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How will you celebrate Bloomsday tomorrow?

Asked by ratboy (15157points) June 15th, 2010

June 16th—Bloomsday.

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AmWiser's avatar

According to link Bloomsday is really big in Dublin. Sounds like a lot of fun. I’ll have to plan a vacation there one June 16th. Have some fun for all of us.

Your_Majesty's avatar

I don’t know. It’s not our custom to celebrate such day in my country. I don’t even know there’s a Bloomsday.

gailcalled's avatar

The traditional way is to have a 24-hour marathon reading of the entire book. I’ll probably stick with the first and last sentences. It is my favorite book and the one I would take to the desert island if I were allowed dictionaries in French, Latin, German, Greek and Gaelic (plus an exegesis of the Catholic Mass).

@ratboy: I take issue with your tags. How about; extraordinary,original, complex and riveting. It is probably one of the least obscene books written.

Now, if you want obscene, read Joyce’s love letters to his wife, the former Nora Barnacle.
Here’s an excerpt.

And another tidbit glorifying Joyce’s prose style:

“In 2004, an erotic letter from Joyce to Barnacle sold at Sotheby’s for stgĀ£240,800 (US$445,000); a record amount for a modern-day letter at auction.” (Wikipedia article on Nora Barnacle.)

Here’s my 30” summary of the book;

“First sentence: ‘Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came down from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror lay crossed…... Since the last chapter – Molly Bloom’s solioquey -is 30 pages long and only four sentences, I will give you just the last phrase…..then I asked him with my eyes to ask again yes and then he asked me would I yes to say yes my mountain flower and first I put my arms around him yes and drew him down to me so he could feel my breasts all perfume yes and his heart was going like mad and yes I said yes I will Yes.’ ”

envidula61's avatar

Ack! @gailcalled got to it first. I was going to say that I will be saying “yes, I say yes” all day long. To anyone who asks.

gailcalled's avatar

@envidula61: Be careful that you say it to the right person.

gailcalled's avatar

I am on page 34 – only 765 pages left to read.

envidula61's avatar

@gailcalled Person? What person? I don’t see noone here.

mouth getting dry due to so much yessing. must get drink

gailcalled's avatar

@envidula61: Molly Bloom was remembering how she agreed to make love with and marry Leopold Bloom. Thoset “yeses” implies a serious commitment to one soulmate. You don’t want to end up with a harem of either sex.

envidula61's avatar

@gailcalled How do you know that? ;-)

gailcalled's avatar

I read the book. (Ulysses). If you’re willing to wade through the 700 odd pages, Joyce makes it very clear. Of course he waits until the last sentence (about 8 pages long itself).

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