I want to bring this up at Tilting with Windmills, but I think it will be less alarming to throw it out on my own blog first:
- would anyone be interested in a forming a reading group to work our way through James Joyce’s Ulysses?
I say this, obviously, because I would not only be very interested in joining one, but in spearheading the operation. Ulysses is, far and away, my favorite book of all time, but one that I have only read completely through once, despite returning to it and reading chunks several times a year.
Many book-bloggers have expressed trepidation about Ulysses, and I’ve often attempted to calm their fears and say something slightly more eloquent than what I mean: “Just read it!” There is no possible way that it will let you down, even if you can’t shake the sense that you’re only “skimming the surface,” because the surface of Ulysses is magnificent!
I also believe that Ulysses is an ideal choice for this type of blog-collective, for several reasons:
- it is a vast, multi-voiced, text, therefore making it excellent for a multi-voiced reading experience
- it can be discouraging at times, so a cloud of peers will be very helpful
- the amount of secondary material that can be brought in, for assistance, for exploration, and for depth, is astronomical, and much of it is readily accessible on the web
- it is ideally read with some sort of schedule or structure, as it can be so very easy to put down, but can be difficult to return afterwards
So what say you? Would anyone be at least a little bit interested? If so, leave a comment and let me know.
(pictured: Marilyn Monroe reading Ulysses)