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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Thornton P. Knowles On The Novel "Ulysses"

James Joyce's 1922 novel Ulysses is generally considered by English professors and high-brow literary critics to be one of the most important works of modern literature. In reality, virtually no one but English professors who have assigned the novel to their hapless students have plowed through this stream-of-consciousness tome. Students burdened with the task of reading Ulysses can't wade through it either. Most of them struggle to even make sense of the Cliff Notes version of the book. Forcing novels like this on students may be one of the reasons most students, when they get out of college, never read another book. Novels that require the intervention of an English professor to interpret them aren't worth reading and shouldn't be used as murder weapons in the killing of fiction.

Thornton P. Knowles

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