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James Joyce

Post by Mira » September 1st, 2010, 7:35 pm

Okay, it's got to be said. I read five pages of Ulysses and I'm still recuperating. Do people really like it? I mean seriously. Not just as an intellectual exercise - do you really like reading this??

Same with D.H. Lawrence. I don't get it. I just don't get it.

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Re: James Joyce

Post by mojo25 » September 1st, 2010, 7:44 pm

Try Dubliners, which is wonderful and very accessible. Nobody can get through Ulysses. You're not alone. But Dubliners is beautifully written. It's basically a series of short stories--each with an epiphany. The stories aren't heavy or intellectual.

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Re: James Joyce

Post by steve » September 1st, 2010, 8:06 pm

Mira wrote:Okay, it's got to be said. I read five pages of Ulysses and I'm still recuperating. Do people really like it? I mean seriously. Not just as an intellectual exercise - do you really like reading this??
Yes.

One of my favorite books. I did my senior thesis on the "Ithaca" chapter.

Mira wrote: Same with D.H. Lawrence. I don't get it. I just don't get it

Lawrence is my favorite writer.

No one has ever put together a run as great as SONS AND LOVERS, THE RAINBOW, and WOMEN IN LOVE.

SONS AND LOVERS might be the best young adult novel ever written.
Read one of the best stories by Borges.

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Re: James Joyce

Post by Margo » September 1st, 2010, 9:40 pm

I can't get into James Joyce, either. But then again, I'm the only person I know who liked Heart of Darkness. We probably all have some work of classical literature we can't stand and some ponderous book that we secretly like.
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