Having celebrated Bloomsday 2009 by declaring I was up for a read of the mighty Ulysses,
who'd have thought so many people felt likewise and want to climb that
mountain together. I can't tell you how relieved I am that I haven't
got to do this on my own, thank you all very much for joining me, so
Team Ulysses let's do that thing.
Faber have very kindly offered the use of some pdf files from Declan Kiberd's book Ulysses and Us, The Art of Everyday Living which started it all and don't miss news of two prize draws in the posts below this one.
My thoughts are that we convene here on the16th of each month having read as much or as little as we each feel able, but I'm planning a very slow read and aim to have reached that final word 'yes' by Bloomsday 2010, does that seem feasible?
I've said it now so I've got to do it and I feel comforted by Declan's father's permission to skip the baffling bits, though I'm hoping to stick most of it out.
732 pages so 61 pages a month, 2 pages a day even?
Surely I can manage that, but let me know your thoughts on that read-rate and don't feel obliged to adhere to mine.
So on the 16th each month I'll post my thoughts, and this will include the struggles and clouds of incomprehension of which I expect quite a sky full.
We can debate and share further ideas in comments throughout the month too.
I've set up a 'dovegrey readers' link over here >>>> and I will tag all the posts together under the Ulysses link there.
Ulysses and Us, The Art of Everyday Living is the book I'm going to be following and falling back on for encouragement and good cheer as I read. Declan Kiberd divides the book up into 18 themes which I'm planning to follow chronologically, the first being 'Waking'.
I have no idea how that will work out but it feels like better scaffolding than anything Ulyssesian I've looked at in the past, and I think I do need a structure and commentary of some description to follow.
However there are no rules so please feel free to use whatever Ulyssesian reading aids (or not) that you feel suit you the best (are there York Notes?) and I doubt I'll be able stop myself delving into the life and times of James Joyce either, or the context of the times in which the book was written and published, so I think it will be a really interesting and exciting reading journey.
OK Team Ulysses, best foot forward and we're off.