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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Bloom is intellectually demanding and I’m going to have to really take my time and read this book again slowly sometime.

But who wants to only read things that agree with what they already think? Dante, Chaucer, Cervantes, and Montaigne. The two central questions in the title — how to read and why to read — were rarely adequately answered in relation to any of the texts analysed. One of the most useful works of non-fiction to be published cajone recent decades, written by the sturdy Yale professor Harold Bloom.

This is a moron who ranks Emily Dickenson above any French writer to ever live!

Bloom dubs these new dogmatists the School of Resentment—a catch-all term that includes Marxist, Feminist, and post-structuralist literary critics. This is how Bloom constructs the western canon. He always tells us when he has chosen books canome are his favorites, but at the same time he kinda blurs “my favorite” with “the absolute best of this author. Since the publication of his first book inBloom has written more than 20 books of literary criticism, several books discussing religion, and one novel.

The School of Resentment, what Bloom labels as Feminism, Socialism, Deconstructionism and anything Focault ovewhelms Bloom’s enmitious relationship with how readers now interpret literature. He occisentale approaches his subjects with too much esoteric, gnostic knowledge, leaving the reader either bored out of his mind or floundering in utter confusion: 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 and all value as a work of literature.

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

Influence is the key word in this book. Nov 16, Michael rated it it was amazing.

And having someone passionate about the subject makes it that much more enjoyable. But underneath all the bluster, Bloom actually has a tremendous understanding of the Western Canon and its critics throughout the centuries. But I am no Shakespearean scholar. So you need to understand that you cannot just read this book like any other book that talks about reading and writing English literature.


Il libro sembra la copia “da battaglia” dell’altro saggio di successo di Bloom, Il canone occidentale: It does not teach you how to read books but it is an exercise on how to talk about books you have read, how to love them, how to re-read them and how to reminisce about those old companions in the most intelligent and enamored fashion. In the book, he walks us through the ages of literary history, pointing out great authors and great works.

I do not think I would have continued reading the book if I had not met with that writing at the time that I did. 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.

And there’s the Shakespeare. Or perhaps you’ll re-read him twice Well That is, he understands how a writer’s mastery of complex ideas and of techniques to express them can create both pleasure and insight, i.

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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. So he decides to fight DNF after a good pages and the final chapter.

Bloom moves on to a discussion of the novel, starting with what he asserts is the most outstanding novel in history, Don Quixote. It’s introduced to to more good books than I can count and I’m sure it will continue to do so. I admit I haven’t read much else of Bloom’s work, and I’m wary to explore it further. Ocidentale is another important difference between Thomson and Bloom: Le pagine su Cechov mi hanno fatto venire voglia di attaccare i due volumoni Garzanti che occhieggiano sornioni in libreria.

A great deal is assumed of the 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. On the contrary, I think the newer texts often use elements Bloom’s writing style is overly lofty, and extremely hard to read. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Glad that you can believe the patriarchy is dead.

Since much of what he writes makes no sense to me, further reading of the book seems rather pointless, so this is one of the very few books I’ve started and not completed. He wrote them, and there must be more than a hundred by now.


If you are a serious reader, particularly if you are a twenty-something and find yourself hrold random books in no particular order, I highly recommend pushing canpne this book as a means of organizing yourself and for most of us, as a means of patching the gaping holes in our literary education.

This is Bloom’s Western Canon, his view of the aesthetic as the paramount virtue and decisive determiner in cataloging canoone literature. I’m not saying that’s the right interpretation of the essence of the Western literary tradition either, but it’s fascinating how he feels so justified in getting upset about the fact that the professors of hip-hop; the clones of Gallic-Germanic theory; the ideologies of gender and of various sexual persuasions; the multiculturalists unlimited” p.

I found some of his genealogies a little annoying and some just plain wrong. Charles Dickens novel on the ravages caused by tuberculosis, Great Expectorations 3. Okay, okay, I am not simple.

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It’s only now as I write this that I realise I was like Tantalus trapped in the underworld – hungry, thirsty, the food and water so near, yet it always seemed to recede as I got close.

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. On the contrary, I think the newer texts often use elements of the older, reworking, reshaping, and reusing them.

He’s continually repeating himself and makes some borderline absurd claims without the slightest shred of evidence to back himself up. Bloom is an important critic, obviously, but he made me cranky. This is one of my absolute favorite books. Sep 19, Roy Lotz rated it really liked it Shelves: May 19, Emily rated it really liked it Shelves: I will say this in Bloom’s favour, however: Thus, he devotes most of his chapter on Tolstoy, not to War and Peace or even Anna Karenina but to Hadji Muradpossibly because Murad is the tolstoyan character closest to being a shakesperean character.

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