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“Whatever spark or gift I possess has been transmitted to Lucia and it has kindled a fire in her brain.†—James Joyce, 1934 Most accounts of James Joyce’s family portray Lucia Joyce as the mad daughter of a man of genius, a difficult burden. But in this important new book, Carol Loeb Shloss reveals a different, more dramatic truth: her father loved Lucia, and they s“Whatever spark or gift I possess has been transmitted to Lucia and it has kindled a fire in her brain.†—James Joyce, 1934 Most accounts of James Joyce’s family portray Lucia Joyce as the mad daughter of a man of genius, a difficult burden. But in this important new book, Carol Loeb Shloss reveals a different, more dramatic truth: her father loved Lucia, and they shared a deep creative bond.Lucia was born in a pauper’s hospital and educated haphazardly across Europe as her penniless father pursued his art. She wanted to strike out on her own and in her twenties emerged, to Joyce’s amazement, as a harbinger of expressive modern dance in Paris. He described her then as a wild, beautiful, “fantastic being†whose mind was “as clear and as unsparing as the lightning.†The family’s only reader of Joyce, she was a child of the imaginative realms her father created, and even after emotional turmoil wrought havoc with her and she was hospitalized in the 1930s, he saw in her a life lived in tandem with his own.Though most of the documents about Lucia have been destroyed, Shloss painstakingly reconstructs the poignant complexities of her life—and with them a vital episode in the early history of psychiatry, for in Joyce’s efforts to help her he sought the help of Europe’s most advanced doctors, including Jung. In Lucia’s world Shloss has also uncovered important material that deepens our understanding of Finnegans Wake, the book that redefined modern literature....

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  • Max Nemtsov
    2019-03-02 10:05

    Великолепная и жуткая книга — едва ли не самая полезная из того био-библиографического, что я читал в последние годы (если честно, то не с чем даже сравнить). Ну, это, в общем, несколько феминистская и неофилософская реконструкция того, что случилось с Лючией Джойс, основанная на текстологическом анализе «Финнеганов» и на тех немногих огрызках документов, что остались у нас вопреки упырям-наследникам. Что же там было на самом деле, мы, вероятно, не узнаем никогда, даже если дождемся смерти внука Джойса.Основной инструмент у Кэрол Шлосс, в силу обстоятельств такой информационной пустыни, — аналогия и троп. В научную силу таких методов мы можем не верить, конечно, но кто сказал, что «Финнеганы» — обычный объект для исследования? Как нам показывает автор, эту книгу как не понимали толком никогда, так не понимают до сих пор — а если учитывать плотность смыслов, в ней заложенных и так взаимодействующих друг с другом, что внутри текста уже давно изобрели не только колесо, но и свою письменность, так она представляется поистине неисчерпаемой. Мистикой в ней проникнуто буквально все.О книге же Шлосс, боюсь, получится, только невнятно булькать, поскольку — не пересказывать же ее целиком, а без этого донести ее кайф до людей, которые ее не читали, не выйдет. Степень моего читательского охуения перед той поистине детективной мета-литературоведческой работой, которую проделала автор, была так велика, что я даже забывал пометки делать или что-то подчеркивать. Поэтому несколько разрозненных огрызков впечатлений. Там прекрасный обзор контркультурной сцены 20-х годов ХХ века — то, о чем мы почти совсем ничего не знаем. Дада, прото-сюрреалисты, «викторианские хиппи» — все вот это вот, в чем активно по молодости вращалась Лючия (помимо той тусовки, которая магнетически притягивалась к папе). Становится окончательно понятно, что ни битники, ни, тем паче, хиппи конца 60-х ничего радикально нового в духовный квест человечества не внесли — скорее продолжили, вульгаризировали и упростили то, что совершили в конце XIX — начале ХХ веков те, кто отрывались от зарегулированного викторианства, порождая тем самым мощную протестную волну. Только вместо джаза и рок-н-ролла у них был танец как универсальное средство отрыва. И Лючия тут была, что называется, на переднем крае. Главное и для литературы, и для прочих видов человеческого искусства было — после ужасов Великой войны, понятно, поскольку мы уже знаем, что без великих войн великой литературы, увы, не получается, — прорыв к новым (или даже несуществующим) средствам выражения невыразимого, подсознательного, подавляемого общественной моралью. И в этом «Финнеганы», само собой, близки к тому, что сейчас у нас зовется танцем-модерн. Ну и еще становится понятно, что из этой сцены (парижского, в частности) авангарда страна Россия оказалась эффективно выключена благодаря известно чему. Тусовка Дягилева была даже не самой передовой в этом смысле — гораздо передовее были балеты не русские, а шведские, хотя роль русских в судьбе самой Лючии трудно переоценить. Если бы не Понизовский, который в трудах русских «джойсоведов» (даже Хоружего) удостаивается хорошо если полутора строк, — многого в ее трагической и нелепой жизни попросту бы не случилось или случилось не так кошмарно. А без Лючии бы не было «Финнеганов», приходится признать (и автор нам это вполне убедительно доказывает).Переосмысление же «Финнеганов» согласно новым полученным вводным, видимо, займет у меня еще какое-то время, поэтому в заключение скажу только, что ни одна семья в мировой истории и культуре не вызывает (у меня, ок), столько интереса, как эта. Можно долго спекулировать, почему так, но Нора и Джорджо в ней после всего сейчас узнанного уже никогда не будут прежними. Понять их, конечно, можно, а вот простить — вряд ли.Постскриптум. Да, стоит заметить, если кому-то интересно, что переводить ее на русский не имеет смысла - в русскоязычном дискурсе не существует не только самих "Финнеганов" (если не считать отдельных попыток бастардизации отдельных кусков текста в диапазоне от нелепо-героических до отвратительно-возмутительных), но и адекватных переводов Бекетта (а его тексты тоже важны). Ну и Эллмановой биографии самого Джойса (даже в ее санированном виде) нет, если не считать известной ее кражи и оглупления одним мерзавцем-фантастом, как не существует Ноулзоновой биографии Бекетта. Из всего полезного для лучшего чтения книги Шлосс есть только "История безумия" Фуко. Такой вот замечательный случай, когда в саду расходящихся тропок они вдруг сходятся.

