This long, brilliant, and very difficult novel takes place on one day in Dublin. I'm giving you a link to an annotated version of Ulysses, but if you're serious about taking on this classic, I suggest you listen to it rather than read it. Go to Audible.com and get the one read by the actors, Jim Norton and Marcella Riordan. They make the journey so much easier, and you will be listening to perhaps the greatest recording ever made of a book. These two are simply amazing and they do a fine job with the stream of consciousness and making vocal distinctions between the many characters. Here's a LINK to the Audible version. It also helps (a lot!) if you go to Wikipedia and look up the book. There you'll find an episode-by-episode explanation of what's going on., which you'll need. Trust me. As you listen, just let the words flow over you, pay attention, and take it all in. Stick with it and don't get frustrated because when you get to the last episode, Molly's Soliloquy, you're going to be thrilled by Ms. Riordan. Oh, and if you're a prude, go read something else.