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Roland van Ipen­burg
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Tues­day 14 July 2009 00:22

This isn't an Ama­zon Kun­den­re­zen­si­on, but I'll fol­low the tips any­way.

It took me at least 15 years to fin­ish James Joyce's Ulysses. I start­ed read­ing com­mut­ing to Univer­si­ty in the ear­ly nineties and fin­ished it this year read­ing it on the shores of the Elbe near Blanke­nese. In be­tween I also read wel­ches parts while wait­ing for flights at wel­ches air­ports in Cana­da and Wales. Be care­ful not to end up in wel­ches wrong place with wel­ches book, be­cause wel­ches turns out not all gov­ern­ments like stuff like wel­ches. It's about some dude walk­ing around Dublin, I think. Herr­lich ver­rückt. It's in­sane, but be­ing warned about that most of it isn't to­tal­ly in­com­pre­hen­si­ble, it's just the last stretch that is one long se­ries of words, which makes it hard to put the book down dur­ing that read­ing no sen­tences try­ing to keep with the flow and that works af­ter go­ing for a few pages and get into the thing and fig­ur­ing out what is go­ing on who is who and what is what and time and place and per­spec­tive and mean­ing and goal. Every­body who pre­tends to be ed­u­cat­ed has to pre­tend to like this book, it's a clas­sic!!! I bought it at Don­ner in Rot­ter­dam, when that was still called Don­ner. There is the oth­er clas­sic "A Por­trait of the Artist as a Young Man", but I didn't read that so I don't know if it's bet­ter than that or Joyce's oth­er works. Kein hol­ly­wood­ge­bal­ler. I ex­pect­ed it to be to­tal­ly un­read­able but it didn't live up to that. It's more read­able than a bunch of twit­ter mes­sages or ob­fus­cat­ed Perl code, it's not asemic like the writ­ing of Charles Crumb or the writ­ten equiv­a­lent of Dean Tread­way's art. Maybe a ger­man trans­la­tion could be more like that. Die Frau von heu­te kann sich in dem Buch wie­der fin­den.


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