Sunday, 16 August 2009
Ulysses Reading Challenge Update II
It's that time again: time to update you on my progress with Ulysses by James Joyce.
I have to say that I am surprised that two months and close to two hundred pages have already elapsed. Reading a chunk a day via email is perhaps not so conducive to understanding and becoming engrossed in the text but it is certainly the best and easiest way, I think, to discipline oneself to read it, by incorporating it into my daily routine and treating it like any other email.
Ulysses lends itself to quick reading with its short spurts of prose and dialogue and its innovate form. In Search of Lost Time v. 1: Swann's Way by Marcel Proust was far more of a challenge to read every day and I have postponed that for the time being but increased the length of the Ulysses excerpt.
Do people who climb Mount Everest enjoy it or are they doing it simply for the challenge? I'm not disliking Ulysses, nor am I finding it a chore, but I am glad that I am finally reading it.
What about you? how are you getting on with reading Ulysses or other similar challenges to read long, intimidating texts?