  • Elizabeth Madden
    2019-03-23 16:11

    Informative on the subject of Lucia's life and the mutual influences (Joyce & Lucia). Given so little written "evidence" about Lucia's thoughts/ experiences exists, as her letters and other writings have been destroyed/suppressed, I think Ms Loeb-Shloss does a very creditable job. As a Joycean, I certainly feel a lot better informed about Lucia than I was prior to reading this. Nora/Brenda Maddox "fans" have attacked the book,making strong complints about "Anti-Nora" bias/"unfair" attribution of responsibility for L's problems onto her mother, but I would tend to disagree. I'd love to read more about this interesting individual & her family.

  • Diann Blakely
    2019-03-22 11:14

    ULYSSES, Joyce once boasted, is so replete with puzzles and enigmas that "it will keep the professors busy for centuries arguing over what I meant, and that's the only way of insuring one's immortality." Surely the most heartbreaking—and the most unintentional—enigma Joyce left behind was his own notoriously troubled daughter, Lucia, the subject of Schloss's biography. Was Lucia schizophrenic, Schloss asks, or was her behavior the result of living by—and living out—the fractured puzzle of language that Joyce used to represent the border between conscious and subconscious states of being, the famous "stream of consciousness" that hums through our heads, mostly unheard, during our waking hours? Schloss, like Joyce, rejects the diagnosis of schizophrenia most doctors applied to Lucia; at worst, Schloss agrees with Jung, the young woman's most famous medical advisor, that if language was a river, her father swam or allowed himself to fall through the water, while Lucia eventually drowned.(originally published in the NASHVILLE SCENE / Village Voice Media)

  • Clare
    2019-03-08 13:47

    I was very disappointed with this book: Lucia Joyce, James Joyce's famously disturbed only daughter led a fascinating life. Loeb Schloss, however, disturbs the story with irrelevant hypotheticals and speculation, imagines scenarios that didn't actually happen in attempts at thought experiments, and generally butchers a story interesting enough on its own. It is a particular shame because this book has become the poster child for the battle against the James Joyce estate, who keeps a very tight lid on Joyce's material, limiting its use by academics- very frustrating for anyone trying to publish scholarly work.

  • Mandee Forehand
    2019-02-27 13:58

    I was astounded, intrigued, and saddened by the accounts of mistreatment she received, not only by her doctors but by her own family. I have questions that may never be answered, assumptions that may never be verified, and a curiosity that will probably never be extinguished. I am now on a quest to read everything I can get my hands on in order to quench this thirst.

  • Grace
    2019-02-26 12:13

    Lucia Joyce is one of the most fascinating people that ever existed. This book contains rare photographs and exciting insights into her mysterious, strange life.

  • Jude Woodcock
    2019-03-16 10:49

    I was interested in this book because of Lucia s dance. I am not a James joyce expert. Far from it. Although as a professional dancer, I was part of the choreography and performance of F. Wake. I feel the book is overly burdened with too many minor people that came in contact with the Joyce world. For me it made for labor intensive reading trying to keep all these people in check.I certainly don't feel Lucia was crazy. I feel she was a woman way before her time. And dance world lost an extremely creative and adventurous woman, when she quit her passion. Anyone who feels the need to move, would go nuts being in a straitjacket or restricted to a bed and told to rest? That is why Lucia (showed) improvement when she participated in sports. Movement is what made her feel alive. Unfortunately at a time when women had so little freedom even Lucia. Although her upbringing would say differently. She could have had the legacy of a Martha Graham if she had just a bit of encouragement. And if I were ever restricted for moving whether it be dance or sports, I would go ducking nuts too.

