Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Barbara on Bloom

A young James Joyce.

I like Bloom's interior monologue much more than arrogant Stephen's Telemachae.  Bloom is anti-Odyssean in his humility, his being an outsider (Jew), and in his quiet observant nature.  However, he is Odyssean in power and wit in that he understands the conversations of others (as outsiders often do), attends carefully and notices details, has a pretty clear self-knowledge.  I am not even bothered by the corniness of the headlines in Aeolus, partly because I realize that my irritation is anachronistic:  Joyce didn't get this stuff from Barth;  he invented it.  Also, since I am ADD, I like having the parts labelled and cut into little pieces. :-)

—Barbara O.

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