Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Ulysses Read-along - Part 3

Ulysses – James Joyce (Read-along)
Evan’s ESS = TBD out of 10
Erin’s ESS = out of 10
Content = PG (Adult Content, Very Mild Language, Inappropriate Spying, Frequent Bar Hopping)

Why:  We apologize in advance for the brevity of this update, but if we don’t focus all our energy on completing Ulysses, we risk dropping out of this read-along.  The good news is that we’re only 1 episode behind, however, the bad news is that the episode in question happens to be a whopping 181 pages long. *Gulp*

Impressions for this third section?  Pain.  Pain and suffering.  We’ve tried to remain optimistic and have found some comfort in the fact that the reader isn’t supposed to understand Ulysses.  Why James Joyce?  Why?  Special thanks to our friend Lisa who recommended some very interesting resources.  Still, our head is about to explode. 

On the bright side (or the not so depressing side), it has been interesting to see what the next Episode is going to bring – stream of consciousness, incomprehensible garble, play script.  While we didn’t understand many of the events, the dialogue in Episode 14 was at least interesting, plus “The Citizen” is a really cool alias.  We also encountered our first action sequence, albeit brief, when Mr. Bloom experienced a brush with death in the form of a maliciously thrown tin box...

Okay, back to the reading... hopefully we’ll emerge next week with a smile on our face.  No guarantees.


  1. I agree that one of the things that keeps me reading is wondering what technique he's going to throw at us next. It may take me a while to discover all of his tricks, though--I'm pretty behind right now.

  2. Pain and suffering pretty much says it all.