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Take Arms Against a Sea of Troubles by Harold Bloom

Take Arms Against a Sea of Troubles: The Power of the Reader?s Mind over a Universe of Death

Harold Bloom

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Category: Non-fiction
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 3 Nov 2020
ISBN: 9780300247282

"The great poems, plays, novels, stories teach us how to go on living. . . . Your own mistakes, accidents, failures at otherness beat you down. Rise up at dawn and read something that matters as soon as you can."

2 stars out of 5
Philip Hensher
21 Nov 2020

"No one is going to base a claim for Bloom’s merits on this final book. "

No one is going to base a claim for Bloom’s merits on this final book. But it does indicate, with painful acuity, that the critic may have had little understanding of how literature is made — which is not out of ideas, as Mallarmé patiently explained to Cézanne. It doesn’t achieve its effects by saying ‘this is funny’ or ‘this is so moving’. It relishes its own voice — and to dwell on what it has stolen from others misses its ambition.

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