Want to Read saving…. May 10, Trevor rated it it was ok Shelves: Any bibliophile; Literary buffs.

He’s continually repeating himself and makes some borderline absurd claims without the slightest shred of evidence to back himself up. Understanding what are the canon works in English Literature. The great teachers that I have had the privilege to experience taught me to ask questions, rather than provide answers.

If he values the dead-white-European-male, it’s because dead-white-European-males were the best authors This has basically been my literary bible for the past year or two.