If you’re interested in tackling James Joyce’s Ulysses, one of the great novels of the 20th century, then you’ll probably need help in getting the most out of it. Here are some guidebooks that I have found especially helpful:
- Finding Joy in Joyce: A Readers [sic] Guide to Ulysses by John P. Anderson
- The New Bloomsday Book: A Guide Through Ulysses by Harry Blamires
- Ulysses Annotated: Notes for James Joyce’s Ulysses by Don Gifford with Robert J. Seidman
Heres’s how I read Ulysses last time out: I would read a chapter, then I would read the relevant chapter in each of the guidebooks, and then I would reread the chapter of Ulysses. For each chapter, I recommend reading the guidebooks in this order:
- The New Bloomsday Book
- Ulysses Annotated
- Finding Joy in Joyce
This last book, by John P. Anderson, is a work of what I suppose you could call fan nonfiction by a lawyer who is a great fan of Joyce. It’s a quirky self-published work, but it has lots of intriguing insights and thoughts.
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