Saturday, June 16, 2007

Happy Bloomsday

All of that talk of blooming flowers reminded me that today is Bloomsday. Bloomsday commemorates the day (June 16th, 1904) on which the events of the novel Ulyssses by James Joyce takes place. I have been to the 100th "Anniversary" celebration of the date in Dublin. Those people are pretty serious about Bloomsday (but in a fun way).

Jeopardy jumped the gun and had a James Joyce's Dublin category of June 13th. I actually got some of the questions correct. Do you know the answers? (see below, don't peek!)

$400: (Jimmy of the Clue Crew reports from Dublin, Ireland.) We're at the Jameson Distillery raising a glass to James Joyce on June 16, a date that now has this one-word name.

$800: A vast Dublin park shares its name with this mythical bird, so in Joyce's work the park is associated with resurrection

$1200: (Jimmy of the Clue Crew reports from Dublin, Ireland.) This young hero of "Ulysses" stands in this spot looking over the sea and pondering love's bitter mystery

$1600: Joyce made the city the setting for this 1914 story collection because it was "the centre of paralysis"

$2000: (Cheryl of the Clue Crew reports from Dublin, Ireland.) Dublin's Liffey River is a vital force in Joyce's work, especially in this late novel whose first word is "Riverrun"
I still haven't read Ulysses. How about you?


$400: Bloomsday
$800: Phoenix
$1200: Stephen Dedalus
$1600: Dubliners
$2000: Finnegan's Wake

Did you get them?

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