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Ulysses
Ulysses | James Joyce
Originally reviled as obscure and obscene, Joyce's masterpiece now stands as one of the great literary achievements of the twentieth century. Loosely based on Homer's Odyssey, the novel traces the paths of Leopold Bloom and other Dubliners through an ordinary summer day and night in 1904 a typical day, transformed by Joyce's narrative powers into an epic celebration of life.First editions of Ulysses rank among the modern rare book trade's most valuable finds. This reprint of the original edition is not only the least expensive version available but also the truest to the author's vision. Many experts have reinterpreted the novel's surviving drafts to produce revised texts, but this edition remains the version that Joyce himself reviewed and corrected prior to the initial publication. A new Introduction by Joyce scholar Enda Duffy offers an enlightening and enthusiastic welcome to a landmark of modern literature.
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Jen2
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Really enjoyed the narrator‘s accent but I have no idea what happened!

dabbe This book and Finnigan‘s Wake scare me to death! 😂 1w
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michellelav
Ulysses | James Joyce
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Guyyyssss, I tried SO hard to get through this book but I‘m 9hrs in out of 42 and I just can‘t do it 😭 it‘s on my scratch off poster so I was trying so hard to get it done but I‘m so lost, bored and just keep zoning out. And that‘s with a website guide for each book 🙃 You win some, you lose some 🤷🏻‍♀️

TieDyeDude Scratch it off, you tried! 2mo
michellelav @TieDyeDude I did, I‘m not trying that one again 😂 2mo
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TheEllieMo
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After 5 months of reading, I finished this one in June, which was otherwise a very disappointing reading month for me 😔, so despite being tricky to read and mostly bonkers, this one is my #12BooksOf2023 choice.

@Andrew65

Andrew65 A classic! 2mo
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BC_Dittemore
Ulysses | James Joyce
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Ok. I‘m done.

I have now read and listened to Ulysses in the same year. Not only that, but I have listened to Kevin Birmingham‘s The Most Dangerous Book which goes deep into the book‘s history. Plus scholarly lectures, other various resources, and reading The Odyssey.

I have officially had my fill. ⬇️

BC_Dittemore I must admit I am impressed with the performances of Donal Donnelly and Miriam Haley-Louie. I said in my last review that I would be interested to see how anyone could narrate Ulysses. Well, this pair rise above and beyond; their performances imbue the text with an intrinsic value that is often lost in the bravura of Joyce‘s ambition. Haley-Louie especially brings a much needed humanity to the Penelope episode. ⬇️
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BC_Dittemore On one level I truly appreciate what Joyce attempts — it is an effort at which to marvel. But at the same time, I really don‘t enjoy Ulysses. I suppose I will now be able to understand some high-brow joke or reference whenever one comes up along my path. But I don‘t ever see me walking down it a third time.
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TheEllieMo
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Two finishes on day 1 of the #20in4 Readathon; bit of a cheat, really, given that I‘ve been reading Ulysses since March and had literally one sentence left to read - this being Joyce, though, that sentence was 10 pages long… I needed to read the relevant section of Patrick Hastings‘ Guide before each section of Ulysses!

@Andrew65

Andrew65 That‘s brilliant 👏👏👏 8mo
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BC_Dittemore
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(1/6) I cannot possibly give Ulysses an official rating. Truthfully, I hated nearly every minute of it. Often, while reading, or mulling over what I just read, I was struck by the idea that Joyce was a troll. If Joyce was brought back to life, he would be in hysterics about the mythical status that Ulysses has achieved. The entire novel is a joke played on its readers; Ulysses is the definition of pretentious.

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BC_Dittemore
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(2/6) Joyce can‘t help but jump out on every page with “See what I did there? Admire my intellectual prowess.” If not for the help of supplemental resources I would have been unable to appreciate Joyce‘s efforts in the least.

To those who are more perceptible to subtext, I applaud your dedication and ability—as I read a chapter then sought assistance decoding it, I was amazed by the layers revealed by people who truly love this book.

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BC_Dittemore
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(3/6) It becomes apparent that there is, in fact, some form of enjoyment here, and in its own right I can see why it‘s considered a staple of literature. But does it have to be written so damn badly? And when I say written, I do simply mean the text. Say as much as you want to about the specific goal Joyce was trying to achieve, about some style he was imitating, or some statement he was making about language:

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BC_Dittemore
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(4/6) At the end of the day Joyce‘s prose is dull and just plain bad. It‘s a good thing that what's on the page isn‘t the end of Ulysses because if it weren‘t for what‘s beneath the page, that would‘ve been the end of Ulysses.

