©1994 by Harold Bloom; (P)1997 by Blackstone Audiobooks
a book that states its case clearly and sets out to map the milestones of an entire culture. i have to admit, i found it heavy going at 22 hours but if you're less shallow than me and if you want to know why certain authors have been held as worthy of praise, check this one out.
Dense and difficult for me to make meaningful. Rather than blame Harold Bloom's book for my difficulty, I think perhaps it's the same difficulty a student might experience when first learning how to interpret x-ray images and other medical imaging. It probably takes the same type of applied determination. Nevertheless, as an audible book, it's worthwhile and promises more where a person is willing to study and unpick the densely written prose. In an odd way, I feel that the book passes judgment on me in a way that I can't hope to pass judgment on it: I trust it's authoratative in the same way that I'm just beginning to learn about literature. And by the way, there's another title on Audible about the western canon that is much easier for a fresh face to start with: The Western Literary Canon in Context by Professor John M. Bowers. This series of lectures is very straight forward and the topic's parts have been expertly articulated. For my money, at my level of understanding anyway, the latter title is a better investment of time and money.
The Western Literary Canon in Context by Professor John M. Bowers - covers similar ground but is plain and straight forward. This title from The Great Courses is a series of lectures that seem to articulate a difficult topic with ease.
Great delivery even where the recording itself is a little 'sub-prime'
No, it's heavy going all the way through
I'm motivated to study more and perhaps read more by Harold Bloom
This review reflects only the audible performance, and not the book per se (I listened to, and read, the book simultaneously).
First, there are numerous instances of pronunciation that amount to fingernails on a chalkboard (FooKALT, DareEEDuh, YEETS) to name a few. Second, there are several instances of splicing where what appears to be recordings from different sessions are merged together with great differences in sound quality and volume. Third, there is virtually no pause between chapters; there is greater pause between some sentences than the chapters themselves. These issues are responsible for my rating of three stars from a performance perspective. The text itself is a typically brilliant example of Bloom's genius (even if a bit loquacious).
This book helps reinforce why the classics are classic and why this generation needs to pass this wisdom to the next.
The book is too long for me. Having it on audio makes it feel like attending a series of lectures, and it's much easier.
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