Sunday, June 13, 2004

Thousands in Dublin celebrate 'Ulysses'

DUBLIN, Ireland - Several thousand Dubliners, tourists and literary experts filled the capital's major boulevard Sunday to celebrate the fictional anniversary of "Ulysses," James Joyce's famously complex epic set on a single Dublin day 100 years ago. Many of them wearing Edwardian-period suits, dresses and hats, celebrants lined up for free breakfasts on O'Connell Street in the biggest-ever event connected to "Ulysses." The meal kicked off a week of celebrations across the capital tied to Joyce's masterwork. The book, published in Paris in 1922, is considered among the greatest but most difficult novels of the 20th century. It charts the June 16, 1904, wanderings of Leopold Bloom and Stephen Dedalus among Dublin streets and beaches, museums and galleries, pubs and brothels - and most challengingly of all for readers, through the ebb and tide of their memories and emotions.

Recommended Reading. ;-)

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