abandoning ulysses

I can’t.

I just can’t.

I don’t have brain power enough for it.

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stephen fry on ulysses

I missed the January 16 deadline for my Ulysses Read-Along update and I thought I’ll just wait for February 16 for my post.  Anyway, I have barely started.  What I did finish was Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal.  Different story altogether, but I was happy I finished my second book for the year.

My friend Swerver shared above video with me at Twitter and I thought it fitting to post to help me on.  I told him about my Ulysses Read-Along and he said the video was posted on his FB wall right after we talked.  How nicely these things happen.

   I think I might be able to dedicate a few minutes tonight to read on Ulysses.  I loved what Stephed Fry said about the book and maybe it’s not as hard as I thought it would be.  I really hope not.  But then he sort of compared it with The Great Gatsby which I wasn’t really crazy for at all.  I’ve already started Ulysses, though, and I didn’t find it so bad.  It’s definitely challenging and requires focus, but those aren’t bad things at all.

How well is my Read-Along Partner doing?  Check it out here. 🙂

the ulysses read-along

Marilyn Monroe.  Reading Ulysses.

I. Am. Officially. Behind.

Back in June 13, 2010 I asked the question, and apparently the answer is this year.  And for the whole year.

It started when…

and I thought what better than…

My lit life won’t be so bad this year after all…


I am finally undertaking this challenge of reading one of the hardest books known to man (everything second only to Moby-Dick, of course) and I get to update you of my progress through this blog.

I want to thank Honey of Coffeespoons, my partner for this challenge, for this really wonderful idea.  I think you may have just helped me find a way to get through the tough ones.

Now I have to start reading if I want to have something to report by the 16th.

Happy reading to us! 🙂

on 2011 reading goals

I totally forgot that I made reading goals for 2011.  I listed seven books that I had to read within the year.  I read a total of 24 books but only three out of the seven books listed.  The list included:

1. Noli Me Tangere by José Rizal

2. Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust

3. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton (for re-reading)

4. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

5. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

6. A Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne (or any other Jules Verne)

7. In Cold Blood / Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

I read items 2, 3 and 4.  Three out of seven.  Almost 50%.  Not bad.  Anyway, reading Swann’s Way was enough of an achievement for a year, I think.  I didn’t bleed with the effort as I thought I would.  I actually really liked it.  And I read it at a time when something else was particularly engrossing me and I couldn’t help but note that just when I started reading Swann’s Way –this book that I have been wanting to read forever, and I knew was very good, and that didn’t disappoint — then this singular, remarkable, out-of-the-blue thing happened to me.  It’s notable how there is a parallel between what we read and what goes on in our lives.  I always say that I seem to read just the right book at the right time of my life.  There was no connection between Swann’s Way and what was going on with me, except that I was really curious about it and I thought Marcel Proust controversial and I was feeling all sorts of controversial at the time.

I have read The Age of Innocence before.  I liked it well enough but it didn’t really hit the mark for me.  I re-read it to see if I would like it better but I felt the same as I did after the first reading.  Newland Archer, though, would remain to be one of my favorite male characters from a book.  The movie was really good, though.

Of Mice and Men.  John Steinbeck hit the mark for me with Grapes of Wrath: it is one of my all-time favorites.  This book, Of Mice and Men, is a short one and I really can’t comment on it except that I am thankful it’s crossed off my list.

This year, as I’ve said, I won’t be picking what particular books to prioritize.  I will go with whatever feels right at the moment and whatever would help me de-stress from my law studies.  There is one book that I know I will read before the year is over: Ulysses.  It is a done deal.

when will I read…

… James Joyce’s Ulysses?

I’ve had the book among my to-read stacks but I couldn’t yet bring myself to read it.  Reading Joyce requires… well, plenty of concentration.  I should know, I have read A Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man.  He can easily lose you.  But one has to gather all one’s senses and take the time rather than give it up altogether.  I think he is a genius! and has a style all his own.  I am looking forward to reading this, but, as I have said, I need to prepare.