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Discuss "Ulysses And Us" by Declan Kiberd

Ah, June. The month of "Bloomsday," when lovers of James Joyce celebrate the one day documented in his masterwork, ULYSSES.
Now, no question, it's a daunting work. Joyce's idiosyncratic punctuation and oddball story construction make ULYSSES one of those books that lots of people keep meaning to read, but somehow never bother.
I've found that one way to get through ULYSSES is to use the Annotated Student Edition, with footnotes by Joyce scholar Declan Kiberd. By explaining some of the historical events happening on that day, along with documenting the story outline that Joyce used, as well as some of the social customs of the period, Kiberd makes getting through ULYSSES all that much easier.
Which is why, for this Meetup, we won't be looking at ULYSSES directly. We'll be looking at a book *about* ULYSSES, written by the man who did those footnotes. From the back cover:
" ... Kiberd shows that ULYSSES was never meant to be an abscure book for the elite -- in fact it is a book for everyone, and offers a humane vision of a more tolerant and decent life under the pressures of the modern world."
Published in 2009, the book is still available from the usual retail outlets, and there are 2 copies available at the Ottawa Public Library.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I couldn't get into it. And my daughter is visiting from Toronto.

    So, regrets.

    Filling a gap by reading Ivanhoe, Sir Walter Scott. It's a fun book.

    June 26, 2013

  • Michael B.

    Thought I'd be able to slog my way through this by Thursday, but can't get into it, see you at the next one!

    June 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi everyone, I won't be able to make it afterall. I look forwarding to meeting you next time

    June 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would love to have attended, but it's graduation night for my teenager - hope to join you next time.

    June 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thought I could read this in time, turns out not. Hope to see everyone again soon.

    June 24, 2013

  • Noah g.

    I'm committed to help with the fringe festival that night. Dang shame cause part of me was looking forward to an excuse to bull through ulysses.

    June 12, 2013

  • Victor W.

    Just to let people know, I did request the big table for this upcoming Meetup.

    June 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good idea Sheila - think Victor has tried to book it before -- hope it is not booked for Ulysses!

    June 3, 2013

  • Sheila

    Victor, Just a suggestion; I found the big round table at the front of the Abbey (Table 130) of the Pub Italia, worked well for the size of group we usually have. See you June!

    June 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Miss this great B and B club. Been reading like crazy though-most recently "The 100 Year Old Man who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared". It was fun. Other readings include requirements related to the fabulous free offerings from Coursera, a collection of online top quality (so far for me) university courses-universities all around the world. My greatest find in recent years, thanks to the suggestion of a writerly friend. I love it. Enough to share it with you readers here! :) Just google Coursera if you are curious and don't already know the resource.

    May 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Maureen! I miss university and have been looking at references for the free ones. When I was too busy to write at U because I was already writing for marks I never procrastinated -- now with time to write - I have the big P in a bad way. This sounds like just the cure!

      May 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If at first your don't succeed, read read and ...

    March 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    See ya there!

    March 26, 2013

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  • Victor W.
    Event Host
  • Sheila
    Co-Organizer
  • A former member
  • A former member
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