James and his gigantic octopus

Carl Jung (1875–1961) James Joyce (1882–1941)

Katy Evans-Bush – mistress of the literary anecdote – has posted Carl Jung’s letter to James Joyce on reading the the Irish author’s magnum opus Ulysses.

“Your book as a whole has given me no end of trouble and I was brooding over it for about three years until I succeeded to put myself into it. But I must tell you that I’m profoundly grateful to yourself as well as to your gigantic opus, because I learned a great deal from it.”

It took me a similar length of time, and then more than double that to recover from the experience. But I thoroughly enjoyed Ulysses, and recommend it to anyone with a well-developed imagination and sturdy disposition.