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Old 10-06-2016, 01:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Just Asking Questions View Post
I've often wondered along these same lines.

So, say you're someone that spends time to learn and understand the references, and you follow through all the styles, and proves that you are one of those elites that finished it - is it actually worth it? Is the whole worth the exercise, or is it just the equivalent of running a marathon? Is the story good? Does it have a point? Or is the fact of finishing it enough to prove you aren't one of those that read popular novels, and enjoying it as a book is not relevant?
From what I've read about them, I get the impression that the general consensus is that this is true of Finnegan's Wake but that Ulysses genuinely is great literature. (I haven't read either book, so I have no personal opinion.)