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Ulysses follows Leopold Bloom through the course of an ordinary day in Dublin, Ireland, in 1904. While the novel is structured after Homer's Odyssey, this is not a mythic journey of classical proportions. Bloom is a modern everyman, and Joyce's Dublin is populated by a cast of average townspeople—rich and poor, scholars and drunks, priests and prostitutes. Joyce's frank treatment of such themes as sexuality and religion is matched with plenty of word play, complex references, and stylistic tricks. By no means easy, this important novel is a literary black belt for any reader.
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Opening Lines (Experimental)
STATELY, PLUMP BUCK MULLIGAN CAME FROM THE STAIRHEAD, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed. A yellow dressinggown, ungirdled, was sustained gently behind him by the mild morning air. He held the bowl aloft and intoned:
--INTROIBO AD ALTARE DEI.
Halted, he peered down ...
Reviewed by lmgraham on Oct 24, 2011
I really could not get into this book. I found it so hard to read! I didn't actually get through the book - I ended up deleting about half of the instalments I received so I could start a new book...Kudos to those who can get through this one!
Reviewed by womanofsalt on Jun 10, 2009
Stream of consciousness at its best
Stream of consciousness can be hard to read because the flow seems chopping and its hard to follow. When reading think of it more as what people think while living their lives than what they actually say.
Reviewed by Germaine on Apr 23, 2009
Ulysses died aborning
Nowhere near the romantic breath of the original Ulysses. Very disappointing.
Reviewed by MichaelH on Jun 30, 2008
Difficult but worth the effort
First published in 1922 and immediately recognized as a classic of modernist literature, Ulysees stands as one of the greatest novels of the 20th century. Notoriously tough, sometimes obscure, but always worth the effort!
Reviewed by hwb2000 on Jan 3, 2009
I agree with Michael h in that it is difficilt. I'm not sure I agree it was worth the effort. Read it as someone wrote it was the greatest piece of English literature written. I don't think it's near Shakespeare in quality but it did have it's moments of interest.
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Ratings for 'Ulysses' by Joyce, James