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Ulysses by James Joyce
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Jan 20, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: classics, united-kingdom, fiction

I didn't "dislike" this classic -- and in fact, there were certain passages that spoke to me. But not all of it, and not in a way that I can look over my shoulder and say this book strongly influenced or moved me. I'm glad I took the time and effort to read it, but my feelings toward it remain mostly neutral.

This book is at its best when at its earthiest; a girl with a brace leg offering a yonder man a peek at her drawers, a man frying up organs to eat, the gatherings at pubs and the nonsensical wending of conversation therein. Some might delight in Joyce's experimentation with form, and I can see how this would make it a treasure to study with educated friends. But as a bedside read, it starts off strong and wavers in easy accessibility toward the end, but nonetheless remains strewn with visual gems and thought-provoking embedded statements on human nature.

A must read, but take your time and discuss it at every step of the way. Would read again.
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