The Goal: Ulysses
The last book I will read during this 101 book project will be Ulysses.
If you don’t know the story behind that, I’ll briefly share. The list upon which this blog is based, created by Time Magazine, features what they deem as the 100 greatest English-speaking novels since 1923. As luck would have it, Ulysses was written in 1922.
James Joyce’s Ulysses is widely viewed, at least in critical circles, as the greatest novel ever written. So, for kicks and giggles and possibly self-torture, I threw Ulysses into the mix to make it a nice round 101.
On top of that, I decided to save Ulysses for the very end. A “celebratory” read, I guess you could say.
The novel will be challenging. I know from experience because I’ve read it. Back in college, I took a James Joyce class. In that class, we read two books: 1) A Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man, which we covered in a couple of weeks. And 2) Ulysses, which we spent the next several months on.
I have a copy with notes in the margins and underlined passages all throughout. So I’ll have my old James Joyce professor to thank for that—when I finally get around to this book.
So Ulysses is my ultimate goal. It’s the finish line, the proverbial icing on the cake. What kind of masochist am I to “celebrate” by reading a James Joyce book? Why didn’t I pick Harry Potter or something like that?
When will I get there? I’m thinking the blog has about two more years left on it, at least in its current format.
If my wife and I have more kids in the next two years, then you can probably add a good six months on to that. I have a theory that each child you have takes away 25% of your reading time. No peer-reviewed research has been done on that theory. But I stand by it.
Anyway, Ulysses. One day. I’ll be there.
Thanks for continuing to go on this journey with me.
Anyone have experience with Ulysses?