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Ulysses

James Joyce (1882-1941)

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1. 01: stately, plump Buck …
2. 02: you, cochrane, what city sent …
3. 03: ineluctable modality of the visible …
4. 04: mr. leopold bloom ate with relish …
5. 05: by lorries along sir john…
6. 06: martin cunningham, first, poked …
7. 07: in the heart of the hibernian …
8. 08a: pineapple rock, lemon platt …
9. 08b: grafton street gay with …
10. 09a: urbane, to confort them …
11. 09b: buck Mulligan rapped…
12. 10a: the superior, very reverend …
13. 10b: the lacquey by the door …
14. 11a: bronze by gold heard …
15. 11b: never would richie …
16. 12a: I was just passing the time …
17. 12b: here says joe …
18. 13a: the summer evening had …
19. 13b: edy boardman asked …
20. 13c: canon ohanlon put …
21. 13d: wonder how is she
22. 14a: deshil holles eamus …
23. 14b: to revert to mr. bloom …
24. 15a: the mabbot street entrance…
25. 15b: GEORGE FOTTRELL: (Clerk of the crown…
26. 15c: bloom explains to those near him…
27. 15d: ELIJAH: No yapping…
28. 15e: RICHIE GOULDING: (Bagweighted…
29. 15f: BLOOM: (Pigeonbreasted…
30. 15g: SIMON: Think of your mother…
31. 16a: preparatory to anything …
32. 16b: there ensued a somewhat …
33. 16c: this morning hynes …
34. 17a: what parallel courses did…
35. 17b: what two temperaments
36. 17c: how did the centripetal …
37. 17d: what did the 2nd …
38. 18a: yes because he never did …
39. 18b: he was looking at me …

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Summary

Banned in the United States and United Kingdom throughout the 1920s, Ulysses turned conventional ideas of the novel inside out with its bold new form, style and theme. Deeply rooted in the Greek myth of the hero of the Trojan War, Joyce bases his novel on Ulysses or Odysseus, who is doomed to voyage for ten years before returning home to Ithaca. Joyce had been deeply influenced by the Iliad and the Odyssey, which he had read from Charles Lamb's adaptations as a child. In fact, he considered him the epitome of the heroic ideal and constantly thought of giving the myth a new dimension in modern literature. However, the reader must be cautioned that it is not an easy book to read. It was also burdened by a strange and complicated publication history. Joyce's original handwritten manuscript was typed by a number of less than competent typists who made a series of grammatical and spelling errors, leading to great confusion. It went through 18 different versions, each of which was full of more and more mistakes. Attempts to “correct” the text were being made as late as 2010 but the appeal of the book lies in its overall theme and in its rich symbolism. Ulysses is divided into 18 chapters, or episodes, each one referring to a Homeric character or episode in the Greek myth. Though Joyce did not originally title the chapters, he did refer to them by such names in private letters to his friends. He also gave them obscure titles from his researches in French translations of the Homeric sagas. Joyce himself understood the significance of his work. He is reputed to have remarked to the effect that he had stuffed the book with so many enigmas and puzzles that it would keep academicians buzzing for centuries! The names of each character are rooted in the deep symbolism and every episode sets the reader harking back to the Homeric myths. Apart from Greek legend, Joyce also used aspects of Celtic traditions of storytelling. Essentially, the plot deals with many ideas that have found echoes throughout human history. Paternity, the idea of the everyday hero, regret and personal conscience, the paradox of individual perspectives all conveyed through a plethora of symbols and motifs makes Ulysses a compelling if difficult read.

Reviews

Austin

I know its for free , but do Librevox not review the material prior to publication ... the start is a shambles , shame most orators are good

Skyler

- Don't waste your time

An elaborate fart joke unleashed upon western civilization

Nevin Blumer

- Ulysses

Just skip the first chapter or bear it (just a drunk mockery read). After the first chapter the reading is really well done

Anne Marie

- Terrible

Awful! I'm really disappointed, it all seemed like a joke. Completely unprofessional, and not even trying.

carlos

- voices 18 b

It's almost impossible to hear this chapter due to a couple of voices at the same time.

Dave

- Ulysses

Many of the books on this site are well worth downloading. This one definitely is NOT worth it. The first chapter sounded like college frat boys making a joke of the site and the book. I couldn't listen to any more!

Sam

I understand that Ulysses can be a mouthful. but the guys who recorded the first chapter are not even trying.

Brent

- Ulysses

I couldn't get more than 15 minutes in. Maybe practice or at least read the book before recording it. Also, on one of the (many) bumbles, the reader swore and it was audible, which was very distracting, and complimented the tone deaf fiddler beautifully.

Richard

- Ulysses

The first few chapters are not that good, but they get better as the book progresses. Some in fact are professional and have many voices, particularly ch 16. well worth it.

Rita

- September 2013

Could not make it through the first chapter. Way to many pauses, interruptions, laughter etc.

Robecca

This is awful! I can't even get through the first chapter. It sounds like a joke. Children could do a better job and at least their voices would sound cute...... seriously, it's not that hard to edit or re-read a section after you mess it up from laughing or getting every second word wrong.

richard

Some chapters are better and less distracting then others.

Richard

This is the worst audio book I have ever heard. The people should practice and edit out the horrible parts. Why did you record this if you didn’t want to do a good job?

Laura

- My first experience and it wasn't a good one!

I had to stop listening when the fiddle player proceeded to play while someone was reading, that was very annoying. Was he trying to drown him out, or have a laugh? Either way, the fiddle playing as a whole was a poor addition. It might be a suggestion for the readers to practice their parts so they know the words and for those in the background not to laugh, interrupt, click glasses, etc. it's disrespectful and distracting. I hope all readings aren't like this!

sarah

The laughing and interruptions can be annoying at times.