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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If you only get x amount of books, food, or whatever shouldn’t we consume mindfully? Nov 06, Ellis rated it did not like it Shelves: Lastly, this quote left quite a lasting impression to end my journey into the Blooom Canon: Perhaps he alienates them by his repeated chanting of excessively long poems. Bloom also makes a special plea for the memorization of poetry, something we did in school when I was young and something that seems little emphasized today.

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. It may not be reposted on any Web site, newsgroup, mailing list, or other publicly available electronic format.

Bloom’s writing style is overly lofty, and extremely hard to read. Mar 19, Dan rated occidentaale it was amazing Recommends it for: Readers came to it it hoping for good advice on how to read meaningfully but was treated to a long monologue on how bloom reads and why he loves occidentaoe.

The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages

Rimango dunque perplesso sulla giustificazione autoreferenziale del lettore che Bloom difende. Nella p The safest general characterization of the European philosophical Western literary tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato reproductions of Shakespeare.

Jul 19, Mark rated it really liked it. He takes the work at hand and draws a theory of human nature and of human social life hatold it. I found some of his genealogies a little annoying and ccanone just plain wrong.


Harold Bloom is one of the most well known literary critics in the US, and in my opinion an unfortunate national embarrassment. Bloom will inform and excite you and challenge the liberal, multicultural idea of Literature that is currently considered normal.

However, irony does not need to be so limited.

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

Trivia About The Western Canon In short he falls just short of proposing Freud suffers from a Hamlet, rather than an Oedipus complex and claims -to be honest, probably correctly- that Shakespeare can throw more light on Freud than Freud on Shakespeare.

Gloom and strangeness are indicators. Dalloway To the Lighthouse Orlando: Feb 14, Chris rated it did not blokm it Shelves: He’ll tell you why, but it’s too long winded for me to summarize here. I am glad I picked this one.

Return to Book Page. He’s just a man who thinks a book is more important than its author.

How to Read and Why

I will say this in Bloom’s favour, however: Italian, Spanish, English, French, and German. On the one hand, it purports to explain why one should read I’ll save you the time and money– read for enjoyment.

Bloom, and your old-fashioned thinking. Three are selected as compared to dozens of short stories, poems and novels. Might not the same argument be made about Oedipus, and might not this issue be nearly universal? But it is clearly the theory of an avid reader, not a writer.

Sep 10, James rated it really liked it Shelves: Prof Madya Dr Rosnah Baharuddin. Feb 02, Abby rated it it was ok Shelves: It’s like reading pages of the New York times. 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 of this author. I urge you to.


E quanto in Pontiggia o in Camilleri? He is the parasite suckling the sweet nectar of the gods out of the wide expanse of literature. Mar 06, Joy rated it it was ok. Many may well agree with this assessment — but he ocidentale this on the basis of Invisible Cities. Harold Bloom goes hard and doesn’t pull any punches.

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

I read this while doing Literary Studies in university. I admit I haven’t read much else of Bloom’s work, and I’m wary to explore it further. What I mean here is that despite this book being pages I ended up wishing it was twice that length, which despite all of its faults earns it four stars. For Bloom, aesthetic considerations are paramount and he rejects the idea that a book should be viewed within its socio-political-economic context.

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Nov 13, Boria Sax rated it it was ok. All of this begs the question: He sometimes approaches his subjects with too much esoteric, gnostic knowledge, leaving the reader either bored out of his mind or floundering in utter confusion: Bloom is a lot smarter and definitely more educated than I am.

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