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Ulysses And Us by Declan Kiberd
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One of those "I'm reclaiming x from the intellectuals on behalf of the common reader" sort of books that securely tenured professors seem to delight in writing (of course ignoring the irony of doing so - given they would never have obtained their current job by writing such a book). This was a decent reading of Ulysses, though a bit of a misnomer in that the chapter headings are more concepts to be riffed upon than actually proofs that Joyce celebrates them each as part of the "art of living." This reminded me a lot of Frank Budgen's "James Joyce and the Making of Ulysses" (also misnamed) in that it attempted to set aside questions of style to get to ones of substance. But you really need to have read Ulysses many times before Kiberd's characterizations become as common-sense and reader-accessible as he claims they are. The last few chapters about earlier influences were more interesting than the plot summaries of the chapters of the book.
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December 4, 2013 – Started Reading
December 4, 2013 – Shelved
December 9, 2013 – Finished Reading

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