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James Joyce's Ulysses by Stuart Gilbert
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Jun 14, 2010

really liked it

Worth reading if you're interested in the Homeric parallels in Ulysses. The information at times can seem highly esoteric and there are large passages of untranslated non-English text——somewhat off-putting for someone like myself who is currently operating with only a semi-functional understanding of English as it is. Still, one can gleam some intersting tidbits just by skimming areas you're curious about.

Some episodes play more to their Homeric references better than others, "Telemachus," "Cyclops," and "Circe" being a few. Supposedly Joyce basically sat down and co-wrote this book with Stewart, so a lot of the information comes straight from the horse's mouth.

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