I ripped through this thing in like an hour and a half, while watching "Crossword All-Stars" on t.v., and cleaning the fish tank. It's a good book for multitasking, because the plot is so thin and watery.. nothing really happens! Just some shaving, walking around town.. crap like that. Now I have bragging rights to say I've read it, which is apparently a big deal to some people (losers), but honestly, I wouldn't recommend you waste your time. I actually heard that Joyce wrote this book as a basic reading lesson for immigrants who were learning English as a second language. He'd probably laugh himself silly, if he read the reviews on here that try to ascribe deep and oh-so-meaningful symbolism into it!Hitler.