While Bloom's passionate wife, Molly, conducts yet another illicit liasion (with her concert manager), Bloom finds himself getting into arguments with drunken nationalists and wild carousing with excitable medical students, before rescuing Stephen Dedalus from a brawl and returning with him to his own basement kitchen.
In the hands of Jim Norton and Marcella Riordan, experienced and stimulating Joycean readers, and carefully directed by Roger Marsh, Ulysses becomes accessible as never before. It is entertaining, immediate, funny, and rich in classical, philosophical, and musical allusion.
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"As ambitious and rewarding an audio production as any that exists, an audio experience that truly deserves to be cherished....Readers of Ulysses have long been encouraged to read out loud the more difficult sections for added comprehension and enjoyment of the language. Now, thanks to Naxos, the entire book is available in a performance to savor. It is safe to say that anyone wanting to experience the preeminent work of modern fiction has in this package the perfect audio companion." (AudioFile)
This book may have been shocking or even relevant when it was originally published. However, it is no longer neither now. It is a complete bore.
I'll be honest, this is by no means light reading, and I went into this seeking something that would challenge my mind. I appreciated Joyce's depiction of life in early 20th century Ireland and how he showed it completely rounded and even focused on less mentioned aspects such as the general anti-semetism. It is also clear that Joyce was quick the literary ventriloquist, and clearly never met a writing style he never liked. I also liked Simon Bloom's internal monologues, and Buck Mulogan was a cheeky fellow
Having said that, at times it felt more like the book was focused on being clever and doing literary tricks, and the plot and general experience of the novel suffered because of this. Actually, this was a recurring problem I had with this novel. I also feel I'd have better appreciated this novel is studied in a class rather than read on my own. Maybe I'd have a better appreciation rather than feeling it might be more than a little overhyped. I'd been on a literary kick, but after this book I dove back into the world of genre.
Overall, it was...an, um, experience. If nothing else
Joyce is a very clever author. He has a mastery of the language that is at times very funny, and at times very engaging.
On the other hand, he just doesn't know how to tell a story. There is no narative here, no suspense, no climax. It is just an account of a man's thoughts and trivial actions going through a day.
Joyce badly needs an editor. I found myself looking to see how much longer I was going to have to suffer through a chapter.
The reading, I have to say, was excellent, which is probably what made me stick with it.
I've always wanted to read Ulysses, and I thought that this would be a great way to get the nuances of the language.
While the narration seems great at first, someone, the narrator, the engineer or the producer, decided that it would be great for the performer to speak very quietly through the narration and then bellow the speaking parts. I listen in the car and the narrative parts are indecipherable without the volume turned nearly to max, and when the performer gets to a spoken part I have to quickly turn the volume down to avoid getting blasted out. When I realized that I was driving with my hand on the volume control I abandoned the book.
From the reviews I've read of the work, much of what makes Ulysses a "masterpiece" is the characters' inner monologues. I'm guessing that is why this book is so confusing to listen to. It is impossible to tell when the character is interacting with another character and when he is thinking thoughts to himself.
Not necessarily. I'm Irish so when reading the book I "get" all the meanings and nuance's.However, for anybody not lucky enough to be Irish Jim Norton makes the book accessible to all. This version is a great way to "read" this iconic book for the first time but I would strongly recommend reading it in the old-fashioned way afterwards.
Funny Parodies Thoughts
Listening to Ulysses, if like me, you haven't taken the course that explains the book is more like listening to an Opera without orchestration than a book. It's more like music where you can figure out what is going on in snippets as he moves from one stylistic vehicle to another. It is very funny with terrific parodies that work just as well 100 years after it was written.
Yes, the performance by Jim Norton is masterful. He sings, he brings each character to life, he even does his own sound effects. This dense book is much more comprehensible in audiobook form than print. As much as I enjoyed reading the text years ago, listening to it now in this form is so much richer.
Leo Bloom, everyman.
no, but I will now seek them out.
Highly recommended for anyone who has always wanted to read this master work, especially for those who found the text too dense. This is more like a radio play.
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.
It could never be better because Ulysses is a masterpiece of writing but it truly benefits the undestanding.
I liked all the characters due to their particular qualities, but as I have to choose I pick L. Bloom because he could really be a man you met any time. And regarding Molly, I am sure I heard women saying the words in her monologue.
He brings the story to life. You feel that every moment is a true moment.
I am very glad I chose this new experience.
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