Welcome to Ulysses Wednesday, where I track my progress reading James Joyce's tale of a day in the life of Leopold Bloom.
Status: I AM FINISHED! (Sound the chorus)
Yep I am done! I finished Molly's chapter/episode in one (long) sitting and though it was challenging I have to say that this part was the most interesting to me. Molly is a saucy one, and in talking about her various conquests it was difficult to determine who it was she was talking about -- Bloom, Boylan, or someone else. I would have liked to read more about Molly, as she was definitely a character
Overall I can't say that I loved Ulysses, or even liked it very much. It is not a novel that one can simply pick up and read whenever there are a few spare minutes (though apparently it was a popular read for train commuters); it requires concentration, not to keep up with the plot (which I don't think exists), but rather to keep up with Joyce's style changes and his use of language. If anyone is
So I'm going to take a break from the weightier classics for now, but in November I will probably begin reading War & Peace which my classics reading group will be discussing in January. Have any of you read this one? Am I giving myself enough time to read it? I haven't decided if I will blog about my progress through this one -- if I do, will anyone join me?
And by the way, thank you to everyone who have left encouraging comments throughout my slog through Ulysses. I was doing this for my own satisfaction (ultimately, though, not enjoyment) but it was nice to see that there were people paying attention along the way.