Ulysses Readlong

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

I have been intimidated by Ulysses for as long as I can remember. I've read some of James Joyce's shorter books, but I've never been up for tackling this beast. In February I'll be reading the whole thing and I'm excited/nervous. 

The book is broken into three sections and 18 episodes. Each one is written in a wildly different style. It's loosely based on Homer's Odyssey, but instead of ancient Greece, the story follows one man, Leopold Bloom, around Dublin.

If you need some extra motivation, I love this YouTube clip on why you should read the book.

The readalong will be very laid back. I'm not a Joyce scholar, just a reader. To join in the fun just post to your blog or on Twitter, Litsy, or Instagram. If you comment with a link I will update my post to include the link. Use #FebBloom when you post so we can all see the discussion. 

Image from here.

7 comments:

  1. I hosted a read along for this book awhile back and most everyone dropped out! I did finish it The final pages make it all worthwhile.

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  2. Ti - Oh no! Well, I’ve wanted to read it for so many years, even if I’m the only one left at the end that’s ok!

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  3. I've gotten as far as replacing my copy of Ulysses, which is something I guess! I bought the edition with all the notes, the Gabler Edition. I've heard the best way to tackle the book on a first read is just put your head down and plow through, never mind if you don't understand everything. Or, in my case, ANYTHING. ;-)

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  4. Lisa - That’s how I feel! I might not understand it, but I’ll just let it flow.

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  5. Here are my thoughts on the first 6 episodes. :)

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  6. Haha. Link would help:
    https://roofbeamreader.com/2018/02/07/joyces-ulysses-episodes-1-6-febbloom/

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  7. Roof Beam Reader - This is awesome! Thank you!

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