As it was Bloomsday yesterday, I've decided to flagellate myself and read Uysses. I tried a few years back, and gave up, so I might need some encouragement this time around. Anyone want to do this with me? We could have our own stickied thread, and everything. I'm 50 pages in, so there's only about 660 left.
(Original post by qua)
I'm in, I read it for uni two years ago but recently decided to read it again. Are you familiar with Homer's Odyssey? Helps a great deal.
Yeah, I read it (along with the Iliad) a few years ago. I found the first 20 or so pages of Ulysses to be written quite 'normally' (as in, realistic, third person prose), but then after that it got mental
I did read War and Peace a few years back, which is longer than Ulysses, but I actually found it a lot easier to read in terms of individual words and sentences.
I know someone who has read Finnegan's Wake, which must be an absolutely insane experience.
Essential to have either the Oxford or Penguin or similarly annotated edition of Ulysses for it to even begin to make sense imo. I have the Oxford edition and the extra material and notes are not only fascinating in themselves but incredibly enlightening; it also reconciles each episode with the corresponding events from The Odyssey.