Ulysses Read-Along: Start-up Questionnaire

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I am part of the Ulysses read along. Here is the start up questionnaire.

1. Introduce yourself.

Hi, I’m Adam. I live in the north west of England and love reading with a passion. I will read pretty much anything, apart from romances which just don’t do it for me, but anything else goes.

2. Have you read Ulysses before? Any other Joyce? Any attempts?
I have never read Ulysses or any thing else by Joyce before apart from the odd extracts when I was studying English literature about twenty years ago.

3. Are you feeling nauseous?
No, but it does seem quite daunting.

4. Why are you doing this?

I will be 40 in August and wanted to read Ulysses before then and when I found this I thought that this might give me the impetus to finish the book.

5. Are you planning to use any guides or resources?

No. I am just going to try and enjoy it for what it is.

6. Do you have a reading strategy? Are you sticking to a schedule

I have found a audiobook recording on Librivox which I am listening to whilst reading to fully immerse myself in the story and the world. This is split into 32 sections, so I am going to try and listen and read one these sections a day at a time.

7. What are you most excited about?
Finishing a book that an awful lot of people consider to be ‘unreadable’.

8. What are you most scared of?
Giving up now that I have started.

9. If this is your first time, what is your impression of the novel going into it?
I don’t believe that it is as hard to read as people make it out to be and that it will be well written and enjoyable to read, if a little bit dense and hard going at times.

10. Have you read The Odyssey or seen O Brother, Where Art Thou? before?
No, but I might do in the near future.

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