You know what I really don't like about my copy of Everyman's Library Ulysses? It's got one of the worst possible pictures of him for the cover. Why wouldn't they pick something like this, where he's got a nice mustache and an eye-patch?
>>7656746 What's the earliest generation before us that could understand Infinite Jest? If it was presented as a futuristic novel in the 60s, would anyone understand it, believe it, and like it?Do you think Joyce would have liked the book?
I read IJ and liked it a lot. Could relate to it due to its modernity, and felt that lots of its themes are timeless. His views on addiction may make edgy liberals angry but he's right. Anybody who's delved into a drug or entertainment loses part of himself to it. And honestly, I'm saving Ulysses for when I'm far into the western canon. I read the first chapter and stopped bc I felt like I'd miss out on things. I'm sort of well read for the average population but not extremely. I'm only 20 years old and even though I was an avid reader in high school(the existentialists, good amount of surrealists, classics, dosto), I want to go over the Greeks and have been feeling a Catholic revival within me. I want to be able to tackle stuff like City of God. Then I'll take on Ulysses.
>>7659629 I said that I read the first chapter, and while I enjoyed the plot(or the beginning of it), a ton went over my head and I didn't enjoy that. Maybe I'm not mature enough for it. I see that there's talent in that book, but I'm not gonna force myself through a book I won't enjoy at the moment. Does that make sense?
>>7659633 Okay, but I feel you may be a little insecure. I'd still recommend giving it a shot, you can't get anything in one read anyway. Keep at it though m8, you should definitely still read what you're planning to.
>>7659639 I agree with you. It is a very daunting book, it did make me feel shaky about my ability. I'm currently reading V. and I'm loving it so far, halfway through. I had no problem with IJ, only that it took me longer than I expected. Very fun read
>>7659624 I read Ulysses, missed most of the allusions but its still a fantastic book. Then I re-read it after reading Joyce' earlier work, Homer, reference guides, Aristotle etc. and obviously it is far more satisfying and enjoyable to read now, but I wouldn't have had the motivation to do all that without the first reading. Just dive in mate. Also, don't worry about chapter 3, and definitely don't stop before chapter 4
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