  • Fran
    2019-03-14 10:53

    Unfortunately I do not have a strong background where James Joyce is concerned and this was a handicap since there were many words spent in this book on Finnegan's Wake for which Lucia Joyce, his daughter, served both as muse and subject. While I appreciate the intensive research required for this book, it was tough going. I was interested in Lucia's life as a dancer, and it was painful to learn that this vital stream to her life was dead ended and that other opportunities for her creative expression were few when she was in her mid-twenties. This would be less likely to happen in our current world. Her behaviour was labelled as crazy and her father tried to provide her with the best psychiatric care available in Europe at the time, but unfortunately her experiences as a patient/inmate of institutions did not provide the kind of healing she needed (noting the male dominated medical profession that focused on the treatment of "insane," mostly women). Her father struggled to figure out what was best for her, especially after the invasion of France by the Nazis, as he knew about the cleansing of mental institutions being undertaken by the Nazis. There was a lot of interpretation in this book - of motives, behaviour that bogged it down for me. The book did open up the world of the Joyces, the social milieu that they were part of and that surrounded them, the psychiatric thinking of the day, the role of women and Joyce's brilliance and suffering. So, I am glad that I persisted.

  • aya
    2019-03-23 13:11

    The tenuous lines between in/sanity/genius, art/family/obligation. Lucia Joyce is fascinating not just in relation to her father and their relationship, but also as a dancer whose sanity was questioned and in the end, decided for her by her family. the book is too long for the amount of actual information that exists about lucia-it is written like a thesis with enormous amounts of secondary sources and extraneous information, but the core is incredibly interesting. although the author makes it a point to say that lucia is significant in her own right and that is how she will examine her, the book is ultimately focused on lucia as joyce's daughter and how their relationship formed and deformed her.

  • Capili April
    2019-02-21 17:04

    Its subject alone makes it worth reading: the books tells the story of Lucia, Joyce's daughter, who was considered mentally ill and spent most of her life in institutions. But it relates a narrative that has been kept hidden or ignored by Joyce's biographers: Lucia was an artist in her own right, one whose life was sacrificed for the sake of her father's genius. This pokes holes in the simplistic view that she simply went mad. There are also very controversial suggestions--many of them hard to prove because letters to, by, and about Lucia had been destroyed. The most memorable points made by Carol Loeb Schloss, I believe, are that Lucia and Joyce engaged each other creatively and that the latter loved the former infinitely.

  • Leslie
    2019-03-08 15:45

    A long, interesting look into the Joyce family and the time and places they lived. This book is well researched and detailed and the author tells the reader when there is no or scanty information, as many documents were destroyed.Was Lucia mad? I don't think she would be locked up today. It did sound like she was pretty neurotic and also very repressed by the society and her family's expectations. The author speculates quite a bit, it's sort of a psycho-biography, which I enjoyed very much. She doesn't present her opinions as facts, but she makes good sense.I think Lucia would have had a very different fate had she lived now instead of the earlier part of the 20th century.

  • David Markwell
    2019-03-08 15:09

    A fascinating look at Lucia Joyce and her life. Daughter of James Joyce and an accomplished dancer she suffered from madness that would eventually take her life. Joyce felt that her madness was his gift without an outlet. My reading of Finnegans Wake was heavily influenced by this book (I am not sure Joyce would have it any other way). A great read.

  • David
    2019-03-14 10:47

    A carefully researched and moving biography of Lucia Joyce the disturbed and disturbing daughter of James Joyce. She danced like a silver fish with Paris's lost generation but slowly lost her own way through love affairs and personal disappointment, almost drowning in the wake of her father, abandoned by the rest of her family and unable to fulfil the brilliant ambition of her youth.

  • Jennifer
    2019-03-14 13:14

    I was disappointed. This book is not quite academic enough to be a textbook, but at the same time not interesting enough to be an enjoyable read. Which is a shame since the subject matter is so fascinating.

  • Katie O
    2019-02-28 10:45

    I want to take it as the pure truth but I know much of the historical evidence has been destroyed. I still love reading about this brilliant and fascinating young woman. Working on a show about Finnegan's Wake, ALP and Lucia right now!

  • Meg Wallace
    2019-02-28 12:08

    Fascinating look at James Joyce's talented and troubled daughter. What an incredible world she lived in, sadly in a time when dealing with any mental illness or trouble meant locking one up in an institution indefinitely.

  • Tina.
    2019-03-06 10:00

    A life of the genius's daughter.

  • Aloha
    2019-03-24 15:55

    Supplemental material:http://www.lucia-the-authors-cut.info

  • teresa
    2019-03-05 11:59

    Just watched the mivie Nora with Ewan MacGregor as Joyce. Didn't want to read the Nora biography nor one just about Joyce. Lucia dated Samuel Beckett and was a patient of Jung.

  • Sarah
    2019-03-05 15:45

    Really interesting bio - the daughter of a great genius hidden in the shadows until now.

  • Travelpages
    2019-03-15 12:09

    I was very disappointed in this book. I had looked forward to reading it for quite awhile but couldn't even finish it. I felt like the author, who faced challenges, admittedly, finding reference information about L. Joyce, instead made vast generalizations or wandered into convoluted assumptions to support her arguments. I started skimming through it about a third of the way through and finally gave up. It should have been a fascinating subject - instead, it just felt like a long trudge with no reward at the end.