What‘s funny about the whole thing? I will reread it. Not right away but in the near future. In fact I‘ve already downloaded an audiobook version because I am curious how the hell anyone could read this thing out loud.

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BC_Dittemore
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(5/6) And I am curious if it does improve on a second reading, as most people claim. In fact, as much as I hated reading this book, I am in awe of its scope and what Joyce did. Honestly, I‘m a bit pissed off about that.

So yeah, I can‘t rate this. I couldn‘t possibly recommend reading it for enjoyment — it‘s the type of book you read to simply say “I read it,” then toss in a shoulder shrug like, “No big thing.”

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BC_Dittemore
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(6/6) Or the type of book you read in the name of some scholarly pursuit. So was Joyce a troll or was he a genius? I still don‘t know. But regardless, he manages to achieve some form of dark magic with Ulysses. Like dark magic the book takes advantage of you, tricks you, then makes you servile. As also with dark magic you typically know the consequences from the outset; those who continue down that path, do so at their own risk.

Pikathulhu This is hands down my favorite review of Ulysses I've ever read! 8mo
BC_Dittemore @Pikathulhu Oh wow! Thank you. 8mo
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suvata
Ulysses | James Joyce
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HAPPY BLOOMSDAY!

Bloomsday is a commemoration and celebration of the life of Irish writer James Joyce, observed annually in Dublin and elsewhere on 16 June, the day his novel Ulysses takes place in 1904, the date of his first outing with his wife-to-be, Nora Barnacle, and named after its protagonist Leopold Bloom.

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TheEllieMo
Ulysses | James Joyce
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Me: *tries to be intellectual by reading Ulysses”

Also me: “I carried a watermelon!”

Rissreads Bahahaha! This made me snort! ♥️🤣 9mo
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BC_Dittemore
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One of my favorite perks of Audible Premium is the inclusion of many of The Great Courses lectures, which are wonderful and I recommend checking them out…
Well, last week I started Ulysses, and honestly, it‘s way over my head. So, I thought I‘d look for one of the many companion guides to help me make sense of this literary enigma, and what did I come across? A Great Course. I‘m excited to supplement my Ulysses experience with this.

TheEllieMo I‘m about three quarters of the way through, reading a couple of pages a day - it‘s a tough one to get through. I‘m using Patrick Hastings https://www.ulyssesguide.com website to help me! 9mo
BC_Dittemore @TheEllieMo yes! I‘ve actually been looking through that as well. It‘s where I got the idea to see what other resources were available 9mo
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yourfavouritemixtape
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Yes. I have finished Ulysses! Feel very accomplished and proud. I will never read it again, though 😂 I am fascinated by it as a piece of art (when art is doing things with words). But it‘s not a story.

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TheEllieMo
Ulysses | James Joyce
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Thought I‘d challenge myself this year by reading a chunkster Boxall or two, and Ulysses is one of them. I don‘t know really know anything about James Joyce.

Was he as much of a misogynist as this paragraph would suggest?

IndoorDame Yikes! 11mo
Dilara No idea, but I seem to remember he wasn't very nice to his wife? 11mo
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Leftcoastzen
Ulysses | James Joyce
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#MarchMagic #IrishAuthor playing catch up!I have other copies of this book , but this #ModernLibrary edition has character & a wonderful typeface!

Eggs Charming! 12mo
Ruthiella Beautiful edition, though I didn‘t enjoy reading it! 😂 12mo
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Branwen
Ulysses | James Joyce
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Happy St Patrick's Day! 💚🍀💚🍀💚 Or, as I like to think of it...HAPPY JAMES JOYCE HERITAGE DAY! 😂💚💚💚

tpixie 🍀🍀🍀 12mo
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Pip2
Ulysses | James Joyce
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I am sorry to say that was the worst book I have ever read from cover to cover. Never again will I reread this monstrosity. This novel does not deserve the acclaim that it receives. Disjointed in perpetuity whereby the common tongue throughout the book was gibberish. Reading this novel according to literary reviews can be life or mind changing, the only thing that this novel has changed was my opinion of the author.

