Ulysses

Ulysses

Streaming Audiobook - 2010
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Joyce's experimental masterpiece set a new standard for modernist fiction, pushing the English language past all previous thresholds in its quest to capture a day in the life of an Everyman in turn-of-the-century Dublin. Obliquely borrowing characters and situations from Homer's Odyssey, Joyce takes us on an internal odyssey along the current of thoughts, impressions, and experiences that make up the adventure of living an average day. As his characters stroll, eat, ruminate, and argue through the streets of Dublin, Joyce's stream-of-consciousness narrative artfully weaves events, emotions, and memories in a free flow of imagery and associations. Full of literary references, parody, and uncensored vulgarity, Ulysses has been considered controversial and challenging, but always brilliant and rewarding.
Publisher: [United States] : Blackstone Audio, Inc. : Made available through hoopla, 2010.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781483090139
1483090132
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (29hr., 53 min.)) : digital.
Additional Contributors: Lee, John Rafter
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Feb 21, 2018

I was really looking forward to listening to this, and I was greatly disappointed. Every single proverbial phrase, idiomatic phrase, and homonym are relentlessly punned; what starts as funny and playful quickly degrades into annoying and cloying display of pretentious cleverness, and ultimately eye-rolling tedium. The reader doesn't change his voice for any of the characters and is fairly consistent throughout: just a man with an Irish accent, including the lengthy monologue of Mrs. Bloom at the end. One can't tell whether its the narrator saying something or whether its a character, and all of the wordplay makes it difficult to discern what is going on, what is being described or what is being pronounced upon.

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SPL_STARR Jun 23, 2015

"Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and razor lay crossed."

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