Wednesday, March 17, 2004


Might it once again be time to make an attempt at reading that famed novel?

So here's what all the fuss is about: On one level, “Ulysses” follows an Irish Jew named Leopold Bloom through his day in Dublin — a day on which he's cuckolded, has his own run-ins with pretty women and anti-Semites, and saves young writer Stephen Dedalus (Joyce's alter ego) from a heap of trouble. On deeper levels, the book mirrors Homer's Odyssey and Ireland's history, takes on the universal spiritual quest and stretches the envelope of language itself. Joyce wrote the book to reflect the way people really think, speak and act, even in the outhouse — and his descriptions celebrate the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of Dublin.

Sounds interesting...