>not owning a reprinted first edition of Ulysses
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So, serious question here...
I've gotten the pretty solid impression from innumerable sources that the best way to read Ulysses is with a guide of some sort. Not even if you're trying to grasp it in an academic sense but to enjoy the book to its fullest you'll need to know the references at the time of its writing and the language used.
My question is, that if the classics are almost unanimously agreed to be classics because of their timelessness and universal themes, how can Ulysses be considered among them if it is anything but?
Its themes are universal. It touches on friendship, marriage, sex, death, guilt, religion, identity, nationalism, poverty etc.
You don't even need reference materials to notice all of these things in it.
Ulysses seems bizarre, almost like its a Greco-Russian inventory-novel, but with a heavy gloss of Westernised Form.
It plays fast and loose but ultimately remains austere due to its demand for structure.
google is hard
this is the only decent edition I could find in stores but its grown on me. I couldn't find a better image of it
couldn't they have just stopped at by James Joyce and put the rest of the back of the cover?
Nah, you'll be missing Odysseus connection without it. Best way of reading it is just using both or one of the schemas. They are short and easy enough to gasp by titles and characters alone, for anything else you go with Ulysses Annotated.