by Shannen W. Coffin

Derb, Lest I commit literary heresy, I always hear that Joyce’s Ulysses has, as the website “Ulysses for Dummies” puts it, “been hailed as a masterpiece since its publication in 1922.” All of the lists of greatest books in literature have it at or near the top. I found it to be the most impenetrable, self-absorbed tome I’ve ever had to pick up. So count me among those who just don’t get Ulysses (perhaps the “for Dummies” website was written for me). And for those who want to email me and tell me, once again, what an idiot I am, please don’t bother. I really don’t want to hear why Ulysses is such a great book. Yes . . . yes. . . .yes. . . NO.

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