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Friday, August 26, Harry Blamires: The New Bloomsday Book. Yesterday we noted how, in order to separate themselves from the vulgar masses, the intellectuals of the early twentieth century deliberately developed a form of literature which was too difficult for the ordinary reader to understand. You might imagine, therefore, that the appearance of Ulysses would have been greeted with cries of joy and acclamation from the literary intelligentsia.

But not so.

Why not? Well, there were two problems.

The first was that Joyce himself was not one of us; he was a definite oik. The man was an Irish Jew , for a start. A friend of mine once had to act as guide to a distinguished politician called Roy Jenkins now deceased. Roy was sometimes known as Woy, because of a minor speech impediment. By way of small talk my friend and Woy fell to discussing other personalities in UK politics, and my friend asked Woy what he thought of Kenneth Clarke — a man who may soon lead the Tory party. Leopold Bloom also failed to find favour.

He was not an intellectual. The only book we see him buy is entitled Sweets of Sin not one feels, a highbrow volume , and he reads a periodical called Tit-Bits! We may note, in passing, that Tit-Bits was not as salacious as it sounds, but it was a magazine which was regularly singled out for condemnation by the intelligentsia. It was aimed firmly at suburban readers, and in its early days each issue contained 40, words of text covering a remarkably wide spectrum of subjects.

It was clearly bought by those of the lower social orders who sought to improve themselves, and such people got little encouragement from most of the intellectual community. So, one way and another, James Joyce did not receive universal approval and admiration from the literary intelligentsia, despite the fact that they were the obvious audience for his book, and despite the fact that Ulysses was as difficult to follow as anything ever published up to that point.

Not that Ulysses is impossible to read in the same way that you would read any other book, but it is pretty hard going. It is much easier to follow, on the whole, if you have a guide to help you. First published in , a second edition appeared in ; this is the one that I have.

A third edition, however, was issued in If you buy a copy, you should ideally make sure that you have an up-to-date edition of Ulysses , so that the page-number references match. As I have remarked before, my favourite section of Ulysses is the Nighttown sequence, which is written largely in the form of a play script.

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View my complete profile. Listed by the Guardian in as one of the top ten literary blogs. Friday, August 26, Harry Blamires: The New Bloomsday Book Yesterday we noted how, in order to separate themselves from the vulgar masses, the intellectuals of the early twentieth century deliberately developed a form of literature which was too difficult for the ordinary reader to understand. You might imagine, therefore, that the appearance of Ulysses would have been greeted with cries of joy and acclamation from the literary intelligentsia.

But not so.

Why not? Well, there were two problems.

The first was that Joyce himself was not one of us; he was a definite oik. The man was an Irish Jew , for a start. A friend of mine once had to act as guide to a distinguished politician called Roy Jenkins now deceased.

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Roy was sometimes known as Woy, because of a minor speech impediment. By way of small talk my friend and Woy fell to discussing other personalities in UK politics, and my friend asked Woy what he thought of Kenneth Clarke — a man who may soon lead the Tory party.

Leopold Bloom also failed to find favour. He was not an intellectual.View my complete profile. Bloom goes for a pint and a pie in some pub and gets grossed out by the eating habits of his fellow human beings.

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Sunday, 28 August, Melly said The man was an Irish Jew , for a start.