Sunday, April 8, 2012

Ulysses by James Joyce (5 down, 95 to go)

This is the first time I’ve read Ulysses or James Joyce. Ulysses is a modernist novel, told mostly in stream of consciousness, recounting a single day in the life of Leopold Bloom, Dublin Ireland, 1904.

My Rating: 2 1/2 of 5 stars



Film rendition: Really?


  1. Hi Joseph,

    Good to see that you are onto the next novel. Sorry, I can't help you with Ulysses. All I know is that it is a very difficult read and that Joyce uses a 'stream of consciousness'style. Plus it is considered to be one of the greatest novels of the 20th century. To which you reply "Really?" I should move onto the next one on your list. I'm looking forward to reading your thoughts on Charles Dickens' novels as I know you very much admire them, whereas I struggle. I enjoy the BBC TV adaptations, but cannot get into the books.

    Hope you are well and getting into the baseball season.

    Best wishes,


  2. LOL! You should try reading Finnegan's Wake. It is 10 times worse, but I read every last word and loved it after the fact. I actually really like James Joyce (and I am not just saying that too appear clever). The novels are not so fun to read but they are great to analyze and pick apart and Finnegan's Wake has extremely clever quotes and plays on words in it.

    1. The problem with Joyce, if you hate him you run the risk of seeming simple, if you love him you run the risk of seeming pretentious. I have The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man coming up, but by size alone, it seems much less daunting. Thanks for the feedback.


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