Ulysses is one of those books that has always felt inaccessible. Different styles within the novel, certain lack of structure, experimental up to the point of obscurity, a profuse use Hiberno-English and geographical terms about Dublin and its surroundings, plus an overload of literary, historical and theological references, surely make the most intrepid readers shake in fear when confronting James Joyce’s masterpiece.
Well, fear no more. If you ever wanted to read Ulysses, this is your chance.
After last year success with the Infinite Summer challenge (in which we read David Foster Wallace’s incunabulum Infinite Jest), our friend John Bradley comes back this spring to help us all read this intimidating high modernist gem, that we should have probably read by now, but never had the ovaries to do so.
Starting on the first day of Spring, Wednesday, March 21, we’ll read Ulysses over the season at an expected progress of 3 sections every 2 weeks. The plan is to finish the 18 sections of the book by June 16 (12 weeks later).
Besides the kick-start and final meetings, we’ll also have two official meetings more in between to discuss sections 1-6 (April 18), and 7-12 (May 16), respectively.
We’re looking forward to having you with us. There’s nothing we can’t achieve together. Even Joyce.
Illustration by John Rooney.