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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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everlocalwest
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I'm so behind on updates here, but I have been reading all summer! Just finished Ulysess with this group and it was a fun ride. I'm genuinely happy to have read this one and don't know that I could have ever conquered it without a group to wrestle through everything with. @matthieumcintosh is the best!

Nebklvr Great job!! 1w
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Readage
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• Page 175; good progress for me. Read quite enough about death and decay tonight; entire section was a depressing funeral scene. Took me 2 hours to get through it 🥴 Time to put this one up for now. Good night, all... •

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Jsbrown
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Finally getting down to reading this iconic behemoth. Let the journey of a life time, lived in a day, begin... now!

wanderinglynn Welcome to Litsy! 👋🏻 3w
Jsbrown Thank you so much! 3w
LitsyWelcomeWagon Welcome to Litsy! Here are links to #Litsytips: http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU. There‘s lots of fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more! @litsywelcomewagon 2w
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• That is all I can take for this evening. Shout out to all you brave souls for attempting and/or finishing this one. I'm going to try, but damn it's frustrating •

#currentlyreading #currentsituation #Ulysses #JamesJoyce #classics #Goodreads #bookgroup

Leftcoastzen 😂👏 1mo
Readage @Leftcoastzen It's ridiculous 🥴 1mo
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"He watched her pour into the measure and thence into the jug rich white milk, not hers. Old shrunken paps."

Just a quick instance of Joyce's humor ?

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• Trying to make it to the end of the first section. Think I'll drain my cuppa and then catch some shut-eye for a bit. Rest well, fellow Readathon-ers! Hopefully I don't crash too hard and I'll meet you back here in a few hours 😉 •

#deweyreadathon #Deweys24HourReadathon #reversereadathon #readathon #currentlyreading #currentsituation

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Readage
Ulysses | James Joyce

• Time's a tickin! On to the next book to mix things up. How's everyone doing out there in the #reversereadathon universe? @DeweysReadathon

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maximusje
Ulysses | James Joyce

Tough read for a non-native, reading the Odyssee to make more sense of it 😬

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tournevis
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#humpdaypost @mindea @DebbieGrillo

NEVER HAVE I EVER
🔵 Played this game until today. Anglophones are weird.
🔵 Finished tagged. Officially gave up, actually.
🔵 Finished Infinite Jest. Rage quit it, wished harm on the book (it may have been flung on the wall many times) and hope never to meet the author, who would get a piece of my mind (because wallups are considered assault, unfortunately).

Also, I'm not having a good day. Sorry.

DebbieGrillo 🙋‍♀️ I'm anglophone and guilty as charged. Weird, weird, weird! Sorry you're having a bad day. I hope playing this was a diversion. 2mo
wanderinglynn 🥃 Sorry you‘re having a bad day. 💚 I hope it gets better. And you know we love our drinking games! 😂 2mo
AsYouWish Sorry you are having a bad day!!! 1 drink for me. 2mo
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gibblr No drinks based on your points, but I say we both have a drink in an attempt to make your day a bit better! Here‘s to us 🥂 2mo
tournevis @gibblr 😘😘 2mo
ImperfectCJ 🍸I actually managed to finish Ulysses. Reading analysis/interpretation by Joseph Campbell got me through. I try not to think too hard about whether it's worthwhile to wrestle with an uncooperative book. Hope your day improves! 2mo
Exbrarian Little chance of meeting David Foster Wallace since he hanged himself in 2008. 2mo
tournevis @Exbrarian Well, there you go. Doesn't make the book any less horrible and prejudiced. I still blame him for it. 2mo
IndoorDame 🍷1 for me. Here's to a better evening! 2mo
tournevis @IndoorDame 😘🤞 2mo
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Readage
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"...Joyce gives his readers more information about Bloom than any other character in the history of literature. We know him better than we know most of our friends."

