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Ulysses pdf Ulysses, ebook Ulysses, epub Ulysses, doc Ulysses, e-pub Ulysses, Ulysses fef9221f192 The Most Famous Day In Literature Is June , , When A Certain Mr Leopold Bloom Of Dublin Eats A Kidney For Breakfast, Attends A Funeral, Admires A Girl On The Beach, Contemplates His Wife S Imminent Adultery, And, Late At Night, Befriends A Drunken Young Poet In The City S Red Light DistrictAn Earthy Story, A Virtuoso Technical Display, And A Literary Revolution All Rolled Into One, James Joyce S Ulysses Is A Touchstone Of Our Modernity And One Of The Towering Achievements Of The Human Mind

10 thoughts on “Ulysses

  1. says:

    5 stars because it s a work of genius, so everyone says.4 stars because it has so many deep literary and classical references that to say one understood the book, is like saying one is very well educated.3 stars because the words, strung together in a stream of consciousness mellifluous, onomatopoeic way, read just beautifully.2 stars because it was boring as hell I just couldn t care less about the characters, I just wanted them to get on with whatever they were doing and have Joyce interfere in their lives with his references, his poetry, and his mellifluous whathavewehere considerably less.1 star because I had to give it up It got wet when I dropped it in the bath and the pages stuck together when I dried it out Since it wasn t exactly cheap to start with and there wasn t another copy in the island bookshop mine , I had no choice but to give it upOr at least that s my story and I m sticking to itOr it would have been if I hadn t had the audio book Reviewed 28 May, 2011

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    Life is too short to read Ulysses.

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    I Can t do it, It fell in my toilet and didn t dry well, and I m accepting it as an act of god I decided against burning it, and just threw it out.Yes, I am a horrible person.

