by James Joyce (1882-1941)
Still considered one of the most radical works of fiction of the 20th Century, James Joyce’s Ulysses ushered in the era of the modern novel. Loosely based on Homer’s Odyssey, the narrative follows Leopold Bloom and a number of other characters through an ordinary day, twenty four hours, in Dublin, on June 16, 1904. The text is dense and difficult, but perfectly suited to an oral reading, filled with language tricks, puns and jokes, stream of consciousness, and bawdiness.
NOTE: Because of the nature of this project, there was a bending of usual LibriVox procedures: pub-like background noise was encouraged, as well as creative group readings; and no editing was required, so in places there may be some accidental variation from the original text … Listener be warned! Here is some more information about the genesis of the LibriVox Ulysses project.
(Summary by Hugh McGuire)