William Cook

How to read Ulysses

After a century, James Joyce’s revolutionary work still only makes sense to Dubliners

A statue of James Joyce in Dublin (Credit: Getty images)

In the labyrinthine basement studio of Dublin’s Abbey Theatre, Irish actor Barry McGovern is doing something that would be inconceivable in any other country. Remarkably, he’s reading the whole of James Joyce’s Ulysses out loud. Even more remarkably, a substantial audience are paying good money to sit and watch him.

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