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Old 10-05-2016, 12:34 PM
Larry Borgia Larry Borgia is offline
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Originally Posted by Dinsdale View Post
Twice I fought my way to that pile of bullshit, and threw in the towel. Life's too short to make a 3d attempt.
I actually enjoyed "Oxen of the Sun" though I know that's a minority opinion. Again Gifford serves as a guide through the various writers Joyce is imitating, most of whom are forgotten today. Also you need to skip or skim the first two or three paragraphs, which are deliberately unparsable, and only say "Good societies make provisions for raising their children." But overall It's a stylistic tour de force as Joyce writes in more than twenty styles, all imitating famous English authors.