Confusing, is my first impression. It must be noted that before a reading of 'Ulysses', Joyce's previous book, 'portrait of an artist', MUST be read, otherwise, like me, you will find this book convoluted, irritating and completely annoying. I found this, and continue to feel this way, nevertheless it is a book that, for literary lovers, is an excellent example of Joyce's revolutionary writing style and imaginative narratives. Although this book is long, drawn out and overall rather irritating [in my opinion], it was interesting, in its style and genre. A book that, if time allows, should be read by those who love great Literature, and have far too much patience.