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    Each chapter is rated out of ten for difficulty, obscenity, general mindblowing brilliance and beauty of language.Note if you re after my short course bluffer s guide to ulysses, here it is now the real thing 1 Telemachus Difficulty 0 Obscenity 0 General mindblowing brilliance 8 Beauty of language 7 Stephen the morose ex student isn t enjoying life Lots of brittle dialogue, mainly from motormouth blasphemer Buck Mulligan Breakfast An old crone delivers milk this was before 24 hour Tescos A modicum of swimming Sea described as snotgreen 2 Nestor Difficulty 0 General mindblowing brilliance 8 Obscenity 0 Beauty of language 7 Stephen is teaching history He has a crap job as a part time teacher because he doesn t know what to do with his life i can sympathise with that, I still don t His pupils are mostly eager and polite so God knows how he d get on in today s hellhole classrooms Anyway he gets paid and his boss the pompous old git Deasey gives him a letter about foot and mouth disease to give to somebody else which Stephen couldn t give a flying fish about He mooches off 3 Proteus Difficulty 9 General mindblowing brilliance 10 Obscenity 2 there s some nosepicking and urination Beauty of language 10 Now we get emo Steve trudging along the beach on his way to get a few pints down him, and now the Stream of the Consciousness starts up and gushes and torrents all over the place And it s all stunningly beautiful If I was a genius this is exactly how I d think too This may be my favourite chapter May Stephen mooch about forever Mooch on 4 Calypso Difficulty 5 now we are getting used to the S of C and Bloom s S is so much easier than Stephen s S although also a great deal less lovely General mindblowing brilliance 5 Obscenity 8 Beauty of language 3 We jump back to breakfast time and enter the house and mind of Leopold Bloom who s rustling up some breakfast for himself and his dear lady wife As we are moseying along in Bloom s brain, accompanying him on his trip to the butchers, suddenly out of nowhere we get the c word and it really isn t anything but a train of thought Joyce could have included another stray thought But no Joyce was completely committed to the truthfulness of his technique and also convinced of his own genius too Still, it comes as a shock Later we trip down Bloom s garden to his outside toilet where he has a pleasant bowel movement that slight constipation of yesterday quite gone Hope it s not too big bring on piles again No, just right I mean, Jimmy, is this really necessary But of course, in Ulysses, it is The obscenity they found in Ulysses was mostly the disgustingness of minute descriptions of ordinary activities In movies people never ever used to go to the toilet Now they do it all the time what was the first toilet scene in a movie You could write a list of 20 great toilet scenes Contributions welcome It must be said that Bloom s mind is cram ful of bits and bobs about his own life which are never explained, you just have to pick them up and piece them together if you can be arsed But for instance Bloom is trying very hard not to think that Molly will be meeting Blazes Boylan in the afternoon and will probably be going to bed with him It s one of those he knows but does she know he knows situations So, all in all, a very uncomfortable chapter Oh, since you asked, I just went to my own toilet for the very same Bloomesque purposes but not being Joyce, I m not going to tell you anything further But it was okay Thanks for asking 5 The Lotus Eaters Difficulty 4 Obscenity 4 see below General mindblowing brilliance 2 Beauty of language 2 There s a couple of tedious chapters of Ulysses, it must be confessed aside from the chapter that s deliberately boring and this is one Bloom is off on his rambling day, meets a couple of coves, visits a chemist and then a public bath this was before the days of houses having bathrooms Imagine that We get a lot of this kind of stuff Bloom is at the chemists Living all the day among herbs, ointments, disinfectants All his alabaster lilypots Mortar and pestle Aq Dist Fol Laur Te Virid Smell almost cure you like the dentist s doorbell Doctor whack He ought to physic himself a bit Electuary or emulsion The first fellow that picked an herb to cure himself had a bit of pluck Simples Want to be careful Enough stuff here to chloroform you Test turns blue litmus paper red Chloroform Overdose of laudanum Sleeping draughts Lovephiltres Paragoric poppysyrup bad for cough Clogs the pores or the phlegm Poisons the only cures Remedy where you least expect it Clever of nature I might have to agree with critics of Ulysses here I don t need every scrap of word association and mental flotsam that swishes through Bloom s bumbling brain But Joyce thinks I do The obscenity in this chapter is here Time to get a bath round the corner Hammam Turkish Massage Dirt gets rolled up in your navel Nicer if a nice girl did it Also I think I Yes I Do it in the bath Curious longing I Water to water Combine business with pleasure and here he s in the bath now Bloom saw the dark tangled curls of his bush floating, floating hair of the stream around the limp father of thousands, a languid floating flower Well Bloom pleasures himself but you must say it s rather delicately put, no Another list please greatest masturbation scenes in literature without mentioning Philip Roth 6 Hades Difficulty 3 Obscenity 2 General mindblowing brilliance 2 Beauty of language 3 Another chapter I m not a fan of because we re stuck mostly inside the brain of Bloom who s full of Readers Digest tips and quips and boring I wonder if and Molly this and Milly that The Homeric parallels yes, well, he goes to a funeral and thinks about death and rotting and such, so that s Hades Helen s friend Eleanor is living with us at the moment and she CLAIMED to have read Ulysses as part of a course on epics but when pressed admitted that she had SKIMMED it and didn t like it much to which I said Skimmed SKIMMED You can t skim the greatest modernist work of literature in English Faugh Crivens Help ma Bob I think I m coming down with the apoplexy so I am Even the tedious chapters, of which this is one, have to be read word by word, line by line the only trace of rudeness I could find in hades was this Bloom is thinking about precisely when his son deceased was conceived Must have been that morning in Raymond terrace she was at the window watching the two dogs at it by the wall Give us a touch, Poldy God, I m dying for it How life begins To readers of 2010 it all seems somewhat coarse, yes, but to readers of the 1920s these stray remarks were incendiary However I would like to complain about this otherwise handsome Modern Library hardback edition I m reading This is one of the two available hardbacks of Ulysses and it comes wreathed with introductions, blurbs and reprints of judicial decisions all of which are entirely to do with the alleged obscenity of the book Hence I thought I would reread it partly with that in mind But really, who cares any about that Get rid of all this stuff Let s have an introduction all about the crackle and the pity and the joy and fire of this bizarre book 7 Aeolus Difficulty 5 Obscenity 0 General mindblowing brilliance 2 Beauty of language 3 Oh dear do I actually like this damned masterpiece at all Another tiresome chapter full of huffy snippy geezers sniping and out quoting and oneupmanshipping each other Next Quick Review continues herehttp www.goodreads.com story show 2

