For the Joy of Joyce

Amit Chaudhuri

One hundred years after the publication of Ulysses, Amit Chaudhuri reflects on the first time he read the book in Bombay in the 1970s, and how he has gone back to it over the years.

“When I look at my copy of Ulysses, a Vintage paperback published in 1961, the title makes me smile. This is not something that has happened before. But I realize now that the comedy, the joy of the book—its sense of adventure—begins with the title. I gaze at the cover with the sense of lightness and excitement associated with a graphic novel or even a certain kind of comic book. Just as Mighty Mouse ascending the air delights us, there’s something incredible about Leopold Bloom’s earthbound travails.”

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