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yourfavouritemixtape
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Can‘t think of a better thing to do tonight…

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TheBookHippie
Ulysses | James Joyce
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📘Ulysses
✍🏼 Sigrid Undset
🎥Under The Tuscan Sun
🎤UB40
🎶Underdog Alicia Keys (saw her sing this live in 2022)

#manicmonday

Everyone play!

CBee Love this song ♥️ 1y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I LOVE Under the Tuscan Sun! I think I have an inner divorcee yearning to escape to Italy. 1y
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yourfavouritemixtape
Ulysses | James Joyce
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HAPPY 2023! Here we go with the New Year‘s Resolution.

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AnneCecilie
Ulysses | James Joyce
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I really like this cover, but it‘s a special edition with essays and maps. So it‘s a big bitter than the other edition and costs more.

I‘ve also been thinking about the Penguin Clothbound Edition.

All I know is that I want a hardback since I hate cracked spins and this is quite the chunkster.

Does anyone own a good edition of Ulysses or have any thoughts?

Ruthiella Are you reading this for the first time? 1y
AnneCecilie @Ruthiella Yes, and I want to get my hands on a good copy so I will get something out of it. 1y
Ruthiella I found it very difficult to read. I read a library copy and used a free online reading guide. Personally, I would not invest $ unless you are sure it will be a keeper. 1y
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BarbaraBB I agree with @Ruthiella It‘s a hard read, I used an online reading guide too. My copy was a Dutch translation. 1y
RowReads1 I‘m not familiar with that edition. I have it on my list. I loved Ulysses, however I would never call it an easy read, no matter what edition it is. I can figure out what edition I read if you like. 1y
RowReads1 The Gabler edition is supposed to be good. 1y
Daisey This is the new centenary edition, correct? I thought it looked interesting but it wasn‘t out yet when I bought my copy. I strongly recommend the Joyce Project website which has linked notes in an online text, and I posted some other resources I used when I read it earlier this year. 1y
AnneCecilie @Daisey That right, I think it came out sometime last year. I will look up that site when I start reading, hopefully sometime next year. 1y
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Saknicole
Ulysses | James Joyce
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Enjoying some remnants of summer after a rainy August. Dillon is off on a motorcycle ride and I am attempting Ulysses which I‘ve been putting off all summer.

Kimberlone Omg Ulysses?! 1y
Saknicole @Kimberlone it has been my very slow goal for this year 1y
Kimberlone Good luck 🙏🏼 1y
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batsy
Ulysses | James Joyce
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#AlphabetGame @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
Letter U

Slim pickings for my U choices, since I have more U-titled books on my TBR than I have read 🙈

I'm going with Ulysses, which I surprisingly loved and had a lot of fun reading. It's wild and it's a trip!!

erzascarletbookgasm I haven‘t read James Joyce 🤔 2y
Graywacke Some day. I‘m really intimidated by this, and pleased to know to you liked it so much. 2y
BarbaraBB You had fun reading Ulysses? I am impressed. I read it but was glad when it was over. I admit it was better than O expected on forehand! 2y
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batsy @erzascarletbookgasm His short stories probably the best way to see if he's your cup of tea 2y
batsy @Graywacke I understand being intimidated. I have to say that I read it for the first time over a 6 month seminar course, a real deep dive with two very enthusiastic professors and that definitely helped! 2y
batsy @BarbaraBB Yes, but as I mentioned to Dan above, studying it in a group was helpful to me. I might have struggled/bailed if I read it at a different time on my own. 2y
BarbaraBB @Graywacke This site really helped me (I think it was a recommendation by @Liz_M ) : https://www.shmoop.com/study-guides/literature/ulysses-joyce/summary 2y
BarbaraBB @batsy I used the summary mentioned above, I read a piece after each chapter that I finished to confirm for myself what I‘d been reading 🤣 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing 📚 2y
batsy @BarbaraBB I hear you; I referred to the SparkNotes site when we were doing the Shakespeare plays! 😆 2y
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Daisey
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June #BookSpinBingo! I completed 11 books this month, and I was most satisfied to make it through Ulysses on schedule for the #SandCoUlysses centenary read. I also truly appreciated the message of Tenant of Wildfell Hall (with #PemberLittens) although it was kind of a tough read in places as well. I also stayed on track with the #BibleBuddyRead so we‘re now officially halfway through our yearlong Bible read!

