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James Joyce (1 Viewer)


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Anybody read anything by him? I've polished off Dubliners and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and thought the former was good and the latter amazing.
Great, so you're all set for the literary ride of the 20th century - Ulysses. It's a magnificent novel. I don't think I've read anything that amazed me more than Molly Bloom's monologue.

I've read everything by Joyce, he's such an awe-inspiring writer.


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Portrait of the Artist as a Prematurely Old Man
by Ogden Nash

It is common knowledge to every schoolboy and even every Bachelor of Arts,
That all sin is divided into two parts.
One kind of sin is called a sin of commission, and that is very important,
And it is what you are doing when you are doing something you ortant,
And the other kind of sin is just the opposite and is called a sin of
omission and is equally bad in the eyes of all right-thinking people,
from Billy Sunday to Buddha,
And it consists of not having done something you shuddha.
I might as well give you my opinion of these two kinds of sin as long as, in
a way, against each other we are pitting them,
And that is, don't bother your head about sins of commission because however
sinful, they must at least be fun or else you wouldn't be committing
It is the sin of omission, the second kind of sin,
That lays eggs under your skin.
The way you get really painfully bitten
Is by the insurance you haven't taken out and the checks you haven't added up
the stubs of and the appointments you haven't kept and the bills you
haven't paid and the letters you haven't written.
Also, about sins of omission there is one particularly painful lack of
Namely, it isn't as though it had been a riotous red-letter day or night every
time you neglected to do your duty;
You didn't get a wicked forbidden thrill
Every time you let a policy lapse or forgot to pay a bill;
You didn't slap the lads in the tavern on the back and loudly cry Whee,
Let's all fail to write just one more letter before we go home, and this
round of unwritten letters is on me.
No, you never get any fun
Out of things you haven't done,
But they are the things that I do not like to be amid,
Because the suitable things you didn't do give you a lot more trouble than
the unsuitable things you did.
The moral is that it is probably better not to sin at all, but if some kind
of sin you must be pursuing,
Well, remember to do it by doing rather than by not doing.

Sorry, this might be my favorite parody.

Dr. Malone

I'm reading Ulysses right now. I'm really not that impressed with Joyce's writing. He definitely does some expiremental stuff, but the overall writing falls short for me.
The content holds up, though, obviously.


WF Veterans
When I read Ulysees I found the start enthralling and it zipped by. Then it started to get turgid, over-descriptive and dull. Then, just as I - like countless others - was about to ditch it, it stormed back with a vengence!

Finnegan's Wake, however, was dull all the way to the very last word, and certainly not worth the hard work.