Ulysses chronicles the appointments and encounters of Leopold Bloom in Dublin in the course of an ordinary day, 16 June 1904.
Starting at 8am and ending sometime after 2am the following morning, much of the story occurs inside the minds of the characters.
The novel follows the wanderings and musings of Leopold Bloom, a middle-aged Jewish advertising canvasser, and Stephen Dedalus, a young Irish artist and writer, as they go about their daily lives in Dublin.
The novel is divided into 18 Episodes, each covering roughly an hour of the day, and each in a unique literary style. Every Episode corresponds to a different episode in Homer’s Odyssey and represents a different aspect of the human condition.
One of the most striking features of Ulysses is its experimental use of language. Joyce employs a wide range of literary techniques, including stream of consciousness, interior monologue, and the use of unconventional punctuation and syntax to capture the thoughts and experiences of his characters.
Despite being seen as a challenging read by many, Ulysses has been widely praised for its portrayal of the everyday lives of its characters, its depiction of Dublin and Irish society, and its innovative use of language.
Ulysses is hailed as one of the most influential works of modernist literature.