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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The man writes “Shakespeare” often enough to demand a drinking game. I finally had to read Bloom because he seems to irritate so many people. Bloom, and your old-fashioned thinking.

Ultimately, my biggest complaint is about how short the book is, how perfunctory it is occdentale glossing over Blake and Chekov and others in the space of a few pages and treating only the smallest possible sample of their works one.

But I find that to be a stretch. It’s almost as though he wants his readers to be totally aware that he is in line with his heros, Bacon, Johnson, and Emerson.

View all 3 comments. Every reader should read this book.

Il canone occidentale

gloom 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. He does so directly. Recommended to Nisah by: All fast food is the same.

His passion for Western literature is so fierce that it is inspiring.

He has what would have been called, in the era he should have lived in, good taste in literature. His selection of texts is also quite conservative and illustrative of his ideological positioning. Many of those poems that I memorized then stick with me garold, more than a century later, deeply enriching my life and experience.

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. I am of the opinion that reading even crap such as this makes me a better reader, and most importantly, it makes me a reader. But that, as I argue Refresh and try again. Mar 06, Joy rated it it was ok.

How to Read and Why by Harold Bloom

It’s still unclear to me his exact reasons for doing so – although as Bloom puts it, I may have occiddntale so assimilated by the “weirdness” of The Bard that I can no longer recognize his strangeness. Far from dying out, it’s the many-headed hydra, and it’s popping up everywhere. Gli esempi di poesia citati sono quasi tutti di argomento funebre. I don’t expect I’ll be reading any more of his work in the future.


So he decides to fight DNF after a good pages and the final chapter. They claim to be united by the purpose of showing us “how to read,” but they don’t really do that. He repeats similar observations, drops the same names, inserts the same quotations, and asserts the same points in different contexts blom to slightly different purposes. When I have read Bloom in the past I have often found him to be provocative, at times obscure, usually opinionated, frequently frustrating, rarely what I would consider objective.

I’m not finished, but then I don’t think I ever will be. I am thankful to Harold for the providing the direction about reading. You could argue Bloom doesn’t, but strongly implies to the point of embarrassment that Shakespeare’s influence has trickled down occidentle the ages and social strata, so that an illiterate Sudanese orphan or a third-generation Turkish “guest worker” immigrant in Berlin or Paris Hilton all live and breathe in his influence, just as camone can argue that a butterfly in Brazil flaps a hurricane into existence on the other side of the world or that, when no one is around, trees that fall in forests hum “Stairway to Occidrntale on their way down.

In the unlikely event that literary theory again becomes relevant to mainstream society, or even mainstream academia ccanone that matter, should there ever be a FOX News of theory, Harold Bloom would be the ideal candidate for the role of anchor.

Mostly, this book would be useful if you were studying literature and, as luck may have it, one of the works you have been set just happens to be discussed here. I understand that Bloom has chosen to frame his western canon through the prism of Shakespeare. Times have changed, clearly, and literature has had a flood of brilliant woman and yarold from all nationalities, and Bloom doesn’t hesitate to recognize this.

Il libro in estrema sintesi capitolo per capitolo: Ovcidentale holds Shakespeare to be the absolute core of the canon. While Dante is given his due, Shakespeare is the real center of this book. Vanone just rants about dreary feminists and multiculturalists who force us cocidentale read b-a-a-d books.


Understanding what are the canon works in English Literature. Never mind the issues of class and race that have stilted literature in favor of the few; he dismisses it off-hand and condemns those that adhere to the belief in the possibility of literary equality.

Il canone occidentale – Harold Bloom – Google Books

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 it. Nov 12, Anthony rated it did not like it Recommends it for: Terrific overview of the western canon 20 words or more?

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. This at first seems peppy and un-PC, then lightly racist and sexist, before it settles in that Bloom simply has very little interest in most non-Caucasian, non-male, non-Bloom concepts.

The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages

I admit I haven’t read much else of Bloom’s work, and I’m wary to explore it further. Want to Read saving…. View all 5 comments. Read this and find your standing. You almost expect a test after reading each chapter.

Recovery of the ironic. Sure, few works can compare to The Divine Comedy, or Paradise Lost, or nearly anything by his beloved Shakespeare in terms of complexity or even universality, but why is this the only measure of greatness? Why Not to Read This Book Harold Bloom definitely gets off on Shakespeare, and his decision on how good other writers are is based off the criteria of how Shakespearean they are.