Opening Lines: James Joyce


"Once upon a time and a very good time it was there was a moocow coming down along the road and this moocow that was down along the road met a nicens little boy named baby tuckoo."

I laugh everytime I read this opening line and it just made me want to read the entire novel. From the very moment you read these words (especially the word "moocow" and "tuckoo") you know James Joyce means business. I haven't read Ulysses which is considered to be the best novel of the modern era. The word "best" itself is very vague. How do you define it and how do you apply it to a novel like Ulysses that is rarely read by the common reader who sees it as an Olympic marathon.

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dreamer idiot said…
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dreamer idiot said…
WOw, I'm super impressed by your blog! To meet such a young and keen reader really warms my heart! You read well, and remind me of my friends like Reza, Liyana, Ted etc. all reading good stuff.

Yes, some people prefer fiction more than poetry, and others vice versa, though even with these preferences, people should make an effort to read both, especially if they are lecturers. And yes, unfortunately or fortunately, depending on where your slant is, literary theory plays a major role in the field, but it does provide new insights too. Lecturers will also have their own prefered critical method, whether Feminism, Deconstruction, Postcolonialism etc.

Anyway, we are now slowly getting back at puisipoesy, after discontinuing for a year. We actually had someone who agreed to write up on Malay puisi and sajak for us, but unfortunately, she's too busy. Hope you find the blog useful, especially the older posts, where there are lots of discussion in the comments.

I only started reading literature very late, at 20, when I was introduced to it in a poetry class at uni, then got so enthralled that I took it as one of my subjects. Reading poetry helped me to be more sensitive to language, the subtlety of its use, the metaphorical and symbolical possibilities it opens up, as well as the music of its words, savouring bit by bit. Hope the blog may help you in own quest. :)

Keep Reading!
dreamer idiot said…
Oh yeah, hope you'll introduce me to good Malay authors that I should look out for. :) I'll come by your blog from time to time.
dreamer idiot said…
Oh yah, for Tempest, some critics have done a postcolonial reading of Caliban as the colonized native, and reread this classic text in a new and different way. :)
Wan Nor Azriq said…
Thanks for visiting my blog :)I like people who have a strong passion for literature.Its great to see a blog where people write poems.

I will introduce more Malay poets in the future.Previously,I've written a post on Muhammad Haji Salleh who I think is the best living Malay poet.You can check it out in my older post.

Yup,I've heard that The Tempest has been reread by postcolonial critics.I think it is very interesting but it also have its limitations.
saat omar said…
belum baca Ulysses? hehe good luck then mate...

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