Each chapter is rated out of ten for difficulty, obscenity, general mindblowing brilliance and beauty of language.Note: if you 're after my short course bluffer 's guide to ulysses, here it is: http: //www.goodreads.com/review/show/ ... But now ...
Difficulty: 0 Obscenity: 0 General mindblowing brilliance: 8 Beauty of language: 7 Stephen the morose ex-student is n't enjoying life.
Difficulty: 0 General mindblowing brilliance: 8 Obscenity: 0 Beauty of language: 7 Stephen is teaching history.
3. Proteus Difficulty: 9 General mindblowing brilliance: 10 Obscenity: 2 ( there 's some nosepicking and urination) Beauty of language: 10 Now we get emo Steve trudging along the beach on his ay to get a few pints down him, and now the Stream of the Consciousness starts up and gushes and torrents all over the place.
Difficulty: 5 ( now we are getting used to the S of C and Bloom 's S is so much simple than Stephen 's S- although also a great deal less lovely) General mindblowing brilliance: 5 Obscenity: 8 Beauty of language: 3 We jump back to breakfast time and enter the ouse and mind of Leopold Bloom who 's rustling up some breakfast for himself and his dear lady wife.
As we are moseying along in Bloom 's brain, accompanying him on his rip to the butchers, suddenly out of nowhere we get the c word- and it really is n't anything but a train of thought.
Now they do it all the time- what was the first oilet scene in a movie?
You could write a list of 20 great toilet scenes.
( Contributions welcome.) It must be said that Bloom 's mind is cram-ful of bits and bobs about his own life which are never explained, you just have to pick them up and piece them together if you can be arsed.
But for instance Bloom is trying very hard not to think that Molly will be meeting Blazes Boylan in the morning and will probably be going to bed with him.
Oh, since you asked, I just went to my own toilet for the very same Bloomesque purposes- but not being Joyce, I 'm not going to tell you anything further.
Difficulty: 4 Obscenity: 4 ( see below) General mindblowing brilliance: 2 Beauty of language: 2 There 's a couple of tedious chapters of Ulysses, it must be confessed ( aside from the chapter that 's deliberately boring!) and this is one.
Bloom is off on his rambling day, meets a couple of coves, visits a chemist and then a public bath ( this was before the ays of houses having bathrooms!
We get a lot of this ind of thing- ( Bloom is at the chemists): Living all the day among herbs, ointments, disinfectants.
The obscenity in this chapter is here: Time to get a bath round the corner.
Bloom pleasures himself but you must say it 's rather delicately put, no?
Difficulty: 3 Obscenity: 2* General mindblowing brilliance: 2 Beauty of language: 3 Another chapter I 'm not a fan of because we 're stuck mostly inside the brain of Bloom who 's full of Readers Digest tips and quips and boring " I wonder if " and Molly this and Milly that.
The Homeric parallels: yes, well, he goes to a funeral and thinks about death and rotting and such, so that 's Hades.
I think I 'm coming down with the apoplexy so I am! " Even the tedious chapters, of which this is one, have to be read word by word, line by line.
* the only trace of rudeness I could find in hades was this- Bloom is thinking about precisely when his son ( deceased) was conceived: " Must have been that morning in Raymond terrace she was at the window watching the two dogs at it by the wall ...
This is one of the two available hardbacks of Ulysses and it comes wreathed with introductions, blurbs and reprints of judicial decisions all of which are entirely to do with the alleged obscenity of the bestselling.
Difficulty: 5 Obscenity: 0 General mindblowing brilliance: 2 Beauty of language: 3 Oh dear- do I actually like this damned masterpiece at all?