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Coelho says Ulysses is "harmful" for literature; thinks he's better than Joyce

Paulo Coelho: James Joyce's Ulysses is 'harmful' to literature
Brazilian writer dismisses modernist classic about a day in the life of Leopold Bloom as 'pure style'


'There is nothing there' … Paulo Coelho rubbishes James Joyce's Ulysses.

James Joyce's Ulysses has topped poll after poll to be named the greatest novel of the 20th century, but according to Paulo Coelho, the book is "a twit".

Speaking to Brazilian newspaper Folha de S Paulo, Coelho said the reason for his own popularity was that he is "a modern writer, despite what the critics say". This doesn't mean his books are experimental, he added – rather, "I'm modern because I make the difficult seem easy, and so I can communicate with the whole world."

Writers go wrong, according to Coelho, when they focus on form, not content. "Today writers want to impress other writers," he told the paper. "One of the books that caused great harm was James Joyce's Ulysses, which is pure style. There is nothing there. Stripped down, Ulysses is a twit."

Coelho's spiritual novels and books – his latest, Manuscrito encontrado em Accra, is set in 1099 Jerusalem as the Crusaders prepare to attack – have sold more than 115m copies in more than 160 countries. Ulysses, Joyce's 265,000-word modernist novel about a day in the life of Leopold Bloom in Dublin, was first published with a print run of 1,000 copies in 1922. Those first editions now sell for up to £100,000, and the novel is celebrated every year on 16 June around the world, the day Bloom wandered through Dublin.

Although Ulysses frequently tops best novel lists, Coelho is not the first to criticise Joyce's masterpiece. Roddy Doyle said in 2004 that the novel "could have done with a good editor", and doubted that people putting it in the top 10 books ever written "were really moved by it".



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How can a book be a twit? People are twits. Books are inanimate objects. It might be shit, it might be written by a twit, but it cannot be a twit.

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I haven't even read Ulysses and I'm OUTRAGED!

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You know I fecking like you mf, but that was really un uninspired comment...

...on the subject..I'm a bit surprise, I never like the dude's work and what he represents, but he never was that kind of idiot regarding talking about former writers...might be some twisted marketing trick or he finally lost himself...

BTW even Ulysses can be critized, but in such manner looks like made it by Roncero (the AS "journalist")

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Coelho has probably less to do with a favela than Joyce did.

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You know I fecking like you mf, but that was really un uninspired comment...

...on the subject..I'm a bit surprise, I never like the dude's work and what he represents, but he never was that kind of idiot regarding talking about former writers...might be some twisted marketing trick or he finally lost himself...

BTW even Ulysses can be critized, but in such manner looks like made it by Roncero (the AS "journalist")
He was a bit like this before. I recall once he said he could write books like Joyce if he wanted, just he didnt... It is when Borges is concerned that he is all "respectful", after all, Borges is almost a handymade over simplification of complicated literature... He just used to do it when he was defending against high brow criticism, but now he is doing to get the spotlight, some sort of controversy bs. But this is stupidy, he would get more light saying J.K.Rowling copied Harry Potter from his books...

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He was a bit like this before. I recall once he said he could write books like Joyce if he wanted, just he didnt... It is when Borges is concerned that he is all "respectful", after all, Borges is almost a handymade over simplification of complicated literature... He just used to do it when he was defending against high brow criticism, but now he is doing to get the spotlight, some sort of controversy bs. But this is stupidy, he would get more light saying J.K.Rowling copied Harry Potter from his books...
So he did it before and it's some silly marketing...

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Pretty much, a few days after it he said "I made people think" and claimed people are hurting his free speech rights by telling him how dumb it was.

He is pretty much the ibrahimovic of literature.

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I don't like what you are doing to Ibra there..

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I am no Pique, so his disapointment must be even bigger than yours.

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...and all leads to Shakira's arse, which is a lot better subject for Coehlo to talk about, thought he more than probably will fail there too..

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Unless he says "I could have been the father of Shakira coming baby"...

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Paulo Coelho for real

Zlatan Ibrahimovic não pára de surpreender. Desta vez, o avançado sueco gozou Cristiano Ronaldo, mas também Messi, assinalam diversas publicações internacionais, embora sem especificar a quem terão prestadas tais declarações.

O avançado português foi o mais ridicularizado pelo sueco. "Ele é um privilegiado, assiste sempre da primeira fila à entrega dos prémios a Messi", afirmou Ibrahimovic, antes de considerar que o jogador do Real Madrid nem sequer deviar ter estado entre os três finalistas na votação que decidiu o melhor jogador do Mundo de 2012.

"Há pelo menos dez jogadores melhores do que Ronaldo", afirmou Ibrahimovic, que está a realizar uma grande temporada no Paris Saint-Germain, onde já marcou 18 golos em 16 jogos realizados.

Depois de se meter com Ronaldo, seguiu-se Messi, com quem Ibrahimovic brincou por causa da sua baixa estatura. "Ele pode ter mais uma Bola de Ouro, mas não consegue comprar chocolates numa máquina sem antes subir para cima de uma caixa", afirmou.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic não pára de surpreender. Desta vez, o avançado sueco gozou Cristiano Ronaldo, mas também Messi, assinalam diversas publicações internacionais, embora sem especificar a quem terão prestadas tais declarações.

O avançado português foi o mais ridicularizado pelo sueco. "Ele é um privilegiado, assiste sempre da primeira fila à entrega dos prémios a Messi", afirmou Ibrahimovic, antes de considerar que o jogador do Real Madrid nem sequer deviar ter estado entre os três finalistas na votação que decidiu o melhor jogador do Mundo de 2012.

"Há pelo menos dez jogadores melhores do que Ronaldo", afirmou Ibrahimovic, que está a realizar uma grande temporada no Paris Saint-Germain, onde já marcou 18 golos em 16 jogos realizados.

Depois de se meter com Ronaldo, seguiu-se Messi, com quem Ibrahimovic brincou por causa da sua baixa estatura. "Ele pode ter mais uma Bola de Ouro, mas não consegue comprar chocolates numa máquina sem antes subir para cima de uma caixa", afirmou.
See, he is 10 times better than Cohelo..he is in Romario's trolling level..

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i dont know much about litterature and havent read ulysses but i hate coelho.his platitudes are from hell and he's a murderer

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Coelho's The Alchemist 3.74 avg rating — 812,488 votes

Joyce's Ulysses 3.72 avg rating - ‎58,383 votes


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