Wrestling and living with Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’

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    Summer reading for many means grabbing something popular off the shelf for days at the beach or nights on the back porch. Others might prefer setting a higher goal, like a big classic book. WHYY’s Kimberly Haas took up James Joyce’s “Ulysses” this summer.

    Summer affords many book lovers a little extra time to luxuriate between the covers. And we’re curious to hear what our NewsWorks cohort are finding of interest.

    Summer reading for many means grabbing something popular off the shelf for days lying at the beach or nights lounging on the back porch.

    Other people like to set a goal higher than getting through “Fifty Shades of Grey” or all three installments of “The Hunger Games.” Sometimes satisfaction can be found only in a big classic book.

    What are your favorite classics?Tell us in the comments below.

    In the case of NewsWorks Tonight producer Kimberly Haas, the choice was James Joyce’s “Ulysses.”

    Hundreds of classics are now in the public domain and are available for free download. For example, here’s a list of free books on the Kindle platform.

    Have you ever made your way through Joyce’s ponderous tome?

    Philadelphia’s Rosenbach Museum, which houses James Joyce’s manuscript of “Ulysses,” organizes reading groups and public events related to both author and text at different times of the year.

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