JOYCE IN CHINA BIGGER THAN HASSELHOFF IN GERMANY
by Todd Hartley
I once read somewhere that James Joyce’s novel “Ulysses” was the best book ever written, so a few years ago when I found an old copy for a dollar I bought it. I’d heard cautionary tales, but I figured I’d give it a try anyway. I got about 50 pages into it before realizing I didn’t understand a single word and would never make it to the end. It’ll be back in the dollar box at a thrift store as soon as I remember to get rid of it.
Coincidentally, 50 pages is also as far as I made it into “Gravity’s Rainbow,” by Thomas Pynchon, which I was supposed to read for a class in college. Read the rest of this entry →