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Ulysses Annotated by Don Gifford
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May 27, 09

It's been about two years since I read Ulysses, and reviewing it today I had to go back and add an extra star for this "greatest novel of all time". I had to add it, not because I found the book itself any more enjoyable. Having read the monstrous text three times now, I completely recognize its literary merit despite loathing every moment I've spent trenching through its thick, over-analyzed language. But that was what got the book its first three stars -- I knew it could not be ignored. However, since reading it I've found it even more difficult to ignore. References to Ulysses are everywhere. Yes. I say, yes. Yes. In the ineluctable modality of the visual I see Ulysses and Stephen and Bloom wherever I go, and I find that I actual find a lot of pleasure in this. Like Stephen, I revel in the my little academic victories, and I find that I enjoy Ulysses more now that I've seen it in the world. So 4 stars it is.

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