Rationale Behind the Uncool Version of James Joyce's 'Clay'
Very simple. How often does the reader come away from a story in Joyce's Dubliners wondering what had happened, and what was supposed to be so great about Joyce anyway? or something to that effect. Did I miss something? is also a common fleeting thought as the book is laid down and you go off to make yourself a cup of tea. This feeling can come about because as readers we may have become lazy, that we not only want to be given adequate signposting as to what is going on, we now demand it. Joyce took a lot of such narrative guidance away. This uncool version is an imagined re-constructed text with all the (junk) signposts put back in. Poor Jimmy will be likely turning in his grave if this ever gets out, ach, but sure, he might see the humour in it. I hope.
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