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    I have read Ulysses at least three or four times and once with Gilbert Stuart s authorised translation and always found unsounded depths that I had not suspected Every chapter introduces new narrative techniques, new perspectives and characters, and new voices This is a book that definitely requires some homework to fully appreciate I would recommend the aforementioned Gilbert Stuart commentary and biography, the Frank Budgen criticism, and especially the classic Richard Ellman biography There is precious little here not to love regardless of your literary tastes, but like most good things, this book asks you to work for it As Leopold Bloom goes through this day in Dublin, all kinds of things are happening all around him and it is a virtual reality experience in four dimensions ending with for me one of the most beautiful chapters ever written, the stream of conscious dialog of Bloom s wife posing as Ulysses Penelope It is of such texture and voluptuousness that it is impossible to capture without first hand experience of having read it If you put forward one personal challenge for a great summer read, make it Ulysses I was recently in Dublin and spent a good 30 cold minutes with a strong wind on the turret where Buck Mulligan has his shave in Chapter 1 amazing I cannot even begin to express how this book moves me When I get the classic GR question when friending what is your favorite book and why , I always answer Ulysses, because I learn about myself everytime I read it Most difficult books I have ever read but which also gave me the most pleasure Ulysses by James Joyce La Recherche du Temps Perdu by Marcel Proust Infinite Jest by DFW Gravity s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon Underworld by Don DeLillo

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    Sometimes reading a Great Work of Literature is like drinking fine French wine, say an aged Burgundy or Mersault Everyone tells you how amazing it is, and on an intellectual level you can appreciate the brilliance, the subtlety, the refinement But really it is too refined It is unapproachable, it is aloof, it doesn t go with thatketchupy burger you re having for dinner You re not enjoying it.But then you read the label closely and realize that although it tastes just like a fine burgundy your wine was made in the Abarca Hills of Chile It is from Casa Marin and was in fact not made by a snooty Frenchman with a degree in oenology but by a down to earth woman farmer, and although it is sophisticated and complex there is a accessible note, a friendliness And perhaps importantly, it is several percent higher in alcohol than that French wine youthought you had, and by the time you re halfway through the bottle it really seems pretty likeable after all, you and the wine are getting along just fine and you are having an enthusiastic discussion ofliterature with people who were strangers an hour ago, and one of them tells a dirty joke that Joyce would have sniggered at, and you laugh so hard you spill your wine on him, and maybe he s a little annoyedbut your host brings a towel and another bottle and the party isgreat And maybe you are a wine ignoramus and the fancy bottle was kind of wasted on you, but you enjoyed it, so so what

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    I have left this book unrated because I simply cannot rate it I cannot review it either or try to criticise it Instead, I ve decided to share my experience with something I cannot define But first, here s what James Joyce had to say about it I ve put in so many enigmas and puzzles that it will keep the professors busy for centuries arguing over what I meant, and that s the only way of insuring one s immortality The accuracy of this statement balances out the sheer arrogance of Joyce s assertion I tried to put my own design on the book Well, at least, I tried to focus on one particular recurring theme as I read in order to try and bring the thing together in my own mind I failed I focused on Death, or at least, discussions of Death and the representations of it But after a while the ideas started to contradict each other and fade out of the narrative only to randomly pop up again and vanish.Here s three quotes I pulled out from the beginning though Old England is dying And what is death she asked In a dream she had come to him after death Death, and its shadow, seemed to haunt the early part of the writing What is this end we are pushing towards Is it an end Can we even call it painful The idea it conveys is that time, at least time according to human perception, pushes singularly towards this phenomenon the ultimate truth of life Ulysses is deeply symbolic This haunting can be read as a decay of the state, the breakdown of society its traditions and values as it enters a new modern era The old structures of civilisation are dying, the world is changing, art is changing, thought is changing and perhaps this is what Ulysses represents in some sense Perhaps this new creature of literature is the very essence of this new dawn, of the modernist art movement, or perhaps I have simply been swayed by one of the many nuanced impressions within the work, the subtle hints and suggestions that can be ready in so many different ways I focused so much on death that when it left the narrative I did not know what else to look for or why I was reading it or where the story was going This book is not something that fits into a nice little box or one that can be summed up accurately it simply is a thing that is Forming a coherent opinion of something so incoherent is even harder What can one judge The sheer brilliance of the innovative writing is juxtaposed against the dull drawn out interactions and descriptions Isn t that sentence just one huge contradiction Well, the entire book is one contradiction I could spend a lifetime studying Ulysses and still not be able to decipher it I hate it I love it I want to burn it I want to celebrate it Certainly, I enjoyed reading parts of Ulysses, in fact, I engulfed parts of it However, I detested just as many bits of it I was so terribly bored with large parts of the novel, frustrated, agonised and, on one occasion, actually sent to sleep You could imagine my dismay when I woke up the next morning with the thing on the floor and I d lost my page number I had no idea where I was exactly, somewhere between pages 300 500 I guessed rather inaccurately, so I had to try and back track Much harder than it sounds I lost my place in a book that I was already lost in completely Not lost as engrossed, but lost in the sense that I had no idea where the hell I was in this labyrinth of writing and that s before I lost my page Now there s some irony The result was me reading around seventy pages a second time round with next to no memory I had actually read them until I came across a rather distinctive passage and was rather annoyed with myself Ulysses is a book that washes over you it s the sort of book that you can spend reading for a few hours and then barely remember what you have read It requires a reader who can pay attention to a book that has a wavering plot, likes to wonder all over the place, and then return randomly to characters that have disappeared for a long period of time All in all, it was my nightmare and my dream It defeated me twice I kept forgetting what had happened, and despite reading so many plot summaries, I probably could not describe this book beyond what the blurb on my copy says I feel like I need to read it again The thought fills with me dread Perhaps one day when I am old, surrounded by thousands of books and an army of loyal cats, I will pick up this book again and remember my initial desondency and admiration Or perhaps I will be wiser Perhaps I will see to the heart of the matter and hate love Joyce even for this, for this thing As a random aside, I feel sorry for whatever kooky old professor in Fahrenheit 451 drew the bad straw and had to remember this book I digress, but imagine that Poor bastard I had to start the book again three times, and I found myself agonising over sections of inane and irrelevant bollocks But there s also beauty inside, just like life How sentimental of me Ulysses is modernism Modernist literature varied, though a sense of newness permeated all artistic representations And this was, and still is, something new I dare you to go and read it for yourself.

