Thursday, January 20, 2011

Literary Blog Hop #3

Literary Blog Hop

Literary Blog Hop is hosted by The Blue Bookcase. For those of you who are new to my blog, welcome! Stay, have a virtual cup of tea or coffee, and please leave a comment if you're so inclined. Around these parts, we usually talk about classics--short stories, novels, and maybe even poetry in the near future.

The hop's question this week is:

Discuss a work of literary merit that you hated when you were made to read it in school or university. Why did you dislike it?

We were supposed to read Ulyssses by James Joyce for I-forgot-which-literature-class. I've said this before, and I'll say it again now: STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS IS NOT MY FRIEND. WE'RE BITTER, BITTER ENEMIES. Stream of consciousness makes my head hurt, and, when I read, I like to be sure about what I'm reading. I like ambiguity, but only in small doses.

22 comments:

Misha said...

Ulyssses by James Joyce was one of the most painful reading experiences for me. I sympathize with you.

Risa said...

I agree with you!!! Though, I've decided to give Joyce another chance...let's see how it goes.

Amanda said...

I hate Joyce but I love Faulkner's stream of consciousness. :)

LifetimeReader said...

I've not even tried reading Joyce yet--but that is one scary-looking book. Have you seen the Jousting with Joyce bloggers around? I'm looking forward to having them set a good example and share some tips.

Jenny O. said...

When I read Faulkner, I had to go with the corrected text. There was no way I would have been able to do otherwise.

Ben said...

lol, stream of consciousness is an acquired taste. Like goat cheese. That said, I thought Ulysses was all right. Nothing made my jaw drop. I like Faulkner's repappropriation though.

Melody said...

Joyce and I don't see eye to eye. And I haven't even glanced at his big stuff...I read Dubliners not long back and it just didn't really catch me. I am looking forward to trying Faulkner though.

JoAnn said...

I have a hard time with stream of consciousness, too. Never tried Ulysses and probably never will...

Jillian said...

LOL - I kind of like stream-of-conscious so far. But it is a trial!

parrish lantern said...

Maybe because I read it post school & from choice, made me more open to its charms, that and I'm perverse enough to like books that screw around with my head.

Letter4no1 said...

Joyce is one of those authors I hear a lot about, but remain very afraid to try.

Heather said...

OMG, you and I are clearly soulmates. I have gone on more than one stream-of-consciousness rant on my blog, and I also mention Joyce in my post for this week. Good to meet a fellow traveller. Do you get the "It is really hard" comments with the person making them looking at you with a pitying look on their face like you just aren't smart enough to get it? I hate that! I get it, I just DON'T LIKE IT!

Adam said...

I agree with you, mostly, on stream of consciousness. It's often a beast (why I don't like Virginia Woolf or Gertrude Stein very much). I have tried to read Ulysses twice, and never got more than 13-15 pages into it. I WILL read it someday, because I'm competitive, but I do get the feeling that it won't be the greatest book I've ever read, just the hardest.

Adam said...

FYI - I saw you mentioned Blindness as an interest on another blog (Dead End Follies) who hated a Saramago book. You should definitely go pick up a copy of Blindness - it's rather brilliant (but not at all easy on the stomach or conscience).

IngridLola said...

Haha. I can totally understand why people hate stream of conciousness ... but I actually think it's kind of cool. I like Joyce :) but I realize I might be in the minority ...

Kate said...

Hey! I have a difficult time with stream of consciousness as well. Glad to find you - looking forward to future reviews!

Emily said...

Joyce frightens me a bit. I have yet to read anything of his just because I find his books intimidating. Also, I only have so much time on my hands. Maybe someday!

-Emily @ Reading While Female

PS: I love the title of your blog. :)

emeire said...

I don't mind stream-of-consciousness, but I didn't get very far reading Ulysses.
Em

bibliophiliac said...

Stream-of-consciousness isn't so bad if you don't mind being a little lost some of the time. Just kind of fall into the stream and float along.

gautami tripathy said...

Ulysses in one novel, I could never go beyond few pages!

Here is my Literary Blog Hop: Disliked Book post!

Elizabeth said...

Love your header and your blog title...pretty awesome.

My read was STONEHENGE DECODED...uggh. Did anyone else have to suffer through it?

Stop by my blog if you like to see my full answer...I also have a giveaway that isn't very literary, but check it out.

http://silversolara.blogspot.com

Melanie said...

tell ya what, i won't try to read Ulysses if you don't try to read On The Road! very SOC and not very likable characters

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