Stephen and Bloom meet at last in a maternity hospital in a chapter whose structure is meant to represent both the nine months of pregnancy and the birth of the English language. And they say this book is hard.
(horrorstruck) Blimey, this looks like heavy going.
STEPHEN’S DEAD MOTHER
No kidding! There’s over 100 pages of this stuff, all written in the style of a play script. But all you need to know is that Bloom follows Stephen to a brothel where they have lots of freaky hallucinations.
The comments are good too:
It took me two years to read this book, I had visited Dublin so I read it while following the Dublin Street map, which made it even more time consuming. “I am exhausted, abandoned, no more young. I stand, so to speak, with an unposted letter bearing the extra regulation fee before the too late box of the general post office of human life” Bloom page 642 – blew my mind, made the difficult reading all worthwhile to have found this gem! Thanks for this opportunity.
Veronica Maher, Huddersfield
Author wakes up one morning and decides just how far he can push his luck…..quite far by the sounds of it.
S Gardner, Portsmouth
For a Joyce class in college, I wrote a long paper on Ulysses using a bunch of the styles used or parodied in the book. It was lots of fun. I got an A too.
Here’s Sheila O’Malley’s plot summary with references to Homer’s Ulysses.