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Ulysses by James Joyce
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Apr 04, 2011

did not like it
bookshelves: literature-classic
Read in April, 2011

I believe that I have never enjoyed a book LESS than this!

In fact, after getting through almost half of it (8 Episodes out of 18), I haven't a clue as to what the story is about - if there is a story at all. I know, its supposed to have some literary connection to the Odyssey - but even with looking for it I could find no connections whatsoever (even with the help of a cheat sheet).

With his structural complexity, stream of consciousness style, and his lexicon of over 30,000 words to dazzle the literary world with his modern brilliance - I'm left conclude that he spoke the truth of his goals and hopes for the book when he once was quoted as saying that he: "put in so many enigmas and puzzles that it will keep the professors busy for centuries arguing over what I meant." His search for immortality in the literary pantheon seems to have earned him the place he sought in history - but I can't help but think that he did nothing for art and humanity in the end.

Such is all pursuits of vain-glory! It's all just so much blowing in the wind!!
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