06/16/2015 06:00 EDT | Updated 06/16/2016 05:59 EDT

David Schurman gives tips on how to love James Joyce's Ulysses

Have you ever tried to read Ulysses, suffered through the first chapter, then decided it wasn't worth the effort?

David Schurman wants to convince you that it's time to give the novel another try.

He's one of the organizers of Bloomsday Montreal, an annual celebration of the life of Irish author James Joyce. 

He's an ardent defender of the dense Ulysses, having read it half a dozen times. He acknowledges that it's a complex book, but says everyone should give it a shot.

"It's certainly a challenge, but it's a really funny book. People don't understand it, but Joyce is amazing at puns. He was a master wordsmith," he said.

He says the key to finishing Ulysses is to not do it alone. He recommends getting a group together and listening to an audio book version.

"If you do that," he said, "you will not only understand Ulysses, but you will read it again and again."

- Listen to Schurman's interview on CBC's Daybreak at 6:20 a.m.