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South China Morning Post, June 2012

The effect is not unlike seeing Shakespeare on stage. Some section pass you by entirely: I found Dedalus’ famous entrance (“Ineluctable modality of the visible…”) utterly baffling. But hearing Joyce’s prose brought other parts to live. The celebrated pub scene, in which Bloom is mistaken for a victorious gambler, becomes a glorious torrent of sounds and voices. The real test is Molly Bloom’s concluding soliloquy, gloriously read by Marcella Riordan. Is this a masterpiece, on audiobook as well as visual? Yes (to quote Molly herself), yes, yes, yes. © 2012 South China Morning Post





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