Review: Ulysses by James Joyce

This book is immense. It’s loosely the story of the Odyssey, written in every last form of writing I can possibly conceive of (chapters written in lists, stream of consciousness, short sentences, long sentences and more).

It is brilliant, but nearly impossible to read – I had to read another two books alongside this to get any kind of understanding.

I’ve a few favourite bits:

  • Where for no reason I can think of, he writes “the Leith police dismisseth us”, which turns out to be a tongue twister that was used to check if people were drunk or not when the book was published.
  • The last chapter, which starts with short sentences that get longer and longer. One sentence is 5 pages long or something.

Not for the faint hearted – it’s a real commitment.

Highly recommended.


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