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Polly Parrot

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Hi! I've been looking for a new book forum to join and this seems like a nice and active place. That and I saw a thread on Ulysses when first browsing the forum.

About me: I'm currently researching James Joyce's Finnegans Wake as part of a Ph.D. Aside from my Joyce-related reading I don't really have one specific genre I stick to and tend to read a little bit of everything. I enjoy the odd crime novel but when I have the time for it I also like reading the classics and am currently debating whether or not to give Proust another go.

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Hi Polly, welcome to the forum! 

 

Do you have any particular favourite authors (other than Joyce :) )?

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A PhD on Finnegan's Wake! That sounds like a great conversation starter. :P 

 

Do you find you're still able to enjoy reading works which you are also studying? (Just curious as I did very badly in English Literature!)

 

Anyway, welcome to the forum - I look forward to hearing your thoughts!

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9 hours ago, Hayley said:

Hi Polly, welcome to the forum! 

 

Do you have any particular favourite authors (other than Joyce :) )?

 

Not in particular to be honest. I enjoyed reading Virginia Woolf's works, Mrs Dalloway in particular. I've recently read two novels by Guy Ware which were both excellent (Reconciliation and The Fat of Fed Beasts).

I like to think I read a little bit of everything.

 

6 hours ago, Angury said:

A PhD on Finnegan's Wake! That sounds like a great conversation starter. :P 

 

Do you find you're still able to enjoy reading works which you are also studying? (Just curious as I did very badly in English Literature!)

 

Anyway, welcome to the forum - I look forward to hearing your thoughts!

 

Conversation starter and ender depending on the audience, I get a lot of blank stares. I suppose that comes with this level of nerdiness. 

 

I still enjoy reading, yes, though sometimes I can get a little carried away when a passage in a book which I'm not reading for my research reminds me of it. With the Joyce books themselves: at the moment I read them for research more than anything, so when reading them I tend to go into the allusions a little too much I think. Maybe some time will help remedy that.

I've just got A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man on audiiobook though and have managed to just listen to it without overthinking things.

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