"James Joyce's “Ulysses” is widely considered to be both a literary masterpiece and one of the hardest works of literature to read. It inspires such devotion that once a year, thousands of people all over the world dress up like the characters, take to the streets, and read the book aloud. So what is it about this novel that inspires so many people? Sam Slote uncovers the allure of this epic tome."
It's my favorite book. And Stephen Fry's too.
There's a chapter that takes place in the Dublin red-light district that is like one long acid trip, with all the characters from Bloom's past and present appearing to haunt or comfort him on the sidewalks and alleys and brothels. It's an amazing work.