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James Joyce A to Z: The Essential Reference to the Life and Work
Published in Hardcover by Facts on File, Inc. (1995)
Authors: A. Nicholas Fargnoli and Michael Patrick Gillespie
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A Context For the Classics
Essential to understanding the writtings of Joyce is understanding the world he lived in. Bear in mind that all of his works were, more or less, either autobiographical, or were about the world he lived in. This compilation of the many details of Joyces life shows us the minutia that made up books like "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man," "Ulysses," and "Finnegans Wake." If properly used, this provides the key to interpreting the dense allusions and motives of his impressive body of work. After perhaps the works of Tindall, Bishop and Campbell, this is the most usefull book you can get to help understand the works of Joyce.

Wide-ranging, well-written browsing material!
Presents, in alphabetical order, brief (one paragraph to about 2 pages) synopses and explanations of people, places, themes, and phrases form several of Joyce's works, including his major novels and his poetry. Wonderful as either a tool for decoding Joyce, or as "skimming material." It's a treat to just wander through these pages, seeing explanations for 'Finnegan' across from those for "Dubliners," a biography of T.S. Eliot one page after a description of the fictional "Earwicker."

Includes over 800 entries, illustrations, synopses of books and chapters, biographies of Joyce and his contemporaries, bibliography, a very useful index, as well as the text of Jude Woolsey's ruling to lift the ban on "Ulysses." The writing is clear, wide-ranging, and complete without bogging the reader down in minutiae. Not as thorough as the encyclopedic "Ulysses Annotated," but very useful in disentangling Joyce and his works without great effort! Written by a Professor of Theology and English at Molloy College (and vice president of the James Joyce Society), and a professor of English at Marquette University.

Tons of fascinating information, plus guide to Ulysses!

Elvis, the Beatles and Marilyn Monroe have received the A to Z treatment in which every aspect of their lives and works have been reordered alphabetically, so it was only a matter of time that the mania would spread to lesser figures in our popular culture, in this case Mark Twain, James Joyce and Virginia Woolf.

This series of three books, originally published by Facts On File and now updated and reprinted by Oxford University Press, combines facts culled from the writers' lives and works, shakes them up thoroughly, and recasts them into easily locatable entries. The result is an addictive pleasure, a page-turning odyessy for anyone interested in learning more about their favorite writer.

At 304 pages, the Joyce volume is the smallest of the trio, but what it lacks in size it more than makes up by offering extensive commentaries on "Ulysses" and "Finnegans Wake." Those who have tried to read these modernist (or post-modernist, the argument still rages) classics have quickly recognized the need for assistance. For "Ulysses," the Joyce volume reprints Joyce's chart that lists each chapter's time frame, location, symbols, technics, organs, art and correspondences to the original. Each chapter is given its own entry, which describes the action, Joyce's intentions, and clairifies points of Dublin's history. As one who attempted "Ulysses" solo, and suffered for his sin, I can speak with authority that this volume would have saved me a great deal of agony. I only wish they had abandoned their schema and combined the chapter descriptions into a single, lengthy appendix.

No detail is too small to escape the editors. There are also entries on Gustave Flaubert, an influence on Joyce's writing style; Throwaway, the race horse whose victory in the Ascot Gold Cup figures in "Ulysses," and the Volta Cinema, Dublin's first movie theater, which Joyce helped to open.

In short, this guide can help the Joyce reader move through the complexities of his work without feeling like you've earned a Ph.D in comparative literature while you're doing so.

Joyce, Milton, and the Theory of Influence (Florida James Joyce Series)
Published in Hardcover by University Press of Florida (1995)
Authors: Patrick Colm Hogan and Bernard Benstock
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Of some interest perhaps
This is certainly not one of the more insightful books on the subject, and is unfortunately attuned only to those topics of influence that have been better covered elsewhere. For the beginner, esp. those who do not have access to the better studies, this book is not without value. Somewhat recommended.