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    How do you read Ulysses Well you begin on page one and you read all the words until it s finished.Or, you can just be Irish.I think that s the secret I ve just finished Ulysses for the second time and I cannot recall any other book that s just as fun as Ulysses is People will often call the novel difficult and challenging but that s a reading I just cannot abide by I don t find Ulysses to be a particularly difficult novel to read I actually struggle a lot with other modernist writers, specifically Woolf and Lawrence The two times I ve read Ulysses I ve done it quicker than it took me to get through Lady Chatterley s Lover.So I began questioning myself as to why this is And I think the answers lays within who I actually am I m Irish.Joyce once said that if Dublin were to one day suddenly disappear from the Earth it could be entirely reconstructed from his book And it is true that Joyce takes great pleasure in describing almost every step that Bloom takes But then I think how, if you don t have a fairly solid familiarity with the streets of Dublin, not many of Bloom s journeys make sense So, say that Bloom walks along Grafton Street from the Trinity side and goes left along Duke St., onto Dawson St., goes up to Molesworth St and finds himself outside the Dail on Kildare St To Joyce, and myself, that journey makes perfect sense in our heads and we can easily follow it because we both have walked that exact route many times However, to someone who doesn t know Dublin, literally none of that made any sense All of Ulysses is like this.Another example would be one of the many moments in the novel that made me audibly laugh It s during the Circe episode which is this massive hallucination sequence that s written in play form At one point the sound of a waterfall is heard and Joyce records its noise like this The waterfall Poulaphouca Poulaphouca Poulaphouca Poulaphouca.Get it What You mean you don t have a knowledge of the waterfalls of Ireland Once again, all of Ulysses is like this.So why do I get all the references Why do I find this novel so funny Why didn t I want it to end and will likely read it again and again for my whole life Am I so intellectually above all of you that only I, the great Barry, could understand all of Ulysses No It s cos I m Irish.If you flick through an annotated edition of Ulysses you ll notice all the footnotes are simply just explaining the references They re full of little explainers of who Michael Davitt was or Arthur Griffith or Charles Stewart Parnell What a crubeen is and what s double X What the Phoenix Park murders were and who the croppy boy is Notes of which I need none, because I know all this, because I m Irish Ulysses is an Irish novel written by an Irish man for Irish people Joyce steeped the whole thing in such Irishness that many of the dialects, the turns of phrase, the references, and the places make little sense to non Irish people The non Irish in turn have to purchase massive annotated editions and reference guides in order to slowly trudge their way through the pages that Irish people wouldn t even have to pause on It s from these non Irish that we always hear that Ulysses is the most difficult novel.So if you aren t Irish and you tried to conquer Ulysses and you couldn t, don t feel bad, the book wasn t written for you However, for us Irish, for whom Ulysses is our plaything, we ll keep holding it to our hearts forever.

