Thursday, June 16, 2011
Happy Bloomsday, Everyone.
But I couldn't let Bloomsday pass without recycling TLM's reviews of Ulysses from late last year. There were two: one relating reflections at the halfway point and one presenting a final review. June 16, 1904, was the date that Joyce chose for Ulysses' protagonist, Leopold Bloom, to go rambling about Dublin and provide us with some of the most colorful scenes in all of English literature. It also happens to be the day that James Joyce had his first date with his eventual wife, Nora Barnacle. In any case, the date is celebrated worldwide (and particularly in Dublin) as Bloomsday in honor and recognition of Joyce's epic work and enduring genius.
So raise a pint to Ulysses, number seven on TLM's Top Eight Novels for Men, and to James Joyce, one of the most honored (and divisive) authors in literary history.