October 8, 2009

TO READ IT IS TO SUBMIT:

REVIEW: of Ulysses and Us: The Art of Everyday Life in Joyce’s Masterpiece By Declan Kiberd (Justin Moyer, October 8, 2009, CS Monitor)

Something stays a reader’s hand when he reaches for a dusty copy of James Joyce’s “Ulysses.” Maybe it’s the lack of quotation marks. Or the run-on sentences. Or the Dublin street slang. Or the frequent absence of plot, narrators, logic, or any trappings of what might be called a story. Or a vocabulary that would challenge the most self-assured SAT scholar. (“Scortatory,” anyone? How about “monoideal?”)

Or it could be the fussy, rag-and-bone- shop references to the Bible, Homer, Shakespeare, Dante, Irish myth, and Irish colonial history juxtaposed with graphic depictions of sex acts that outdo the most shocking Internet pornography.


No, just that it is both unreadable and an assault by the writer on the reader.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 8, 2009 6:03 AM
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