Starting James Joyce’s “Ulysses”


So as I mentioned in a recent post, I am now beginning Ulysses, arguably the greatest modernist novel ever written. I am going to go fairly slow, probably one section/episode every week or every other week. My idea is that if any of you want to read along, you will be able to do so. I will post my thoughts after each section and hopefully generate some discussion via the comments section.

I read Ulysses while in college. I took an upper-level course which was just Ulysses. All we had to do was complete the book and write a couple papers along the way. When I finished, I felt like I had accomplished the literary equivalent of climbing Mount Everest. There were times when I loved it, and times when I felt like tearing out pages and burning them. In the end, though, I’m glad that I persevered.

Alright then. Off we go. For those who are interested, here is a link to the Sparknotes for the text (this will probably be helpful). Next weekend I will be posting on the first episode, which in my copy ends on page 23.


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8 responses to “Starting James Joyce’s “Ulysses”

  1. I will try to read along. I think it will be more fun.

    • YAY! I know you will be able to add a lot to the conversation. Now I’m really excited 🙂

      • To make things easier, can you tell me what is the last sentence of the first section you read? I need to visit Joyce’s grave soon and ask for his blessing – he is buried near where I live, actually.

      • Very cool! Ask his blessings for me too 😉

        Great idea about posting the last sentence. I’ll do that for each section. The last sentence of the first episode is:


  2. I’m glad you’re going slow. I started reading it before going to bed, and find that works very well. Looking forward to reading it along with you and others.

  3. Good luck. I have other commitments for the summer but I’ll be interested in your insights. I read it once but can’t say it made any kind of impact on me. He is too demanding.