k-j wrote:I'm currently reading the Odyssey (in the recent Fagles translation) side-by-side with Ulysses - alternating a book / chapter at a time. It's proving more rewarding than I could have hoped. Reading them together is almost like reading a new text, it's fantastic.
Wow. Fantastic project. But are there exactly the same number of chapters?
No! 18 chapters in Ulysses, 24 books in the Odyssey. And Joyce jumps around quite a bit (or perhaps it's Homer who jumps around and Joyce who tries to make some sense of it all).
So far I've gone Odyssey 1&2, Ulysses 1, O3, U2, O4, U3, O5, U4, O6, O7, O8. I think I'm going to read books 9 through 12 of the Odyssey (aka the Apologoi
, where Odysseus is telling his tall tales to the Phaeacians) before going back to Ulysses 5.
It's been some years since I read Ulysses, otherwise I might just read the relevant chapters of Ulysses out of order, following along with the Odyssey.