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from a charity shop for a pound so i thought itd be worth a go. has anyone read it? is it really that difficult?
...it's hard to focus your energies.
As for me, I don't even know what books are.
slap you down then before that second post
i tried reading it once. read about five pages ten times and gave up.
then i said i would read it last summer, but didnt. maybe this summer
there is (what feels like) a thirty-page section on the main character's opinion of Hamlet. i really tried to read it a pace - it's probably not what Joyce-fanatics would suggest but you'd go insane otherwise trying to untangle every word. it's great in the sense the tone of the book is always shifting and that is really tangible.
personally i prefer the short stories of his in Dubliners, or Portrait of the Artist - but Ulysses is rightly his greatest work.
finnegans wake, possibly the most absurd piece of literature ever manifested.... masterpiece or ridiculous irish self indulgence????
a bit of a failure in terms of being readable.
Although I know people who have read it and claim that once you get started and used to the language, it's quite easy to understand. Like Chaucer or something/
If you manage to enjoy it - not because you feel you should, but actually desire to pick it up and persevere - then you will earn my utmost respect
but I've read some other Joyce stuff. Expect a difficult journey
But because Joyce's work develops chronologically, it's probably better to read Dubliners and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.
Also, the best bit of advice I feel I've ever been given on Ulysses is to not worry about it being notoriously difficult or a major milestone in English literature or really experimental or whatever. Like, Joyce wasn't like Woolf and all those pretentious cunts; above all else he'd be interested in you having FUN reading Ulysses, hence it being filled with dirty jokes and booze. It's supposed to be a very beautiful stylised laugh more than a massive, insurmountable challenge that you feel obliged to read. The most important thing with Joyce (or any English literature really) is to ENJOY reading him, and if you don't, then don't bother
I've not read all of it but have read massive swathes. I did English work on A Clockwork Orange and the stylism in that borrows heavily from Ulyssees.
That's James Joyce, right? And nothing to do with cycloptic giants in ancient Greece?
although, it kind of does having something to do with Cycloptic giants in Ancient Greece. He is retelling the story of Odysseus/Ulysses, only setting it in bawdy, grubby 1920s Dublin.
That explains why I have always got the two confused. Apologies for my utter lack of culture :D
du du du du du du gaa-lax-y-ee
but i got the idiot instead. it looked more............mountable.
made me have a nervous breakdown whilst studying it for A-Level English Literature, so I owed never to read Joyce again. Good luck though.
is one of my favourite things ever.
I was very glad that the person who gave it back to me had not had to pick up the previous day's book, the viz profanosaurus.
I gave up after an old lady went to give them some milk but they had no money and went swimming with an english man who may or may not have liked bacon.
To be fair, I only wanted to read about 3 sentences that I'd heard somewhere so I dunno if it was a great idea to read a book that size for so little... Roll on War and Peace.
I decided to read something I would actually enjoy instead.