With 22 CDs to listen to, this takes a bit of time and awhile to get the ear atuned to the dialogue - found some bits hard going (checked the summary notes on Wikipedia half way through & was pleased to find I'd been getting the general gyst of the story), some bits very funny and the overall experience was really worth it.
I've avoided this book for years, been told it was impenetrable, opaque, impossible to understand. Not true, at least for the audio version. What I found was that's not true at all. If you just sit back and listen, let your mind focus on the alliterative rhythmic prose, what you will hear is a compelling story, easy to follow and understand. A lot of vocabulary challenging non sequiturs, true, but that's to be expected in Joyce's stream of consciousness method. Here's how it starts: "Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came down the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and razor lay crossed. " Sounds pretty good right? And did you notice all the "S"'s? Hey, any story beginning with a character named "Buck Mulligan" has to be good. This book, it is sort of like that joke "Two Irishmen walk out of a bar. It COULD happen. " Difficult to explain, but easy to understand. By the way, there's a reason the razor lay crossed. Recommended.
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