How to pretend that you have read ‘Ulysses’, by James Joyce

Would you watch a series about a down-and-out ad agency executive leading a similarly down-to-earth life who discovers his wife has a lover? What if in the first chapter he finds out when his wife and said lover are going to sleep for the first time and he has the opportunity to do something to prevent it? And if that series later addressed the theme of love and sex? Basically: why is sex so important for a relationship to work? What if, over the course of five seasons and 62 one-hour episodes, we learn more about the wife’s sexual desires, but they also tell us what are the complexes and neuroses of the character who is going to be cuckolded? What if I raised the issue of whether sex is necessary in a love relationship? And if it turns out that he showrunner Would you like to make it clear to us that sex is a problem, but that, after all, is it something natural? And if the gray protagonist thinks of Steve CarellFor example, if you were unable to have sexual relations with your wife, think of Amy Adams, but had he had a very risqué illicit correspondence with her in the past? What if Steve Carell’s character moved away from Amy Adams’ after their son died? What if his wife’s relationship with that lover is based solely on sex? What if she continues to love her husband? Would you watch a series like this in Netflix? In HBO?

because of this Ulises, of James Joyce (If the academics understand that I have made a mistake in my analysis, please say so; and if any production company wants to hire me for being able to reel off James Joyce’s book like that, they only have to tempt me). Although if the subject of sex does not fit you, the subject of death may fit you, very much in the style of two meters underground. Would you watch a series where, by law, people are buried vertically and upwards instead of horizontally, to save space? The character of Harold Bloom, the gray publicist, has one of the most hilarious visions of death in the entire history of literature in Ulises. In the chapter ‘Hades’, Bloom raises exactly that. You will not tell me that it is not the germ of a very Netflix science fiction series.

My question in the 99th anniversary of the publication of the Ulises by James Joyce is this: If you are capable of dedicating 62 hours of your life to watching a series, I don’t know, how breaking badWhy aren’t you capable of dedicating 34 hours to reading your Ulises James Joyce? It has 636 pages. The usual thing is to read 50 pages per hour. As it is a dense book, which requires attention, let’s say that you will only be able to read 20 pages per hour. Can’t you really take 34 hours to finish that book you bought during college, read five pages, and then abandoned it to its fate? In a month you can read it and imagine everything you could boast about. Well, and if you don’t want to, repeat the first paragraph of this article (I’ll leave it to you) and pretend you’ve read it. You just have to look indignant: How can it not be a best-seller in 2019?

Which brings us to the following questions: Is it Ulisesof James Joyce, the most difficult novel to finish in history? Is it because of its extension? Is it because of the story it tells? Is it because of the style in which it is narrated, in which not a single detail of what its characters think, see or do is omitted (Stephen Dedalus, Leopold Bloom Y Molly Bloom) throughout a day in your life? Each chapter is narrated in a different way. Chapter 15 is presented as a play, but it is that chapter 13 borrows the tone of a romantic novel. Then 12 is a game that seems to be taken from an impromptu show in which the narrative is interrupted by exaggerated situations, one after another. Chapter eleven wants to become a musical score, playing with alliteration and onomatopoeia. And 14 imitates the most classic English narrative. As a whole, the text has complex puns and riddles aimed, according to Joyce himself, at literary critics. Is it “one of the most boring books in the history of universal literature”, as he came to say? aldous huxley? A work typical of an “illiterate”, as he came to insinuate nothing more and nothing less than Virginia Woolf? Or is it “damn wonderful” as he said Ernest Hemingway? It is undeniable that the story behind the book, the story of how it was published and how it was a persecuted and banned book, is exciting. Now you read that the last book of Haruki Murakami It has been censored in China, and you put your hands to your head, but Joyce’s book was censored in the West. 100 years ago, but in the West.

