Re: Ch 4 - A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
I had a hard time with the last couple of chapters too. Usually I look forward to reading a book, but I typically don't look forward to reading this one. Although there are some really amazing sections. And Joyce does take you into the very mind of the character to startling degree.
Just as Ch. 3 takes you through a terrifying torturous description of hell, Ch. 4 begins with a dry, formal tone here as Dedalus considers the monotonous, sterile life of a monk, but you'll find the language gradually becomes much more intellectual in tone as Stephen goes to university and begins to develop his philosophy of aesthetics. Joyce is a maniac.
Keep at it, Saffron. I think all of us will be glad we took the journey. I'm actually contemplating Ulysses, though I doubt Joyce will ever be described as an accessible author.
I have to say that although our discussion is rather sparse, I do really appreciate these comments. It's very cool to have cmiller and flann along for this ride. But where's DWill? He is missed.