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    Good books should participate in a conversation with each other, and with us when we read them I made the mistake of inviting Joyce via Ulysses to join my literary conversation He s not much of a conversationalist He mostly just sat in a corner mumbling incoherently to himself Every once in a while he d quote or try to ridicule something he d read somewhere, but that s not really conversation is it More like namedropping.Buried within Joyce s verbosity is something similar to a plot related to a day in the life of Leopold Bloom, husband of Molly, father of Milly away at photography school and Rudy namesake of Poldy s father who s death at eleven days of age strained the marriage beyond recovery but left the sexual obsessions of Poldy and Molly intact leading to scenes such as Leopold masturbating on the beach while flirting at a distance with Gerty MacDowell or Molly masturbating as she daydreams about past, current, and future lovers including Stephen Dedalus who is seen by both Leopold and Molly as a substitute for poor Rudy albeit in very different ways How about that I can write at least as well as James Joyce.Reading Ulysses is something akin to reading a very long list of spelling wordsmany of them without spaces between them I ve come to the conclusion that stream of consciousness writing comes in two forms In one form, authors such as Thomas Pynchon and Virginia Woolf employ real albeit often strange sentences to portray the thought processes of their characters The second form epitomized by James Joyce and William Faulkner involves the mere stringing together of unrelated words perhaps with the intention of revealing the depth of the psychosis of their characters I much prefer the former method.

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    Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed Ulysses James JoyceI ve never had so many starts, false starts, and restarts with a novel in my entire life But it was worth every effort made to read this amazing book.My Goodreads friend, zxvasdf, once said to me, You ll always be far from finishing, even when you finish it I don t think anyone can really appreciate Joyce s work in its entirety if they re not Joyce themselves there ll always be mysteries abound He s 100% right Upon closing the cover, my first inclination was to go back to the beginning and read the first section all over again Then I thought, no I should dive directly into A Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man Ultimately, I decided I need to step away from James Joyce and digest Ulysses for a few months.Joyce s Ulysses has been called the most important novel in all of modern literature, and, it is Joyce burst the traditional form of the novel wide open Yes, Ulysses is a radical departure from the traditional novels of the past Joyce brilliantly married modern literature to classical literature in the pages of Ulysses.Am I gushing Yes, but Ulysses is a novel that deserves being gushed over.Friends on Goodreads have mentioned to me that they hope I will explain Ulysses to them with my review Sorry, but I am unable to do so Honestly, I don t know if anyone can I doubt that few people understand and comprehend Ulysses, and that s exactly what James Joyce wanted He set about to confuse and disorient scholars for 100 s of years But oh what a wonderful state of confusion it is to inhabit I have to touch for a moment upon PENELOPE before I end this non review I believe this final chapter, Molly Bloom s Soliloquy to be the single greatest piece of writing I have ever encountered I ve never read anything like this Molly s soliloquy ties all of Ulysses together While reading this brilliant piece of writing, 76 pages in the edition I read with no punctuation, I had several aha moments I gained deep insight into both Leopold and Stephen s characters Not everyone will agree with my conclusions, and perhaps Joyce has played a cosmic joke on me well.Molly s Soliloquy is a piece of writing that I will revisit as a stand alone piece of writing many times Just as I read Charles Dickens anually, I will now read Molly s Soliloquy every Bloomsday It is an amazing piece of writing one that will entrall me for years to come In the end, it is actually Molly s voice that is the most powerful in the pages of Ulysses Ending Ulysses with Molly s Soliloquy is truly orgasmic.In the end, Ulysses is about all of humanity It is about a city and her people, about eating and drinking and fucking It is about our memories, our joys and sorrows Ulysses is about life All our lives.What is there left to say Ulysses is the most challenging of novels Should you read it By all means, yes It is a glorious literary adventure And if you don t make it thru the first time, go back and try again You will not be disappointed.

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