I'm actually in the middle of reading this right now (I've just finished the Nausicaa episode to be exact). So far
My impressions at the halfway point:
I'm actually in the middle of reading this right now (I've just finished the Nausicaa episode to be exact). So far, so good. I'm enjoying it very much, but only because I'm cheating. I'm reading with the help of the book The New Bloomsday Book: A Guide Through Ulysses by Harry Blamires. I went to the library to see if I could borrow an annotated edition of _Ulysses_ but they didn't have one so I borrowed this book instead. A great paraphrase which elucidates most of the allusions and cross-references, without trying to interpret the book for the reader. I'd highly recommend it.
I'm not done yet, but I can tell you, it's definitely worth the read.
And when I was done (I was just about speechless, LOL):
What a great book! Challenging, sure but absolutely wonderful. I admit I did find parts of it a little slow and other parts difficult, but over all I really enjoyed it. A masterpiece. I loved it. I felt like kissing James Joyce when I was done.
A nice bit of history about the men and women who dreamed of and put together the Oxford English Dictionary over the course of a few decades. I love dA nice bit of history about the men and women who dreamed of and put together the Oxford English Dictionary over the course of a few decades. I love dictionaries, the OED in particular. I have its little brother the CanOx2 sitting on my desk right now. I like reading about scholars too, having once dreamed myself of being one of them. Winchester does a good job of balancing the history of the bureaucratic and bibliogony side of things and the biographies of the people involved, making for an entertaining read.
It made me want to buy a copy of the dictionary and read it from cover to cover to cover......more