Ulysses - James Joyce

This book was so impressive in many ways, but especially in its scope. Its scope of language uses/styles, of perspectives, of allusions. It has literally everything.

I loved how in chapter nine when they're discussing Shakespeare, an attendant comes and announces people, just like in the plays. There's a lot of clever literary stuff in the chapter. I also liked how I learned a lot of Irish history as a result of reading.

Reading the Shmoop summaries and analyses after each chapter helped me understand what was going on a lot more. I also kept Google Translate handy for the many non-English phrases.


A couple quotations I really liked:

The sacred pint alone can unbind the tongue of Dedalus.

I love this. I love the idea of ritualistically imbibing a "sacred" drink to "unbind" a tongue. And this really becomes true later in the book when Stephen gets shitfaced drunk and makes a fool of himself at a brothel.

Mr. Leopold Bloom ate with relish the inner organs of beasts and fowls.

This is the reader's introduction to one of the main characters. How awesome of a line is that!