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I first tried to read Ulysses aged about 14 (I was an annoying little boy that way) and didn't get very far. The first three chapters are set in and around the mind of Stephen Dedalus, one of the most ridiculously clever and over-educated characters ever conceived, as he takes breakfast with some friends, teaches in a school some miles south of Dublin and walks along a beach. Along the way, his mind ruminates on subjects as diverse as 16th century underworld slang, his dead mother, and something he calls "the ineluctable modality of the visible" which I'm still struggling with. But he's a curiously ambiguous character, this Stephen; he fancies himself as a poet and rebel but when, on the beach, he picks his nose, he has a quick look around to see that nobody's watching before he smears the snot on a rock. (Joyce likes to poke fun at pretension this way - although he doesn't suggest that Stephen's ideas or rebel stance are completely hollow, either.)
The 14-year-old me didn't get that far. I gave up. It wasn't until I was 19 or so that I got as far as chapter four and encountered a Mr. Bloom, pottering around the kitchen making breakfast, that I started to get a grip. Bloom is one of the most likeable characters in fiction. He's a quiet, rather shy, oddly intelligent advertising salesman married to a voluptuous siren of a wife, Molly.Read more ›
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The book every English speaker should pit against his/her own vocabulary against from time to time. It may be the best book for brilliant uses of English ever written. Read morePublished 2 days ago by C. Williams
I'm not exactly sure why this is regarded as one of the best books of literature. It's extremely boring and most will have no idea what the author is talking about at all. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Neoking
I guess it's my fault for not being more thorough but I really was not expecting the format of this edition. It's double the size of a regular book and it's printed in two columns.Published 16 days ago by Richard H.
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I read every bit of this novel, and a good bit of it twice; the parts I could stand. I know this is suppose to be one of the greatest novels ever written and a modernist... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Francis C. Donnelly
It's James Joyce, for goodnessake, sit back and enjoy great writing !Published 29 days ago by Art S.