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• Attempting this behemoth for the month of August with the "Old Books, New Readers" group on Goodreads. It helps to know you're not supposed to take this novel seriously. You're just supposed to enjoy the eccentricity of it...let's see if I can pull it off ?? •

#currentlyreading #currentsituation #classics #doorstoppers #JamesJoyce #fiction #novels #eccentrics

Simona Good luck 👍 2mo
Readage @Simona Thanks...much appreciated!! 2mo
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Jazinator
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Book #59: Although Ulysses is often listed as one of the best books of the 20th Century, I have some definite problems with it. My primary problem with Ulysses is it is written in an odd style, where no two chapters are similar in vocabulary, style, or even concept. Some examples include one chapter written like a play, one with newspaper type...

http://dinojim.blogspot.com/2007/04/the-306-greatest-books-59-ulysses.html

#100greatestbooks

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eachwishrezigned
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After seeing the abysmal rating this book has on here, I have to make sure and say how much I loved it. So many books I love could not exist without this one. Joyce was a master of words, and Ulysses is truly worthy of its spot at the top of many “best literary works” lists.

Jari-chan I totally agree 😊 2mo
Leftcoastzen So glad to hear it! I love it too! 2mo
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eachwishrezigned
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I‘ve been reading this book longer than I should have, but I love it so much.

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Jari-chan
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You say #Ireland - I say Ulysses
I'm still proud of myself that I've made it through that book 😆 📙

#LetsTravelJuly

Buechersuechtling And that with good reason. I tried to read it once, more than ten years ago but after a few pages I gave up frustratedly. 2mo
Jari-chan @Buechersuechtling That's understandable, it really is a difficult book. I just got lucky being able to read it when I really wanted to. 2mo
Ncostell That‘s quite an accomplishment! I‘ve tried a few times but didn‘t get very far! 2mo
Jari-chan @Ncostell Thank you :) I think it's great as well, that you didn't gave up easily on it! 2mo
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sudi Never thought about it that way 😂 2mo
gradcat @sudi I know, it‘s kind of gross, right? I LOVE cheese 🧀 ♥️😂 2mo
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keepingupwiththepenguins
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I'm #currentlyreading this bad boy - it's the last book left on my bucket list off Books I Should've Read Already (And Must Read Before I Die). I'm about two thirds of the way through, and really slogging to get to the end... any tips for me? Can't wait to get to some more recent releases when I'm done, it's the only thing keeping me going!

ju.ca.no Ah Ulysses.... one day I will manage to read this one, I‘ve already given up twice🙈🙈 3mo
paulfrankspencer Tips? You just have to keep reading. It doesn't change much at all. 3mo
keepingupwiththepenguins @ju.ca.no Hahahaha it's tough going! 3mo
keepingupwiththepenguins @paulfrankspencer HA! Just keep swimming, eh? Thank you 🙏 😁 3mo
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LeslieO
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Happy Bloomsday!

LeahBergen Yesss! 👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
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Leftcoastzen
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Happy #Bloomsday everybody! I used to live near a bookstore in San Francisco who did a reading of Ulysses all day long every June 16th!

Theaelizabet Happy Bloomsday! That Brenda Maddox book on Nora was terrific. 3mo
BarbaraBB How cool, Bloomsday!! 3mo
Leftcoastzen @Theaelizabet yes , I thought it was terrific. 3mo
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Leftcoastzen @BarbaraBB some places have readings and celebrations.The store I used to listen to the reading closed in 2016.😞 3mo
jveezer Which bookstore? I miss Aardvarks and Bibliohead. 😢😢 3mo
Leftcoastzen Jveezer Modern Times ☹️ 3mo
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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.

tpixie 🍀🇮🇪🍀 3mo
suvata @tpixie 💚 3mo
tpixie It‘s fun learning others customs!! 3mo
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Branwen
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Happy Bloomsday, littens! 😊📚💕 On June 16th, 1904, Leopold Bloom made his infamous trek throughout Dublin in James Joyce's novel Ulysses. The day is now much celebrated in Ireland and elsewhere! Super fun! I have always loved the depth and complexity of this novel. I did a whole independant study on it as an undergrad in college and it holds a special place in my heart! 💕

