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Do you celebrate Bloomsday today? Do you have marathon readings of all 800 pages of Joyce's Ulysses?

Asked by gailcalled (54631points) June 16th, 2009

Joyce’s Ulysses takes place in the 24 hours of June 16, 1904 in Dublin. NO vampires or zombies but three memorial protagonists; Leopold and Mollie Bloom and Stephen Daedelus. If you start today, you can read the novel and finish by summer’s end.

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If nothing else, you should have read the last chapter; Mollie Bloom’s famous soliloquoy before you die. A thirty-page stream-of-consciousness single sentence. Having read it will give you bragging rights in certain circles.

cwilbur's avatar

I loved Dubliners—some of the finest prose ever written in English, and characters and situations that make your heart ache. I thought Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man was overly precious. I tried Ulysses several times, and bounced off hard each time.

gailcalled's avatar

@cwilbur: Now that you have aged a bit, you might want to try again. J makes puns in Latin, Greek, French, Spanish, German, Italian.

Now, Finnigan’s Wake is a no-go, but don’t give up on Ulysses. I loved Dubliners too. I also loved the collected letters that Joyce wrote to Nora Barnacle, his improbable wife, (and the biography by Leon Edel).

morphail's avatar

Ulysses features the end of the world in the form of a singing octopus… how is that not awesome.

MrsNash's avatar

I can’t remember how many times I started, then stopped reading Ulysses. Four years ago today I started it again and read nothing else all summer till I finished it. ... I’m SO glad.

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