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message for sminobe . ( off topic sory) by irishmanufan on 19 June 2004 1:02am
how was bloomsday for you sminobe ? it was great here . the street was closed in sandycove . a lot of people were dressed in joycean finery . there was a champagne and wine bar in the middle of the road with a big canopy over it to escape from the broiling hot sun . even had a glass of chamagne to keep me cool . combined it with a couple of oysters that were being given away . tasted lovely !
there was a marquee so cavistons could serve lunch .
i went to joyce's tower climbed up to the gun emplacement at the top that is mentioned in the first chapeter of ulyeeses and caught the reading of it by barry mc govern . the chapter that was being read was chapter 12 the secene in the pub where they all talk about irish nationalism ( or at least i think thats what was being talked about !) outside the tower there were 4 american students who decided to read the 1st chapter of the book wwhere the tower is mentioned . they had been studying joyce at stanford university . it was brilliant .
that evening i went with my parents to a concert of music from joyce's time that was either mentioned in the book ulyesses itself of joyce was suppposed to have sung or liked . i bet you did'nt know joyce was a very good singer .
as to wheather i would read ulysees or not i am still not sure . as an old man at joyce's tower said to me the book kind of goes pear shapped in the middle ! though the ladies form standford university did reomcend me a good guide for it to be read as you read the book !
anyway tell me how you got on while reading on the strand !
take care
Re: message for sminobe . ( off topic sory) by sminobe on 21 June 2004 6:22pm
Bloomsday was fairly subdued for us -- of course we were in a *British* pub. Didn't get to The Strand, either -- we were feeling too full from too much food (sticky toffee pudding for dessert was the clincher) -- so we read right at the table, each of us taking turns selecting favorite sections. No one else there seemed to know why we were reading (or even *what*) -- maybe they got it when we all read the 1st few lines right at the end in unison ("Stately, plump Buck Mulligan...").

There were a bunch of joggers that passed by the restaurant window, so we figured it was the Bloomsday 10K which replicates Bloom's & Dedalus' entire journey in under 2 hours -- a sort of Evelyn Woods version of Ulysses.

Sounds like you had a marvelous time with lots of Joyce/Ulysses fans! Wish I coulda been there.

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