ju.ca.no I still have to read it! Maybe I will get to is this summer💪🏼 3mo
tpixie Great photo and bookish delights!! 🍀 🇮🇪 📚 3mo
gradcat Tough read but so worth it! I hope you have great good fun this Bloomsday. ♥️ P.S. Love the tee! 3mo
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batsy It was an undergrad seminar for one whole semester that made me love this book, as well 💚 Happy Bloomsday! 3mo
Theaelizabet Happy bloomsday!🍷 3mo
JazzFeathers James Joyce has always intimidated me. I started reading Dublin era a while back and while l indeed need some guidance, l'm so impressed by his talent. 3mo
Branwen @JazzFeathers He is SUPER intimidating! 🤤 I totally get it! It's amazing what he accomplished with his writing! @Theaelizabet Same to you, friend! 🤗 @batsy Likewise, friend! 😀 Don't you just love those fantastic undergrad memories?! 💕 @gradcat Thanks so much! I wore it to work in honor of the day! 🤗 @tpixie Thank you so much, friend! @ju.ca.no You totally should! What a fun summer project! 😀📚💕 3mo
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plathcamusdostoyevskyjagger
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Pickpick

Wonderful!

BarbaraBB Really? 3mo
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everlocalwest
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Started this one today! I'm reading it with a group led by @matthieumcintosh all summer long...here's hoping we have a good time!

readordierachel That's some hefty summer reading! 👍🏼 3mo
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Henrik_Madsen
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You know the writer is famous when the birth place of his wife becomes a museum - even if it‘s only open “randomly” as a note in the window says...

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catiewithac
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I really like Pete, but I‘m not impressed with his favorite book list. I approve of The Little Prince and the Dylan Thomas poem. Why aren‘t American classics on this list?! How can he not love Huckleberry Finn?!

What do you think of Pete‘s favorite books?

https://www.vulture.com/2019/04/pete-buttigieg-books.html

vivastory I'm happy to see a politician who not only reads, but clearly loves literature. Some great titles on there. 5mo
Angeles I really like his list😍 5mo
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Malisa
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Part 1 finished, now the real challenge begins...

Louise Good luck! 🍀 6mo
Malisa @Louise thank you! I‘m gonna need it! 6mo
Louise Send up a flare if you get lost in the sea of words, and we‘ll drum up a Litsy rescue crew to come and find you! 😆 6mo
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Malisa @Louise lol that would be wonderful!! 😂 6mo
Gina UFFTA! May the odds be ever in your favor 6mo
Malisa @Gina ty, I‘m gonna need it 6mo
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GlitterGirl
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Because it is St Patricks Day! ☘☘☘

kspenmoll Impressive !!! 6mo
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Haroon_Ishaq
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The book that never ends

OutsmartYourShelf Ulysses is my nemesis. I‘ve never been able to finish it. 6mo
Haroon_Ishaq feels like mission impossible 6mo
Haroon_Ishaq tell me if u know someone who have finished it 6mo
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Becker 😆 6mo
rretzler Brave of you to even start. After A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, I swore off Joyce forever - I‘ve heard that Ulysses is just MORE of the same. 6mo
Haroon_Ishaq @rretzler I've started and started again so many times now it seems like eternal 😭 6mo
akckitty Lol! 😅 6mo
Jedi_Bruno @Haroon_Ishaq I have started and stopped reading Moby Dick so many times I can‘t count. So I can sympathize with the frustration. 6mo
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It is my opinion that James Joyce does not care about the reader in a traditional sense. He does not actively guide you through his work. For this reason I've heard many people trash talk Ulysses. It is a book that teaches you to look beyond context and insert your own experience into the piece. It will develop you into a marathon-endurance reader, and the small moments of clarity will stay with you.

