June: "Ulysses" by James Joyce

Lots of advance notice for this one as it's a whopper!

Ulysses. Arguably the greatest English novel ever written, according to many. Who's up for the challenge?

A visit to Dublin has fired my inspiration to read this famous book; I have started it many times but have never succeeded in getting past page 10. So let's plough through it and meet on June 16th, Bloomsday, the day on which the entire novel takes place. And what better place to discuss it than in Copenhagen's finest Irish pub, The Globe? Maybe we'll even down a pint of the black stuff.

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  • Milli

    have NOT finished the book... :(

    June 15, 2013

  • Mark L.

    Flying, so can't make it :/

    June 14, 2013

  • Agatha M.

    I am on holiday on June 16. Have fun! Looking forward for the July meetup.

    May 21, 2013

  • Simon S.

    Has anyone started yet? I've read three chapters now.

    May 3, 2013

  • Simon S.

    Is there perhaps a point in adding intermediary milestones? I haven't been to a book club meeting in a long time, but I seem to recall a lot of people bailing at the last minute. With a couple of milestones on your back, at least that is a good reason to show up. :)

    April 9, 2013

    • Simon S.

      It could be for the first part, which appears to be the first three episodes. The second part could be divided into two. I don't know what should happen at each milestone, but I suppose we either meet or at least say that we've read them.

      April 9, 2013

    • Simon S.

      That's a good idea. I've read Telemachus now. :)

      April 10, 2013

  • Simon S.

    I downloaded the audiobook from http://librivox.org/ulysses-by-james-joyce/ -- the readers are quite unprofessional and read both slowly and erroneously, but they laugh at the same time, so it's enjoyable.

    At the same time I am reading the book from http://joyceproject.com/ -- they have a remarkable feature: You can turn on color-coded notes in cash of Irish culture references, literary references including some immediate analysis which is helpful if you lose track of what has already happened.

    I'm not sure I would appreciate reading it if I knew how much I didn't understand and could not access.

    1 · April 10, 2013

    • Simon S.

      So here's my list of words from Telemachus that I didn't understand at first and had to look up:

      Introibo ad altare Dei (used mockingly about his shaving ritual as if it carried the significance of catholic mass)
      Chrysostomos (name, meaning "golden-mouthed"­, in particular used historically about an early, Greek father of the orthodox church. Apparently the same reference as in the Danish psalm, "Morgenstund har guld i mund" that you might know).
      Malachi Mulligan, two dactyls (one long and two short syllables or of one stressed and two unstressed syllables (as in tenderly)
      Hellenic (of ancient Greece)
      Epi oinopa ponton (from Homer's Odyssey, "upon the wine-dark sea", used in relation with "snotgreen" to denote sarcasm)

      April 10, 2013

    • Simon S.

      Thalatta! Thalatta: "The sea! The sea!" -- historic outcry: http://en.wikipedia.o...­!
      Parapet (wall-like barrier at edge of roof to defend building from military attack)
      cuffedge (edge of sleeve)
      omphalos (Greek, religious stone artifact meaning "navel" (of the world) -- http://en.wikipedia.o...­ )
      valise (~1605 via French from Italian: small piece of hand luggage; suitcase)
      by Jove (~1325, by Jupiter)
      prepuces (foreskin)
      cuckquean (A woman who has an unfaithful husband.)
      junket (a festive social affair)
      Agenbite of Inwit (Ayenbite of Inwyt, 1340, a confessional prose work written in a Kentish dialect of Middle English, is a translation of "Book of Vices and Virtues" a late 13th century treatise on Christian morality)
      capered (leaped)
      chemise (a woman's one-piece undergarment)

      April 10, 2013

  • Mark L.

    As a lover of books, grew up in Sandycove where the Yeats Tower is located, and yet never read this book. So I guess I had better give it a go!

    1 · April 6, 2013

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