I wanted to do a thread in the Book Club section where we can read Ulysses and have a discussion. However, I feel that I need a better exposure to the history of Ireland, read Hamlet and The Odyssey again before takling Ulysses.
I tried reading Ulysses once about 3-4 years ago. It really kicked my butt intellectually, and I felt I wasn't smart enough to read it. So I gave up during Aeolus, conceded that Joyce was too much of a genius for me to even comprehend, and each chapter employed such different and new styles.
Going through Joycean criticsm, I'm ready to give this novel another go. I would love to have a really good guide alongside the book so I pick up on all the things Joyce packs in each chapter (I swear he redifined "dense").
If I think Ulysses was this bad, I can't even imagine how Finnegans Wake is going to be. I know I'm terribly unreasonable and insane so maybe the book can work for me, or maybe not.
Almost done with Moby Dick so I'll start with Joyce in a bit.
Anyone like or hate Joyce? Recommendations to help with reading Ulysses or any of Joyce's other poems, short stories and novels?