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Ulysses by James Joyce (Penguin Modern Classics)

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“Ulysses” is a novel written by James Joyce, first published in 1922. It is widely regarded as one of the most important works of modernist literature and has had a profound influence on subsequent writers and literary movements.

The novel is set in Dublin, Ireland, over the course of a single day, June 16, 1904, and follows the experiences of three main characters: Leopold Bloom, Stephen Dedalus, and Molly Bloom. The narrative is structured in 18 episodes, each corresponding to a different hour of the day, and draws heavily on Homer’s “Odyssey” for its thematic and structural elements.

“Ulysses” is celebrated for its innovative narrative techniques, stream-of-consciousness writing style, and experimental use of language. Joyce employs a wide range of literary devices, including puns, parodies, allusions, and wordplay, to explore themes such as identity, memory, sexuality, religion, and the nature of consciousness.

Despite its literary significance, “Ulysses” initially faced censorship and legal challenges due to its explicit content and unconventional narrative style. However, it has since been recognized as a masterpiece of 20th-century literature and continues to be studied, analyzed, and celebrated by scholars and readers around the world.

“Ulysses” is considered a challenging but rewarding read, and many readers find its complexity and richness of detail to be endlessly fascinating. It remains a cornerstone of modernist literature and a testament to James Joyce’s genius as a writer.


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