Tashura This volume is occidentals and insightful and verbose and circumlocutory and reveals so much that is interesting about great books without explaining anything about them. I found this book unexpectedly rich. If I tried to do that, I will have become Bloom himself. He is the torchbearer of literary aesthetics, or rather an aesthetic literary canon.

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Harold Bloom really is a cantankerous old thing, so hard to please and yet so seemingly pleased with himself. They all loved canonical literature just as much as Harold Bloom, I venture to say. Jun 05, Alejandro Teruel rated it liked it Shelves: Sep 19, Roy Lotz rated it really liked it Shelves: What I am opposed to is his idea that everyone needs to read them, and that this generation is lacking because values are changing. Feb 09, Paul Bryant rated it liked it Shelves: Bloom also makes a wonderful case for reading the old-fashioned classics, but I do wish he could refrain from easy cheap shots like the one about young people watching too much television.

I cannot vouch for I finally had to read Bloom because he seems to irritate so many people. LetteraturaScienzeStoria delle idee. Return to Book Page. But like the canon, I think this is a book that will reward a re-reading. Refresh and try again. I would think that, occidnetale all the books that are in this first list, once the reader is conversant with the Bible, Homer, Plato, the Athenian dramatists, and Virgil, the crucial work is the Koran Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Art is perfectly useless, according to the sublime Oscar Wilde, who was right about everything. But I have neither excluded nor included on the basis of cultural politics of any kind. Prof Madya Dr Rosnah Baharuddin. Literature is my passion and it is his unending passion to read and to celebrate the art and styles of literature, which I cannot overlook. 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.

I noted pages and knitted my brow. And although I am not so convinced of the autonomy of the aesthetic, I also think that aesthetic criteria are ultimately the most important in literary judgments. The list was not my idea.

Open Preview See a Problem? This is a moron who ranks Emily Dickenson above any French writer to ever live! Recommended to Nisah by: I urge you to. Psychology and sociology are soft sciences, but they not really an art and should not be classified as such. He also has the bad habit of arguing from authority rather than with reasons.

Insight, appreciation, a bit of knowledge. Any book that fought this trend would have my approval, but Bloom is always a scintillating writer, making The Western Canon a healthy and necessary book for our climate. It should include pieces that are from marginalized groups. Oh, and he also hates Harry Potter and popular culture in general. Related Posts.


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