Reading ‘Ulysses’ requires a heroic effort

In honor of Bloomsday, today’s column is about James Joyce’s “Ulysses,” which I recently read.

To update the column, a handful of us are either meeting at my friend Dustin’s house, or taking in the Bloomsday event at Westwood’s Hammer Museum. If you’re curious to know more, the “Ulysses” Wikipedia entry is a good introduction, and this piece from The Economist on why the book matters, and why you really do have time to read it, is short and entertaining.

Incidentally, I have to point out that the book has references to Leopold and Molly Bloom’s previous apartment on “Ontario terrace,” and there’s also a reference to “upland hay.” Nothing about the goddess Pomona, though.

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  • Ramona

    Congratulations! Now that you’ve read it and shared the salient points I don’t have to. I could enter a discussion of “Ulysses” – as if one would ever come up in my circle – and sound like I know what I’m talking about. Thanks for that.

    I have enough trouble just getting through a Jack Reacher novel. If I really want a challenge I grab one of my Pat Conroy cruelty extravaganzas.

    • davidallen909

      There’s a whole book about enabling people to pretend they’ve read great books. I haven’t read it but with a few minutes’ research I could probably fake it.