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Mtroiano
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I was determined to finish this book and I did, painfully. @Graywacke I finally figured out about halfway through that I NEEDED to consult outside sources if I was going to get anything out of this book. It was much more enjoyable once I did but I still don‘t know if it‘s really worth the effort. @Litsylily I think the last section, a huge run-on sentence, was my favorite. Maybe I was just excited for it to be over 🙃

Graywacke Congrats! Now you can enjoy all references that come up. I‘ll be thinking about your experience. 7mo
Litsylily That‘s exactly how I feel!!!! Literally that last “YES I SAID YES I WILL YES” blows me away every time. I love it. 7mo
DivineDiana Cheers to you! I aspire to finish this! Started on Serial Reader, thinking that would motivate me. Months later, it just sits there. 🙁 7mo
readinginthedark Joyce is so difficult. I like Dubliners, and I found Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man slightly easier in college with a class. When I reread it later, though, it was tough going. Still haven't read Ulysses. I wonder if he's just better in small doses? 7mo
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Mtroiano
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Bella is keeping me warm while I try to finish this book. #loveyourpetsday #dogsoflitsy

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Carolyn11215
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Thanks for the #jb welcome card @IndoorDame ! I have a box of these fabulous postcards somewhere and clearly need to dig them out! Will get response into the mail to you soon!

IndoorDame Looking forward to you more! 7mo
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Mtroiano
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Need a beer to get through this 🙃 #booksandbeer

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Mtroiano
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Wondering what I got myself into...

Opinions?

Crazeedi I've never read it and have heard how difficult, confusing, however you want to describe, I'm just not interested I guess 7mo
Samplergal I was assigned this in college. Sweet Jesus. Good luck. I am a fairly bright woman, and I couldn‘t get into it. Spent an entire week in the library study room reading it out loud to myself. Ended up buying the cliffnotes to help me. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 7mo
Mtroiano @Crazeedi it‘s definitely confusing. I‘m about 150 pages in and keep wondering when it‘s going to start making sense! @Samplergal glad it‘s not just me! I am determined to finish! 7mo
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DarcysMom I have never been successful reading it. The only people I know who made it through read it in grad school, with a lot of class time devoted to it. 🙃 7mo
sprainedbrain I started it last year and bailed really quickly... and I almost never quit on a book. 😳 7mo
Litsylily Lol I read the first and last chapters and I liked them! Maybe someday I‘ll read the whole thing..... 7mo
Graywacke It‘s on my some-day list. Interesting to follow your progress and challenges. And to read the comments here. I think that “some-day” will involve some kind of readers guide assistance. 7mo
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Mtroiano
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🤢

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Mtroiano
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Starting this chunkster today...

valeriegeary 😰 7mo
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Roebbe
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Soo, I decided to finally DNF this book and unhaul it. It is not for me. Maybe it will bring someone else joy or something like that. :)
I studied translation, and literature in English was a part of that and I thought I should have read Ulysses because of that. Well, no. 😬😄
Have you read this? Or tried to read it? :)

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Faibka
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Happy Birthday Jim!

“Every life is in many days, day after day. We walk through ourselves, meeting robbers, ghosts, giants, old men, young men, wives, widows, brothers-in-love, but always meeting ourselves.”

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Leftcoastzen
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James Joyce was born February 2nd , 1882 .One of my best trips was to Dublin, couldn‘t get enough of all the history of Irish writers & seeing the Book of Kells at the incredible Trinity Library.☘️

TrishB I loved seeing The Book of Kells too! I used to travel to Dublin for work a lot and always tried to squeeze a visit in. 7mo
Leftcoastzen @TrishB I forget , how often do they turn a page?weekly?Oh man,the best part of a work trip is squeezing in a little fun. 7mo
TrishB I can‘t remember now - I remember one had an illustration and one had text on display. It‘s hard to squeeze stuff in on work trips isn‘t it! I was on my 3rd trip to Shanghai last time before I actually got any time to see Shanghai!! 7mo
JamieArc I went to Ireland the semester after taking a class on James Joyce, and my time in Dublin was particularly memorable because Joyce was everywhere! This post brings back good memories - thank you 😊 7mo
Leftcoastzen @JamieArc you are welcome!I enjoyed Dublin so much as well. 7mo
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TheReadingMermaid
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Got some AWESOME new classics today! Including Treasure Island and Ulysses on the very bottom shelf. I have not read any of these great works.... yet 😉 I'm excited!!! 😍

litenthusiast I love the covers on the books. Some are different than ones I have seen before. 8mo
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TK-421
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“Hold to the now, the here, through which all future plunges to the past.” #plunge QuotsyJan19

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sudi
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Book - Ulysses
Author - Uma Krishnaswami
Movie - Urban Legend
Food - Upma (Indian snack made with semolina )

#ManicMonday @JoScho

JoScho Thanks for playing 💕 9mo
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sprainedbrain
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I‘m trying... but I really don‘t think I can read this book right now. I‘ve tried print and gave up, and audio doesn‘t seem to be helping.

