Monday, November 7, 2011

Book Club: Ulysses, by James Joyce

I'm participating in the 1Book140 book club reading of Ulysses by James Joyce. This is a massive undertaking, in part because the book is so dense and chewy, and in part because there's so much material out there to read about this classic.
[Note: 1book140 is a monthly online book club hosted by Jeff Howe and The Atlantic. The November 2011 selection is Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut. More about the book club's launch at this link. To join the book club (whether you choose to read Ulysses or not), use this link.]
I expect to write from time to time about Ulysses and the experience of reading it with a virtual book club. If you have any interest in Ulysses or are interested in joining along with the book club, the following resources may be of use to you:
Some additional resources:
Ulysses eBook - Project Gutenberg
Multiple formats available; keep in mind that this work is still under copyright in the EU into 2012. The HTML version does not provide breaks or headings at points where previous Episode ends and a new one begins.
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Ulysses (novel) - Wikipedia entry
Worth reading for the history, context and outlines, overview of Episodes.
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Ulysses in a Nutshell (Shmoop-based summaries and analysis)
Note the links to Intro and each of the Episodes; each Episode has both a summary and an analysis.
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Ulysses audiobook -
Note downloadable versions as well as embedded player; the downloads and player are divided by episode.
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Ulysses audiobook -
Compare and contrast with the version which has near-commercial production values. Also note backstory about LibriVox's production at:
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Twitter tags: Book Club, Ulysses - #occupyulysses Book Club, all - #1book140
It's worth noting that Ulysses was written over a seven-year span. It may not be unreasonable to think it will take as long to fully grasp this work.

1 comment:

  1. GREAT BLOG POST! I love all the links and resources!