so... i started this
not nearly as hard as I expected but...
i'm honestly just bored
just reading about bloom's love for eating innards
when does it get good
that's kind of the point.
but i would urge you to read on, if not for the personal reward of reading what is considered a masterpiece of modern literature, then for being in a truly small percentage of the reading population that has actually read this book back to front.
the book does have many interesting thoughts/sentences in it, further down half way, though.
The chapters don't start getting insane until halfway through. I have mixed feelings about the book as a whole (it is obviously a titanic achievement) but a lot of the later chapters are wild. Circe is a personal fave.
Every single page this book references something I just don't know a thing about and end up reading pages of wiki entries just to understand one or other sentence. So what do I need to do or read in order to better appreciate this book?
You might not be well-read enough.
If you haven't read Homer and aren't familiar with the basics of Irish history and the tenets of Catholicism and Judaism, a lot will be lost on you.