Anyone have any suggestions for a ‘U‘ author or book that I can replace it with for #LitsyClassics? 😬

ReadingSusan I hate this book and have never been able to get though it. 10mo
Librarybelle I‘m planning to read this one for that challenge: 10mo
Lcsmcat @Librarybelle I second Utopia. It‘s very accessible. 10mo
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sprainedbrain @Librarybelle @Lcsmcat Thanks, ladies! I have a hold on it now. 😃 10mo
MelissaSue81 Even the title bores me. 10mo
CindyMyLifeIsLit I read this in college but it was extremely painful!! 10mo
SW-T If you can‘t get Utopia in time, some other classics starting with u are Uncle Tom‘s Cabin (Stowe), Uncle Silas (Le Fanu), or Ugly Duckling (Andersen). 10mo
JamieArc This is one of those books I am glad I was forced to read in college because I could never get through it on my own! So cheers to you for trying. With Joyce (I‘m thinking of Finnegan‘s Wake too) just trying is a win! 10mo
sprainedbrain @SW-T Thanks so much! I‘ve read Uncle Tom‘s Cabin, but the others are on my list now. 😃 10mo
sprainedbrain @CindyMyLifeIsLit @JamieArc I never had to read this one in college... I‘m not sure if that was lucky or not. I plan to try again someday with Ulysses, but I don‘t think I want to read any more books that involve extra work this year. 😂 10mo
Ncostell I very rarely DNF books but I‘ve tried Ulysses twice and just couldn‘t do it. I read for my book starting with U 10mo
Liz_M I have the tagged #1001book planned for U 10mo
UwannaPublishme I really enjoyed this one and it was short and sweet: 10mo
sprainedbrain @Ncostell @Liz_M @UwannaPublishme thank you all!! I can always count on Litsy to help a reader in need. 😃 10mo
BkClubCare @UwannaPublishme - LOVED this book! 10mo
UwannaPublishme @BkClubCare Me too! An oldie but goodie 👍🏻 10mo
davidRhee Don Gifford's Annotations is almost a must. Too many obscure references. Very tedious to have the two side by side but totally worth it 9mo
sprainedbrain @davidRhee good to know... I will definitely keep that in mind when I try again. Thank you! 9mo
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MalaysianBiblioholic
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Time to tackle this freakin‘ thing. I‘ve also selected a couple of buffers incase it gets overwhelming. Wish me luck! 🍀🤞

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paulfrankspencer
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Panpan

An interesting experiment in plot and language, but little more. Tedious and not very entertaining and way way too long.

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walryan5
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Wow.

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matthieumcintosh
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In a book full of vague endings I like this one the most. Even though I've long since finished Ulysses it still occupies a fair bit of real estate in my day to day thinking. The only book I've ever read that gets the kneejerk "Everyone should read this!" kind of enthusiasm from me.

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Leftcoastzen
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Since #australia appears twice in the #augustisatrip calendar, I offer up a photo of Marilyn Monroe reading Ulysses.Just for fun .

BarbaraBB Lol! And she‘s almost finished! 13mo
Leftcoastzen @BarbaraBB 👍😄 13mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love her!!! 13mo
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TrishB Great picture ❤️ 13mo
vkois88 Awesome! 13mo
vkois88 Also; sorry for the duplicate 😕 13mo
Leftcoastzen @TrishB I have a Marilyn Book collection.They say she loved reading. 13mo
TrishB I have a couple of Marilyn books, love seeing the ones of her reading 💕 13mo
youneverarrived I love this photo! 13mo
Leftcoastzen @youneverarrived I do to. Think it is awesome. 13mo
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