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Nora: The Real Life of Molly Bloom
Nora The Real Life of Molly Bloom
Author: Brenda Maddox
ISBN-13: 9780618057009
ISBN-10: 0618057005
Publication Date: 6/16/2000
Pages: 512
  • Currently 4.8/5 Stars.

4.8 stars, based on 2 ratings
Publisher: Mariner Books
Book Type: Paperback
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Very easy to read biography of a complex woman in an unusual, for its time, relationship with a famous man. Almost makes me want to read Joyce . . . almost!
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Nora Joyce has long been seen as a shrew who was a poor cook, basically illiterate, and an unlikely helpmate for the greatest novelist of the 20th century. Maddox presents a different Noraperfectly ordinary, in the Joycean sense of the word. A caring, devoted wife, with a sharp tongue, fine wit, and strong sense of survival, Nora not only made Joyce a man, but also, at least in part, the author he was. Nora was the model for many of Joyce's heroines, from Lily in "The Dead" to Molly of Ulysses and Anna Livia Plurabelle of Finnegans Wake. A carefully written, sensitive study that offers many new insights on the Joyces' family life. Essential for Joyceans. Donald Kaczvinsky, Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park