The February 2, 1922 James Joyce’s book was first published Ulises. It was precisely the day of the writer’s 40th birthday. And it was a controversial publication. The book had originally appeared serialized in The Little Review between March 1918 and December 1920, but the 684-page novel that we all know and that few have read (we mean few in proportion to the number of people who have bought it), is 97 years old. The New York Vice Suppression Association immediately condemned the work as “obscene, lewd, and lascivious” while it was still being serialized in the magazine. The Little Review. For more than a decade, it was illegal in Britain and the United States to sell, advertise, import or distribute the book that literary critics now consider the most important novel in English. “If ‘Ulysses’ is not worth reading, then life, in general, is not worth living,” Joyce went on to say as soon as the non-literary critics began to attack him.

The sunday express He claimed it “the most infamously obscene book in the history of literature, both ancient and modern.” The Dublin Review said in its pages that “read Ulises It is a sin against the Holy Spirit, the only sin without God’s forgiveness.”

On February 2, 1922, he caught Joyce in Paris. Specifically, at number 12 rue de l’Odeon, in Paris. In the Shakespeare & Co bookstore, one of the few places in the world where at that time it was possible to buy the book legally (there were more countries where it was legal, and others where they had not considered whether it was legal or not, and others, simply, where books in other languages ​​were not sold). The fact is that that morning of February 2, Sylvia Beach, editor and owner of the Shakespeare & C0 bookstore, went to the Lyon station to pick up the first two copies of Ulysses sent from the printer. One went straight to the window of her store: it was nothing more and nothing less than the forbidden book that everyone was talking about. The second was for the author, a birthday present. Because the date was not a coincidence.

The book had to face three judicial processes: in a Criminal court of the city of New York in 1921, in a District court in 1933 and in a court of Appeals in 1934.

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But what strikes us is the climate in which it was published on February 2. The Little Review had been serializing Ulysses since January 1918 but, after part of the ‘Nausicaa’ episode in the July-August 1920 issue of The Little Review fell into the hands of John S Sumner, Secretary of the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice, the problems began. Sumner decided to take legal action against the magazine. The most curious thing is that the one who alerted him to the content was his daughter. However, the publication had already aroused puritanical ire since it first appeared in the magazine.

The Little Review began serializing Ulysses in March 1918, and in the same month the writer ezra pound he warned Joyce that his explicit language would create trouble. Pound was referring to the ‘Calypso’ episode he was reading at the time, and he deleted 20 lines of it before sending it to Margaret Anderson, the editor of the Review. Pound justified this prior censorship on the grounds that Joyce’s language would surely cause trouble, but he did not tell Anderson or Joyce what he had done. Take from the jar.

The censored ‘Calypso’ appeared in June 1918, and serialization of Ulysses in the Review continued smoothly until January 1919, when the episode ‘Lestrygonians’ began to appear. The issue of the magazine was seized by the Post Office for obscenity and burned. Fortunately for the readers, the magazine was fortunate enough to enlist the services of a Serbo-Croatian printer who did not mind obscene language or Post Office confiscations, and so Joyce’s writing continued to be printed.

In May 1919 another issue of the magazine, the final part of the episode ‘Scylla & Charybdis’, was confiscated and burned. Meanwhile, Joyce’s New York lawyer was unsuccessfully protesting the legal channels for the forfeitures. I didn’t care what they did to him. At that time, both Ezra Pound and his lawyer advised him to stop publishing the novel in chapters in the magazine and to try to get the book out. Basically, both thought that the published book would be easier to defend in its entirety than isolated pieces that periodically drew the ire of Puritan society.

Again, in January 1920, the Post Office seized the issue of the Review which contained part of the ‘Cyclops’ episode, but it was not until the July-August 1920 issue of the magazine which contained the final part. from the ‘Nausicaa’ episode, which eventually caught the attention of Sumner and the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice.

Sumner filed the Society’s complaint against The Little Review on September 20, 1920, and a month later the complaint was brought before a magistrate, and the editor and owner of the magazine were indicted in the Court of Special Sessions. And so until February 2, 1922.

Conclusion: the book deserves more than just sitting on your shelf, laughing your head off. We propose something better: Do not presume that you have not read it, pretend that you have read it. In this article we have given you a few ideas. And so you gain time so that you can sit down to read it and give you time to finish it this time.

And if we haven’t convinced you, there’s (of course) a terrific TED Talk (only this one is worth your time, if you’re interested in pulling the book off that dusty shelf):

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