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Author Doyle slams legend Joyce
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James Joyce's novel caused uproar in the 1920s
Irish author Roddy Doyle has attacked literary legend James Joyce's novel Ulysses, branding it overrated.

"Ulysses could have done with a good editor," Doyle told a gathering in New York to mark the writer's birthday.

"People are always putting Ulysses in the top 10 books but I doubt any of those people were really moved by it."

Doyle's comments come as Ireland plans to mark the centenary of Bloomsday - 16 June, 1904 - on which the sexually explicit 1922 novel is set.

A series of events is planned in Dublin, including a mass breakfast for 10,000 people on O'Connell Street on 13 June.

Meanwhile, broadcaster RTE will be showing a series of Joyce-themed programmes.

But Doyle was dismissive of the "Joyce industry", saying: "They'll be serving Joyce Happy Meals next."

Ulysses was banned until 1936 in the UK, while the 1967 film version was prohibited in Ireland until 2000.

Doyle, famous for works like Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, also said the follow-up to Ulysses, the notoriously difficult Finnegan's Wake - written in the stream-of-consciousness style - was "a complete waste of time", adding he had only read three pages of it.

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