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  •  Heh, no worries... like I said: just poking. (5+ / 0-)

    Using your examples, I think Ulysses straddles the line between the perfection of Madame Bovary (which IS perfect!) and the recklessly awesome craziness of Moby Dick.  At its best, every combination of words seem carefully crafted for maximum effect: then we have alcohol nightmares, histories of the English language, and fart jokes.  It's got everything.  It's just the best.

    Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. - Ambrose Bierce

    by pico on Wed May 01, 2013 at 06:10:22 PM PDT

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    •  Agree. He had ambition, such craftsmanship, that (5+ / 0-)

      knack for making English sing, and throughout his career he seemed to know just what he wanted. So I assume Finnegans Wake is the very book he needed to write.

      But oh how I wish instead he'd written three more Ulysses, daring but more readable - perhaps a mystery, an SF, and a savage satire.

      "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

      by Brecht on Wed May 01, 2013 at 06:38:26 PM PDT

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