Patrick, Saint of Ireland
Published in Paperback by Lion Publishing PLC (20 September, 2002)
Authors: Joyce Denham and Diana Mayo
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About a man whose faith left its mark on history
Written by Joyce Dunham and nicely illustrated by Diana Mayo, Patrick: Saint Of Ireland is an ideal picturebook biography introducing young readers to the life of Patrick, Ireland's patron saint who returned to the land of his captivity preaching a message of Christian love and faith. Presenting the three-leafed shamrock as a metaphor for the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit Trinity of God, Patrick spread his teachings despite opposition from those who worshiped pagan gods. A powerful rendition of a man whose faith left its mark on history and a highly recommended addition to family and parochial school library collections.

Social History of Ancient Ireland
Published in Hardcover by Ayer Co Pub (1968)
Author: Patrick W. Joyce
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Every thing I ever wanted to know - and more !
It is amazing to have all these topics covered in this 2 book set. I found I was stopping to read it just for lessons in Irish history. Every 4 or 5 pages was another topic I had to find out about. Glad that this one has been published again. Three cheers for the publisher !

Class (Oxford Readers)
Published in Paperback by Oxford University Press (1995)
Author: Patrick Joyce
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Very Valuable Book, Especially For Sociology Students!
Joyce's compilation of articles adressing this ever-important social aspect is perfect. Several theories are discussed and the book offers a good range of discernments. A must for student of American Society.

St. Patrick's Day
Published in Library Binding by Carolrhoda Books (1982)
Authors: Joyce K. Kessel and Cathy Gilchrist
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An introduction to St. Patrick's Day for younger readers
This book explains to young readers why every year, on March 17, we see people wearing green clothing to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Author Joyce K. Kessel tells the story of how a young boy Roman born in England and named Mawewyn (we think), was taken prisoner by King Niall of Ireland only to escape and return years later as a bishop of the Catholic Church. Young readers will learn about how Patrick used the shamrock to explain the Trinity and the legend of how he drove all the snakes out of Ireland. By the time they finish this book, which is illustrated with pen drawings by Cathy Gilchrist, they will understand not only why St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland but the origin of many of the customs used in observing St. Patrick's Day. This book is one of a series by Carolrhoda Books that explains various holidays such as Valentine's Day and Halloween.

Ulysses: Portals of Discovery (Twayne's Masterwork Series, No 4)
Published in Hardcover by Twayne Pub (1989)
Author: Patrick A. McCarthy
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Good introduction
This is a very helpful, brief introduction (145 pages total)to "Ulysses." Neither a critical interpretation of the entire book, nor a lexicography to the allusions contained in words and phrases, the author provides brief, easily understood chapters dealing with some of the major themes and literary devises used in "Ulysses." Eight chapters: 1. Historical context. 2. The importance of the work. 3. Critical reception. 4. Arrangements of reality. 5. A comedy of errors. 6. Dublin alligators. 7. An epic of two races. 8. Reading in "Ulysses."

Also contains a useful 14 page appendix which briefly outlines the basic plot of each "Ulysses" chapter, notes, index, and bibliography. The author is a professor of English and director of the graduate program in English at the University of Miami.

Black Water : A New American Opera starring Karen Burlingame and Patrick Mason (Audio Theatre Series)
Published in Audio CD by L. A. Theatre Works (01 December, 1998)
Authors: John Duffy, Joyce Carol Oates, and L.A. Theatre Works
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The book, Black Water, authored by Joyce Carol Oates, is fiction that closely resembles a real incident that involved the powerful, political Kennedy family. This story is about a young lady named Kelly, who found herself smittem with a popular senator. The two find themselves in a life threatening predicament, in which only one escapes, and one is left in the black water awaiting rescue. I feel that this book captures the true essence of what goes through the mind of someone that is drowning, as the character has flashbacks of her life, and thinks of what the future would hold if she survives. I found the book hard to follow for the first few chapters, and after re-reading it I decided that it was a fast-paced book that seemed unfinished and left the reader wondering what happened to the senator and any legal ramifications he may have encountered. The style in which this book is written is like none I have read before and I would recommend it to anyone that is interested in trying something different.

