You might think by the title that I am going to try and connect the story of Ulysses with one of the best presidents the US has ever had the honor to put to work but I am not. I’m not that smart.
No, this title is only because I am combining mini-DNF reviews in one post. [Sorry to disappoint.; this is just a housekeeping post, mostly.]
I was just entering a reading slump or perhaps Ulysses spurred it on but I was trying to hard to read just to click off many books and I truly think this kills reading enjoyment and motivation. Every year, I set a high book count as a goal for the twelve months and mid-way, I falter. This time the motivation was dead in February. YIKES!
I really did want to read Ulysses and even though Fizzy and the gang of ReadAlongers were inspirational and so helpful in explaining the setup and symbols and related cultural references and the oddities that are Joycean, I couldn’t keep up. Falter, indeed.
That’s all I’ll say about Ulysses. Nope, that’s a lie. As soon as I typed those words, all sorts of odd thoughts pushed to consciousness and demanded to be heard. OK, maybe just one. The others seem to have dissipated as I continue to type this tripe. (wow, my dictionary doesn’t have tripe!?) Anyway, that thought was: I can see why people have jump in and make Ulysses and/or Joyce a fulltime job! It’s so FULL.
I had checked out the audio of David McCullough’s bio and loved it. Wow – what a guy! I was inspired by his patriotism. But it was only part 1 and the library doesn’t have part 2 (I know, right? HUH.) Or hasn’t yet alerted me that I can check it out via ILL. Whatever.
He’s not going anywhere. I want to buy the book and maybe read the second half. And get the audio. AND THEN see the movie!
And that is all. Thank you.