#ReadingStats #MonthlyStats

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vivastory
Ulysses | James Joyce
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In honor of the centennial of the events of Joyce's Ulysses, I'd like to post a link to Bloomsday by Irish band Fontaines D.C. Skinty Fia is one of my favorite albums of the year. If you like Joy Division or Interpol, give them a chance!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsiB_0C5-8c

Branwen Oh my gosh, this is so so cool! Thank you for sharing! 💚 2y
TrishB Oh my hubby never stops going on about this album 😁👍🏻 2y
batsy I love both JD & Interpol so I'll definitely be giving this a listen! 2y
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vivastory @batsy I think you'd like them 👏 2y
vivastory @TrishB Really?! Great tastes! 🤘 2y
vivastory @Branwen Hope you like it 💙 2y
Leftcoastzen Yay Bloomsday! 2y
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Branwen
Ulysses | James Joyce
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Well, I did it! Today I finished Penelope, the last chapter of Ulysses, and thus concluded my reread of the book on the best day possible - Bloomsday! ??? I had to scramble to finish the previous two chapters earlier in the week since I fell behind, but it was all worth it to get to that final chapter, which is my favorite!

"...yes I said yes I will Yes."

#ulysses

BkClubCare Happy Bloomsday! 2y
marleed Oh congrats! 2y
DivineDiana 👏🏻📚🎉 2y
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Ruthiella Perfect timing! 2y
Branwen @Ruthiella Right?! It was so perfect! 💕📚 @DivineDiana @marleed Thank you! 💕 @BkClubCare And to you as well! 💕 2y
arlenefinnigan Well timed! Nice t shirt, I have the same one 😉 2y
Branwen @arlenefinnigan Thanks! Ulysses fans unite! 🤣 2y
Daisey Wonderful! I have been busy lately and completely missed your post! I can‘t say this book is going to become a favorite, but I am so glad@to have read it this year and I did really like this annotated edition. 2y
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Branwen
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HAPPY BLOOMSDAY! 🎉💚🎉💚🎉💚🎉💚🎉💚🎉

June 16th, 1904 is the date on which Ulysses by James Joyce takes place! Because of this, the date has long been known and celebrated as Bloomsday! 💕📚 This year is even more special than most because it is the 100th anniversary of the publication on Ulysses! #ulysses

marleed Oh cool - Sep you collect copies of Ulysses!? 2y
Branwen @marleed It's not something I planned on doing...I just kept coming across editions that I really liked and couldn't say no to! 🤣 2y
melzen Cool! never heard of this day 2y
glowyone You're telling me that entire book takes place in a single day?! 2y
Branwen @glowyone Yes, it sure does! Isn't that so neat? 😃 2y
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Daisey
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✅ Completed! June 16 is the day on which Ulysses is set & I did manage to read it between February 2 (date of publication & Joyce‘s birthday) & today along with the Friends of Shakespeare & Co centenary read! I won‘t say I completely enjoyed it, but I believe it is well worth the effort of reading. I found all the writing styles fascinating, was amazed by the allusions, and truly enjoyed parts of it. Happy #Bloomsday!

#SandCoUlysses #1001books

Graywacke Congrats! 🙂 2y
DivineDiana 👏🏻🎉👏🏻 2y
wanderinglynn 🎉👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 Congrats! 2y
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Branwen Happy Bloomsday! 🎉💚🎉💚🎉 2y
Saknicole Awesome! That‘s my summer read that I am about to start! Nice work finishing it for Bloomsday! 2y
Daisey @Saknicole Fantastic! I‘ll look forward to seeing what you think of it. 2y
JazzFeathers 👏👏👏👏👏💪😁 2y
Daisey @JazzFeathers Thanks! I have Bible School prep this week, but hopefully after that I‘ll actually be able to get back to reading a few of Tolkien‘s letters again! 2y
JazzFeathers @Daisey I'm catching up at the moment. Just read the famous letter to Woldham yesterday night, the one where Tolkien told about the Silmarillion. Alwayscan emotion 💚 2y
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TheKidUpstairs
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#OnThisDay in (fictional) 1904 "Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead…" and the following Chronicle of a day in the life of Leopold Bloom left an indelible mark on the literary world. The first mention of a Bloomsday celebration comes from a letter written in 1924, and it has evolved into a global celebration of Joyce's work. One famous literary couple got married on 16 June 1956 to honour the day (any guesses who?) #HistoryGetsLIT

TrishB I thought it was Plath/Hughes but they‘re 1956 🤷‍♀️ 2y
TheKidUpstairs @TrishB and that's what I get for not reading it over before posting! Totally put the wrong year, oops! Updating now... 2y
TrishB 😁👍🏻 I‘m a mad Plath fan and it‘s my daughters birthday today so I don‘t forget! 2y
Graywacke @TrishB extra points for figuring this out and correcting the type-o ( @TheKidUpstairs - love your posts!) 2y
Branwen Happy Bloomsday! 🎉💚🎉💚🎉💚🎉 2y
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LeslieO
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andrew61
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#bookmoods #dnf
I rarely if ever bail but in the year of its publication I have to confess tried twice, failed twice. One day !!!!!!

