Posted by: Mish | July 30, 2010

Ulysses: Shite and Onions

Don’t know whether it’s a compliment, an insult, or a mix of both, but apparently I write like James Joyce. I’m currently on page 90 of 750 of Ulysses. Took a suggestion to read it as a stream of consciousness. Makes it slightly easier, but it’s still a slogger. Too early to say how I feel about it. Could be better, could be worse. Busy schedule that leaves me tuckered doesn’t help. Caught quite a few allusions, mainly about Oscar Wilde and art. Really like Wilde’s writing. Coworker said A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is a better introduction to Joyce. It’s a helluva lot shorter that’s for sure. He’s currently reading Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow, we get along handsomely. Why am I participating in the read-along hosted by Infinite Zombies? Because misery loves company. Besides, the posts make a good study guide. Also for the Book of the Century Challenge and my inclination to read banned books. Interesting tidbits about Joyce’s “pornographic” novel at some point.

Shite and onions. I’m no way near where that expression appears, but thanks to Sarah for bringing it, the analyzer, and the read-along to my attention. Pfffft…

I write like
James Joyce

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  1. Ha! You’re very welcome, Mish. ‘James Joyce’ may be something of a back-handed compliment, but believe me, it could be worse 😦

    My Joyce and Cervantes reading have tailed off sadly this week. I cannot imagine how I can catch up with both. Perhaps better to admit defeat now and save myself the anxiety.

    But ‘Shite and onions’ is wonderful, isn’t it? Cursing doesn’t have to be dull!

  2. I tried this a few weeks back – four attempts, three unique authors, including Arthur C. Clarke, and the dreaded, umm… Dan Brown!

  3. Sarah: True, it could. I foresee using Joyce’s colourful curses in the future.

    I’m not making a huge effort to keep up with the readings. Coming home from work at 2300 leaves little energy for Ulysses. Sometimes I read five pages, sometimes more. Whatever. I think I’ll try to finish Frankenstein this coming week and before starting Quixote.

    Uncertain: On trying again I got David Foster Wallace twice and Arthur C. Clarke. Not familiar with their writing, but Clarke is cool and I’m looking forward to reading 2001: Space Odyssey.

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