An intriguing character study
I have seen Joyce Carol Oates' novel "Black Water" described as a book about the Chappaquiddick incident. This may be misleading. Some historical perspective: In 1969, Senator Edward Kennedy was involved in a car accident which took the life of a young woman named Mary Jo Kopechne. Kennedy escaped the scene, but his behavior after the accident created a scandal which dogged him for years.

"Black Water" is a work of fiction which certainly brings to mind the Chappaquiddick incident. It opens with Kelly Kelleher, a young woman, in the car with an unnamed older man who is a senator. The car crashes into the murky black water of the book's title. The book as a whole consists of the thoughts swirling through Kelly's mind as she is trapped in the submerged car.

Kelly is certainly not Mary Jo Kopechne. For one thing, the time frame is all wrong. This book takes place in the early 1990s; Kelly has been a worker on Michael Dukakis' failed 1988 presidential campaign, and the Gulf War is mentioned. Still, the unnamed senator seems to be Kennedy. Thus, "Black Water" reads like a time-warped alternative history.

The book functions well as a character study of Kelly, and (indirectly) of the senator. We learn of Kelly's conflict with her parents, her sexual anxieties, and other issues. Oates uses vivid sensory details to bring Kelly's plight in the car to life. At times her prose attains a sort of frenzied poetry. Recommended as companion texts: "Daisy Miller," by Henry James, and "Ariel," by Sylvia Plath.

Review of Joyce Carol Oates' Black Water
This novel was one of extensive study by my part, and the more I read, the more I appreciated the fear, the possible real life correlation to a US senator, and the momentum in which Oates carries us through the scene of this horrible accident.

The entire novel is barely a hundred and fifty pages, separated by thirty-two chapters. The speed and the brevity in which she writes makes it all the more believable, and is in my opinion the best dramatic choice Oates made as far as the convention of the prose. Although these thirty-two chapters were small, they were jam-packed. That question everyone wants to know is in there and seems to be answered, which I can't reveal or I would spoil the book.

The worldview Oates' is two dimensional to me. One part of the view portrays through the accident is something we all know, accidents happen. The main character being a younger female, interested in politics, and interested in starting her life while thinking in almost every chapter, "am I going to die-like this" really wakes the reader up and moves the common "accidents happen" theme to "accidents can happen to you too, at any time." The other most significant and compelling part is shown through a young woman who is violated when she trusts an older man. As she sits trapped in the sinking car, the Senator escapes and physically uses her body as a stepstool, leaving her behind. The most intriguing part of the story for me was that she was convinced he was coming back, and yet this is a smart character. A character who makes a conscious effort to discard anything as silly as a horoscope and one who is approach is intricate in design no matter what the circumstances. So what happened? The complications Oates made within the main character really move your mind in several directions. Any female reader can really relate to the dramatic choices in dialogue and characterization the Oates makes.

The element of fear is something that Oates really plays around with through the entire book. There is the stark fear of death, fear of talking out of turn, fear of consequences from men, fear of leaving a relationship, fear of putting somebody above you in the political world down on your level, and fear of life itself. And the fear that is still surfacing after finishing the novel is the fear of trusting people. The reader watches a spark between a man and a woman as Oates so simply and naturally creates the scene and this so thought harmless afternoon fling turns into a bloodcurdling accident that details the thoughts of the victim and the disbelief-it's amazing.

This novel has an element of truth, or motivation from the 1969 Chappaquiddick Island accident involving Senator Edward Kennedy and Mary Jo Kepechne, who was in a similar position as Kelly Kelleher. However, it is obvious fiction since no author can rewrite the thoughts of a deceased individual. Nevertheless, the prose by Oates was critical in creating a believable situation.

