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Reading Ulysses?


It’s Bloomsday and I have a confession to make:


I’ve tried to read Ulysses several times but have always lost momentum. Truthfully, I’ve never read further than a third of the way in. I’m not proud of this. Actually, I’m a little sad. I want to feel the elation of having read to the end. I want to find the pleasure and joy in the writing that so many other people experience. I want to read Ulysses.

I didn’t exactly mean to suggest we could have an office read-along for the next year, culminating in a great big hooray and sigh of relief next June 16th. I still have some colleagues to gently persuade, and I might see if anyone at work outside the web office would like to join in too. And as my Twitter friend Naomi (@frizbot) mentioned it, and I’m of the opinion that the more the merrier, if anyone else would like to join in then please do. I’d love it if anyone wanted to talk about the book here on the blog, or on Twitter (I’m @janesharp1671). I’m going to use the hashtag #JJUlysses on Twitter.

I haven’t really worked out any details as such yet (well I only thought of at lunchtime), but one book, one year, starting tomorrow with monthly meet-ups here on the 16th of each month. My edition has 933 pages. That’s 76 pages a month, or 18 a week, or two and a half a day. We can do that.

If anyone fancies joining let me know either here or on Twitter (or email or in person if we know each other in real life). If anyone has any ideas about how best to approach the book, let me know too please. I remember that the wonderful Dovegreyreader had a read together of the book a few years ago, so I might take a peek and see if she has any advice and tips for us. I think I’ll do another quick blog at the weekend once we’ve got a few days under our belt and firm up a schedule/strategy. Or we’ll just make it up as we go along. Reading Ulysses is on.

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