Tamra I think it‘s an acquired taste….I haven‘t even tried! 🤭 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I used to always finish a book, but life is too short 🤪 2y
Graywacke Have you considered one of the companion guides? I have a one-day plan too, but I‘ll need that kind of help. 2y
Cathythoughts I never got past the first page , I‘m leaving it for my next lifetime 😁 2y
Centique @Cathythoughts me too Cathy!! 2y
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Daisey
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I‘ve made it to and have begun reading the final episode! Written from Molly‘s perspective, this one is tough for me because of the very meandering style and complete lack of punctuation. I‘m getting the gist of it and also referencing the Ulysses Guide website for further clarification.

#SandCoUlysses #1001books

JazzFeathers Oh. My. Goodness. 2y
Daisey @JazzFeathers It‘s some of the most stream of consciousness writing I‘ve ever read, and that‘s seldom a style I enjoy. Also, fascinating fact from the pre-reading and podcasts, apparently Joyce wrote it with punctuation and the. Took it out in late edits! Also, she refers to various men as he, and you just have to figure out which is which. 2y
JazzFeathers @Daisey That is so strange! 2y
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Daisey
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The Ithaca episode of Ulysses is written with a catechism technique, in that it‘s a series of questions & answers, and uses complex vocabulary even when describing simple things. The audio podcast by Shakespeare & Co includes most of it read by 2 narrators for the questions & answers. It provides a lot of information; however, not all of the information can be trusted as accurate. Read over several days, it was fascinating & sometimes amusing.

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Daisey
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I‘m working this week to make progress and catch up on this centenary read of Ulysses. This evening that includes some pages of Eumaeus in the hammock.

#SandCoUlysses

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Daisey
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I‘m diving into the middle of the long Circe episode of Ulysses with the podcast from Friends of Shakespeare and Company alongside a simple supper tonight. This episode is written in the style of a play script, and the audio by multiple readers is a great way to listen along. Also, even with my pre-reading prep and explanatory podcasts, this episode is crazier than I expected.

#ReadAndEat #SandCoUlysses #1001books

JazzFeathers I'm really enjoying reading your updates on Ulysses 😜 2y
Daisey @JazzFeathers Thanks! I don‘t know that I‘m going to end up thinking it‘s amazing like so many, but for the most part I‘m enjoying the journey and appreciating the work and thought that went into writing it. 2y
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Branwen
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Chapter Thirteen: Nausicaa
Scene: The Rocks
Hour: 8:00 pm

I got off track on my Ulysses journey and missed a couple weeks of reading. But as long as I read one chapter a week from here on out I'll still have it completed by Bloomsday! 😀 This is my second favorite chapter, with Penelope being the first! 💕📚

#ulysses

Daisey I got off track for awhile this spring as well, but I‘ve put a lot of time in this week catching up. It requires a decent amount of effort, but I do feel I get more out of it when I read longer sections at a time. 2y
Branwen @Daisey That's awesome! 📚💕 2y
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Daisey
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Last night I finished the Nausicaa episode of Ulysses, which was my #BookSpin square 5 for May. Today I‘ve been slowly reading through the episode Oxen of the Sun. The quote on the left is from the Ulysses Guide website episode description. So far, I‘ve been a bit lost, noticed several Biblical references, learned some vocabulary, actually laughed at a few phrases, and even recognized one of the styles of writing on my own. ⬇️

Daisey I doubt I‘ll finish this episode tonight, but by listening to some explanatory podcasts and referring to lots of notes as I read, I‘m enjoying it more than expected.
#SandCoUlysses #1001books
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Daisey 🔗 https://www.ulyssesguide.com/14-oxen-of-the-sun At some point I‘ll also check out a copy of the book 2y
Daisey ✅ Finished the episode this morning! It was tough, but I also found the various writing styles really interesting. 2y
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