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October 1st, 2004

Ulysees

I read as much as the next person. And the person next to that person and the next person over and the two hiding in the corner as well. So when the Limerick City Library decided to host a reading group I thought I would go along and check it out.

The aim of the group is to introduce people to the classics. And so over the next 23 weeks or so we will be reading Ulysees by James Joyce. Some assistance and lectures will be provdied by the English Deptartment at Mary Immacualte College. But mostly we are on our own. We are going to meet every 2 weeks or so. Together with lecturing it means my Thursday aerobics class is going to jump around a lot for the forseeable future.

From a purely mechanical view just over 900 pages in 23 weeks is about 40 pages a week so in and around 6 pages a day. So 6-10 minutes per day reading Ulysees. And I’m already up to page 119 after my trip last week. Of course purely mechanical reading defeats the purpose. So probably I will read it in full in the next 3-4 weeks and then go back and reread sections as appropriate.

There are 12 people in the group and I seem to be by far the youngest. Which I’m not thrilled about. The other under thirtyish person involved is an assitant librarian and she won’t be a regular participant.

9/12 people and all the facilitating librarians are women. There is a similar story, although different demographics, with 2 men and 28 women at Yoga and aerobics is predominantly (>90%) women. So while I am spending most of my day in a male-dominated environment all my extra-curricular involvements involve lots and lots of women.

Which, I suppse, is how it should be ;-)