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Most Helpful Favorable Review

27 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

Proof of Joyce's ingenuity

What people don't understand when reading Joyce's Ulysses- is that it is not so much the plot of the book that is important but way the book is written; people claim that it's boring. It is complicated but that is what makes the book the third most researched piece of l...
What people don't understand when reading Joyce's Ulysses- is that it is not so much the plot of the book that is important but way the book is written; people claim that it's boring. It is complicated but that is what makes the book the third most researched piece of literature...right behind Shakespeare's work and the bible. That alone says a lot about the work. The complicatedness was intentional. Joyce is a genius and this proves it. How many authors can claim they've parodied the greatest figures in literature--Homer, Shakespeare, Dante, and the bible? Does anyone realize that each chapter is written from a different character's point of view, each chapter is written in a different style, each chapter's is written to follow Homer's Oddyssey?

Ulysses is not made for people who want to sit back and just read and not think. It is not made to entertain people. It is written for people who APPRECIATE LITERATURE.

posted by rnary on October 15, 2008

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5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Do not get the New Century Books edition

It is not formatted at all, just blocks of text and dialogue with no spacing between. It's already a tough read without trying to figure what is being narrated and what the characters are saying. Do not buy the New Century Books edition. This was my first e-book purchas...
It is not formatted at all, just blocks of text and dialogue with no spacing between. It's already a tough read without trying to figure what is being narrated and what the characters are saying. Do not buy the New Century Books edition. This was my first e-book purchase and I am totally disappointed. I am obviously going to have to spend more time previewing copies if just anyone can publish an e-book.

posted by K-Star on June 17, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2008

    Not getting it.

    I've tried, but I have not been able to finish this. It's not easy reading, so it may just be that it requires longer spans of reading time than I am willing to give.

    5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2007

    Mediocre

    The story is boring and not very exciting. The audiobook feels rushed, like there's a race to finish. The authors commentary at the end is especially nauseating, he goes on and on about how great his book is and how much everybody loves it. There are so many really great books out there I wouldn't waste my time on this one.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted October 18, 2014

    Nico

    Nico nods. "Okay. Gar! Whenever you're ready!"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2000

    Ulysses

    Hailed as one of the greatest books in the last century I must concede defeat in tryting to read this icon that will life long after I am dead.I did not understand and I have not sinned in not understanding . I stand in no need of forgiveness or sympathy.I boldly say admit to not knowing but am not ignorant. Let me explain how I tried to read this book.And the use of the word 'tried' is something that ought to point to something being amiss because nobody ought to try to read a book.It was my habit to try to read a chapter every week. After about four and a similar nuber of visits to the library for renewals , I stopped- I was not reading because the book propelled me forward but because it was a literary classic.Never again.For something more accessible I would recommend Joyce's 'A Portrait of an Artist as Young Man', it presents the stream of consciousness technique perfectly and is Joyce's first attempt at it.

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