It's obviously not dull, it's the greatest story ever told, the foundation. just need to find the right version.
yet two of the greatest works of 20th century art were based on the Odyssey: Joyce's Ulysses and Walter Hill's "The Warriors"found the Odyssey dull.
There's a great version by this Irish bloke.
Yeah I hadn't read Odyssey before Ulysses, but I definitely had a rich experience anyway. As you say, I'm sure I'll have a bunch of new stuff to appreciate if I were to reread Ulysses after Odyssey.Started on the hamlet chapter today, the most difficult bit so far but going through it veeery slowly with the notes and quite surprised and pleased by how much I understand.
Must say, I haven't given much thought or attention to how the odyssey maps on to it so far, and it doesn't seem at all necessary to enjoy the book. Maybe it's just an extra layer that you might want to delve into on a second reading.
The only overt references I've picked up on have been in the lotus eaters chapter. Hard to believe anyone would have independently noticed the structure was based on the odyssey if Joyce hadn't himself dropped loads of hints to early readers in private letters and so forth (aside from the title, obviously)
PKD or Ballard?not sure if I agree, his fiction is amazing, a real touchstone
Also re-reading Vonnegut - Player Piano made me think that he and Pynchon have much in common. Technology, silly names, fear and paranoia - lots of other similarities.