It all takes place in Kelly Kelleher's viewpoint; at the party, interludes from her past, spliced with the slowly sinking of the rented Toyota and Kelly's body into the black water. Because of this dramatic choice Oates really benefits the reader by revealing the intentions and motivations of the main character in her life and career. A common motif through the novel was that Kelly was an "American girl" which really set a degree of normality to the character, making it all the more realistic to the reader.

This book wasn't the only work of Oates that I have read and I can see a similarity in style and the same dimensional fear and gender inequality. I would recommend this to any gender however; it affects every human in the area of trust and death.

Encyclopedia of Furniture Making
Published in Paperback by Sterling Publications (1989)
Authors: Ernest Joyce, Alan Peters, and Patrick Spielman
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Great reference book.
If you're new to woodworking, and you want the 10,000 foot view on woodworking then this is the book for you. I'd say that 75% of what the book contains is useful, 25% fluff and pictures. It could go into greater detail... but I think that each specific section in the book is likely worthy of it's own book. Let's be realistic... howe can an author tell you everything you need to know about finishing in one chapter? Or all the subtlties of joinery in 2 chapters?

Overall, a decent book and makes a handy addition to my library.

Excellent at what it supposed to be
While not the only book you'll ever have to buy, this is a book every woodworker should own. It is an excellent reference, packed with useful suggestions, recommendations and advice.

The book does have its flaws. I agree with a previous reviewer who found the diagrams and their refference numbers confusing. Also, this book does appear to be written for readers in the UK and seemed a little out of date, or incomplete, from a US perspective. At times the tool descriptions didn't seem complete. I was a little troubled by the fact that the only combo square mentioned was the Stanley (No refference to Starrett, or others. Maybe it's a UK thing). None of these issues I had with the book would prevent me from recommending this book to a friend. The wealth of information contained in its pages more than makes up for any of its shortcomings.

Very good book
Very usefull book and easy to understand

Lonely Planet Australia (Australia, 11th Ed)
Published in Paperback by Lonely Planet (2002)
Authors: Paul Harding, Sam Benson, Joe Bindloss, Monique Choy, Joyce Connelly, Kate Daly, Patrick Horton, Virginia Jealous, Alex Landragin, and Matthew Lane
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Good for travelers on a budget
I just wrote a review of Australia Handbook and decided to have a look at the reviews for Lonely Planet's Australia guide. I bought both books as well as Frommer's and Fodor's guides for my trip to Australia. I have used many Lonely Planet guides through the years, but must agree with the comments of other posted reviews--it is oriented almostly solely to young people out looking for a a job picking fruit and wanting to know the latest nightclub hotspot. I did find the first sections of this book to be thorough on the country's history and what to expect, but as for myself and my wife (40 year olds staying in motels and with a rental car) it was useless once we got there. Lonely Planet is also way behind when it comes to listing websites.

These books may serve budget travelers well, but for my money, it's the Frommer's or Moon book.

a great starting ground!
Australia is such a vast and diverse nation that it is impossible to cover the entire country in one book.

Lonely Planet was a great starting ground. It gave excellent overviews of all of the major cities, the best of the outback, and the superb national parks. Lonely Planet also publishes guides for every Australian state, a few areas, and many smaller guides to dining, and the cities.

My advice to any traveler to Australia is to read LP Australia before departing. Then, once you have a clear idea of what you want to see, read the LP guides specific to that area. Lonely Planet is by far the best for Australia that I have seen out there.

The world of OZ -- from the source
The new 11th edition (May 2002)of this Lonely Planet Guide is excellent. I grew up in Australia and travel back frequently. The publisher is based in Melbourne, so this book has unique "at the source" information and tips. This updated edition solves most of the problems of previous editions. Yes, things change -- so always refer to the most recent edition available. Australia is a fascinating island continent.

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