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Monday, April 11, 2011

James Joyce du Jour I

Is Ulysses overrated?

Ah, this is so simple--of course it isn't.  It may be liked more by some, less by others-but its fundamental influence on the shape of nearly all subsequent fiction--the one-two punch of Joyce and Woolf given us much of the restucturing and understanding of the way fiction works.  It is, in fact, impossible to overestimate the importance of Ulysses.  I would ask rather that in the shadow of Ulysses, have we underestimated the importance of some other works of twentieth century fiction?

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