HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO JAMES JOYCE! His works got me hooked in my teens when I really related to his character Stephen Dedalus as he rejected his religion and indulged what I call his “young and pretentious side” in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. I wore out my copy of Joyce’s novel Ulysses and continue to mark Bloom’s Day to this very day.
Over the years Finnegans Wake replaced Ulysses as my favorite Joyce novel and I’m fonder than many people are of his play Exiles. Naturally, I’m also into his “epiphanies” in Dubliners and, poetry geek that I am, even Pomes Penyeach and Chamber Music.
So, if you live in Ireland, say hello to Anna Livia Plurabelle for me today!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SUNNY JEEEM!
2 responses to “HAPPY BIRTHDAY JAMES JOYCE!”
Wow – you put most of the country to shame!! I have read Ulysses, Portrait and Exiles- I gave up on Finnegan’s Wake and even the lockdown wouldn’t tempt me back!! I like Dubliners though.
Whatever about Anna Livia Plurabelle, Anna Livia is beyond my 5km restrictions alas! I am however, 5.4km from Joyce’s Tower in Sandycove so I’ll sneak over during the week and pass on your good wishes!!!
Thank you for the kind words and for passing on my good wishes to Joyce’s Tower! Glad to talk with another James Joyce fan.