Why Should You Read James Joyce’s Ulysses?

Ulysses is arguably one of the finest works of literature of twentieth century. And there are a variety of reasons for that. Here are a few of them.



Bloomsday is a commemoration and celebration of the life of Irish writer James Joyce, during which the events of his novel Ulysses (which is set on 16 June 1904) are relived. It is observed annually on 16 June in Dublin and elsewhere. If you have not read the novel, what would be the point of this day? And if you have read it, then why would you want to miss out on celebrations?

James Joyce


The name says it all. Joyce’s innovative writing style shaped the literature of the twentieth century. If you have read The Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man, you would know how meticulously Joyce worked on his characters. The protagonist of this book, named Stephen, grows up and is found in Ulysses. At no point in his works, does Joyce stop experimenting. While this makes his works difficult to read, it also makes them more interesting.



James Joyce deliberately employs techniques such as Stream of Consciousness to get inside the head of a character. What it does is, it helps us understand the psychology of that character – how they think, how they make their choices etc. The experience is both intense and surreal, nevertheless, you end up learning a lot about human psyche that you may not have learnt otherwise.

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