Thursday, June 16, 2011

16 June 1904, yes, I say yes again, time for Bloom to wander the streets of Dublin

Time again for Bloom, Stephen, Molly, Buck and all the rest to appear before us and celebrate Bloomsday. Here are some quotes and pictures from my visit to Dublin in 2004.

Trinity College
"His smile faded as he walked, a heavy cloud hiding the sun slowly, shadowing Trinity's surly front. Trams passed one another, ingoing, outgoing, clanging. Useless words. Things go on same, day after day: squads of police marching out, back: trams in, out. Those two loonies mooching about. Dignam carted off. Mina Purefoy swollen belly on a bed groaning to have a child tugged out of her. One born every second somewhere. Other dying every second. Since I fed the birds five minutes. Three hundred kicked the bucket. Other three hundred born, washing the blood off, all are washed in the blood of the lamb, bawling maaaaaa."  James Joyce. Ulysses (Kindle Locations 3367-3371).

The Liffey
"A skiff, a crumpled throwaway, Elijah is coming, rode lightly down the Liffey, under Loopline bridge, shooting the rapids where water chafed around the bridgepiers, sailing eastward past hulls and anchorchains, between the Customhouse old dock and George's quay." James Joyce. Ulysses (Kindle Locations 4732-4733).

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