I’m reading James Joyce’s Ulysses for Dovegreyreader’s Team Ulysses read along. The idea is that you read a portion of it every month and on the 16th catch up with everyone on her blog to see how people are going. In a sudden burst of enthusiasm a few months ago, I decided to join (and ended up with two copies), but didn’t actually get started until recently even though everyone else is on ‘camp 4’ (whoops!).
Well I have to admit that I’m only on Page 38 and I’m already struggling. The thoughts / questions I’m shaving so far are;
- Ulysses is a very apt name because it feels like an EPIC journey already!
- It’s very confusing not being introduced to any of the characters in the narrative.
- The misogynist and anti-semitic characters aren’t endearing themselves to me so far.
I’m struggling with being impressed by the quality of writing but at the same time being annoyed at how self-aware Joyce’s writing style is in the sense that the sheer quantity of allusions and his experimental technique seems to be a bit too clever by half (read smug). However I am keen to try to keep an open mind and persevere as I have an idea that it will all be worth the effort and I don’t want to be a grumpy philistine right from the start. Any words of wisdom or motivational messages would be great!
Have you read Ulysses, and if so how did you find it?
Any motivational messages to keep me going?