Happy Bloomsday!

15 Jun

James Joyce in 1915

Happy Bloomsday everyone! Since James Joyce’s “Ulysses” is one of my favorite books of all time, I look forward to Bloomsday every year and dream of attending the Bloomsday celebrations in Dublin one day.

“Ulysses” is remarkable because it is so smart, clever and unconventional yet also one of the filthiest books ever written. It’s very naughty but intelligent at the same time, what more do you need? 😉

In honor of Bloomsday, here is one of my favorite excerpts from the book:

“My youth. Never again. Only once it comes. Or hers. Take the train there tomorrow. No.  Returning not the same. Like kids your second visit to a house. The new I want. Nothing new under the sun. Care of P.O. Dolphin’s barn. Are you not happy in your? Naughty darling. At Dolphin’s barn charades in Luke Doyle’s house. Matt Dillon and his bevy of daughters: Tiny, Atty, Floey, Maimy, Louy, Hetty. Molly, too. Eightyseven that was. Year before we. And the old major partial to his drop of spirits. Curious she an only child, I an only child. So it returns. Think you’re escaping and run into yourself. Longest way round is the shortest way home. “

If you are a fan of the book and haven’t seen the 1967 movie adaptation yet, make sure to do so. It is very true to the book and manages to adapt the stream-of-consciousness novel to a motion picture format surprisingly well:

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