True Confessions

STATELY, PLUMP BUCK MULLIGAN CAME FROM THE STAIRHEAD, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed. A yellow dressinggown, ungirdled, was sustained gently behind him by the mild morning air. He held the bowl aloft and intoned:

“Thank God it’s Friday!”

Surely that’s some kind of heresy. Anyway, happy Bloomsday! I feel like Ulysses has become one of those novels that it’s fashionable to admit that: a) you never finished, or, b) never really liked that much. But I have to make a confession: I have read Ulysses, and, no matter what Dale Peck says, I think it’s one of the best novels ever written. It’s possible that it’s not the best – but it’s pretty hard to think of anything to put above it on the list.

Oh, and while I’m baring my soul, I also love Moby-Dick.



About the Author:

Keir Graff is Executive Editor of Booklist Publications and the author of five books. His most recent is the middle-grade novel, The Other Felix (2011). Follow him on Twitter at @Booklist_Keir.

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