Wandering Rocks

Episode 10 initiates a major change in the novel's trajectory. Tied to the slenderest of Homeric reeds and paying scarcely more attention to Stephen and Bloom than to dozens of other people, it tries out a new kind of narrative presentation. Nothing very strange happens in terms of prose style, point of view, or objects of representation, but the text is broken up into nineteen discrete sections and most of them contain interpolations––sentences that have strayed from the sections where they belong into ones where they don't. The effects resemble cinematic jump cuts, and they create a sense of Dublin as an intricate whole constructed from countless interlocking parts. Other kinds of precise patterning––spatial, temporal, thematic, linguistic––add to the nonlinear complexity of this chapter.

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A bird's-eye view of Dublin looking north to the River Liffey, in a steel-engraved and hand-colored etching published as a supplement to the 6 June 1846 edition of Illustrated London News. Source: www.whytes.ie.

Contemporary aerial photograph of the Liffey. Source: i.pinimg.com.

The Argonauts Pass the Symplegades, 1733 etching by Bernard Picart.
Source: www.argonauts-book.com.

Illustration by Howard Davie for The Heroes, or Greek Fairy Tales (ca. 1900), by Charles Kingsley. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Detail (!) of a maze designed by K. Nomura. Source: www.independent.co.uk.

Another detail of Nomura's labyrinth. Source: www.thisiscolossal.com.

Source: www.amazon.com.