Now, not everyone agrees that this work should receive this sort of fevered adoration. My friend and fellow book blogger EnriqueFreeque organized a group reading of the novel several years ago on LibraryThing. The group was enthusiastic, and the discussions were lively. Most readers fell into the fevered adoration category. EnriqueFreeque had this to say about Ulysses, "I loathe Ulysses the way that most sensible folks loathe the very existence of Bernie Madoff. It's an all encompassing and consuming loathing leaving no room for mercy....I hated it." (Read his full review here.) I had read the book years before and liked it, but couldn't endure the snobbery of many of the group members.
But I still love the hoohah associated with the novel on this date every year. Any book that inspires such strong feelings (even if they're negative feelings, like my friend's) is all right by me.
Happy Bloomsday everyone.