Moments of greatness
Yes. He's a suburb writer and can spin a great story. Parts of Ragtime were so good I couldn't get them out of my mind for days. But seeing his best then makes the less successful chapters seem a little lazy.
The early chapter walking through the horrors of industrial America on the working class was as good as Leaves of Grass -- powerful, lyrical, and fast paced.
It's a course, so this isn't applicable
The professor is engaging and his use of his personal experience with a family mental disorder illustrated a subset of his lessons in a compelling way. Three stars is in comparison to professional narrators.
This is a great topic. But it is necessarily complex. I finished each lesson wanting more depth. The professor gamely tried to provide real insight but this required him to move too fast so he could hit all the points he wanted to make. Even as a survey, the scope should be smaller. That said, I very much enjoyed this and would recommend it. It provides a great 10,000 foot view and does so in a way that drew me in.
Maybe in the distant future. It's too long for a lark.
Wandering Rocks, Cyclops, and Oxen cane through particularly well read aloud.
This recording reminded me of just what a feat Joyce pulled off with the book.
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