Ulysses

Ulysses

Downloadable Audiobook - 1994
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Presents a recording of the novel which describes the adventures and exploits of Leopold Bloom as he wanders through Dublin on a single day, June 16, 1904. Set within the context of Homer's Odyssey, Joyce uses stream of consciousness as a literary device to illuminate the internal thoughts of Bloom, his wife, Molly, and other assorted characters.
Publisher: [Germany?] : Naxos Audiobooks, p1994.
Branch Call Number: eAUDIO OVERDRI
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital

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kmoyer
Aug 12, 2014

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.

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LibraryUser53
Dec 10, 2013

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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