Regarded as the zenith of modernist fiction, James Joyce's masterpiece continues to attract, enthrall and baffle critics as it manages to fit religion, death, culture, politics metaphysics, epistemology, and the history of human progress into a single day. Joyce structured his revolutionary novel to mirror the Greek myth, emphasizing the wandering quest "back home" undertaken by his protagonist on a summer day in Dublin. Layered, heady and often irreverently comical, Ulysses remains unparalleled.
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Ulysses has the effect at once of making everything else look brassy. Since I have read it, the texture of other novelists seems intolerably loose and careless...Read Full Review of Ulysses
Admirers of the book will wish to have the splendid new edition, but need not expect to find it a new work. Ulysses has been given a commendably high polish and some of its small perfections recovered.Read Full Review of Ulysses
What I found was two novels: a deeply humanistic one which brilliantly and beautifully captures the life of a day in Dublin primarily through three main characters; and a second, highly literary one of surpassing complexity and, without careful study, limited accessibility...So, Joyce's Ulysses is still a very hard read.Read Full Review of Ulysses
In the case of Ulysses, Joyce is doing more than telling the story of one day in the life of an ordinary (and somewhat underachieving) man. He is presenting us with all sorts of ways of thinking...ways of categorizing information and analyzing the world around us...Read Full Review of Ulysses
But last night I had an epiphany. It occurred to me that Ulysses is the greatest hoax of the century...Surely, Joyce must have realized that Ulysses was the inevitable & fitting conclusion to the Romantic Age...Ulysses is the culmination of this trend--a novel that could only be read, understood or enjoyed by its author. Spare yourself.Read Full Review of Ulysses
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