YMMV / Ulysses

  • Critical Dissonance: Regarded as one of the most important novels of the 20th Century by critics and literary scholars, but lots of general readers find it difficult to get through.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible: Or at least difficult as hell for the unprepared.
    • Special mentions for Proteus, Oxen of the Sun, and Penelope. Dear God, Penelope.
  • Values Dissonance: We never learn exactly how old Edy Boardman, Cissy Caffrey and Gertie MacDowell are—but considering Edy has a younger brother who's still a toddler, it's very likely that they're younger than 18. Ulysses was written when the age of consent in Ireland was still 16, and the story takes place around 30 years after it was raised from 13. At the time, readers probably objected more to the voyeurism and masturbation in "Nausicaa" than to the fact that Leopold Bloom was (possibly) masturbating to an underaged girl.
    • The narration admits that 'Gerty would never see seventeen again', so she's not underage (Edy and Cissy might be, though).
  • The Woobie: Bloom and Dedalus, though in different ways. With Stephen it's a bit more obvious if you've read 'Portrait of the Artist', where he seems more of a failure. Bloom has it bad too, between having a dead father and son, being a Jew at a highly anti-semitic period in Ireland and generally being an outcast to most of the citizens.