Bloomsday on Friday…

It’s something of a tradition on Slugger that we do what we can to celebrate Bloomsday, which is coming up on Friday. If you know of some oddity inspired by the odd prose of James Joyce and that epic story of one day in Dublin, drop us a line, or let us know below!

  • Harry

    Perhaps people could remember that the story is set in a united Ireland.
    This was true in 1904, it only became fiction later.

  • Rory

    A piece of prose worthy of the young Joyce himself there, Harry. Concise and elegant.

  • willis

    And suitably delphic.

  • foreign correspondent

    I recently talked to a Spanish person who managed to read Ulysses to the end, in a Spanish translation. Fair play to them but Ulysses must lose an awful lot more in translation than most works, know matter how well the translator does his/her job.
    I´ve tried to read Ulysses and failed.
    I had to study Dubliners at school, the forced study of which made me fail to appreciate it at the time.
    I read Portrait of The Artist a few years ago and I thought it was very very good.

  • Brendan Behan’s favourite one was,
    – What do you think on Joyce?
    – They shouldn’t have hanged him.

    This alludes to Wiliam Joyce, Lord Haw Haw, another victim.
    Poor Lucia Joyce, with Jimmy as a father and Sam Beckett as a boyfriend. No wonder she went cooky.

  • I was down for the centenary celebrations in 2004 and almost got into a fist fight outside Davy Byrns with an English man because he said Joyce was English because he was born when England ruled Ireland.

    Needless to say, much shouting and laughing was aimed in his direction.

  • joeCanuck

    Foreign corresponent

    Id did read it from cover to cover when in my teens.
    I don’t think I could repeat that feat now but I still get a lot of pleasure a few times a year by opening it at random and reading a few dozen pages.

  • Cormac

    …and for the completely lazy/befuddled (like myself), there’s always the digested digested read

  • hacker

    I usually tuck into a gorgonzola sandwich and a glass of Burgundy, as Bloom did in Davy Byrnes, and read a few pages of Ulysses. I know it’s a bit cheesy (sic) but I feel it’s making an effort.

  • Alexander Bowman

    Taigs,

    The psychoanalyst Carl Jung, who knew them both in Zurich, had this to say about father and daughter;

    ‘They are both heading for the bottom of the river, but, while Lucia is sinking, James is diving.’

    A favourite ‘Ulysses’-attached anecdote. Years ago when I was living in Dublin they put up a blue plaque at number 7 Clanbrassil Street to designate the birth-place of Leopold Bloom.

    An elderly lady, brushing her front porch on the other side of the street, wondered at the commotion caused by television crews, the crowd of politicos, literary people, etc.

    When told what it was all about, she wasted no time in pointing out that, at the time of baby Leo’s birth, the family occupied number 9 and not 7.

  • Keith M

    By the way in case you havn’t heard Bloomsday (or at least the celebration of it) has been cancelled in Dublin on Friday due to Haughey’s state funeral.

  • Stephen Copeland

    …. at the time of baby Leo’s birth

    That’s wierd, cos Leopold Bloom was a fictional character! He was born as a fully formed adult, and not in Clanbrassil Street either.

  • Alexander Bowman

    Stephen,

    I was in Cordoba for a long weekend last month.

    On the front wall of an ancient white-washed building down by the river in that city, there is a plaque testifying to the fact that one Don Quixote breathed his last in the back bedroom on the second floor.

    Sancho’s descendants have long since cornered the market in red peppers and onions…

  • Keith M

    I would agree N.I. has other claimants to the title, but none comes close to Best. I wouldn’t include Whiteside, best Best, Blanchflower and Doherty would make an all-time all-Irish eleven.