Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Will I ever finish Ulysses?
The flu is back, unfortunately, so now might be as good a day as any to restart it!
Today being Bloomsday, I thought I'd share one of my favourite passages from it - and weirdly enough it was also the passage that was featured in today's Writer's Almanac email!
I wish I were in Dublin today, as they celebrate Bloomsday with a range of activities such as Joyce readings and dramatisations, pub crawls retracing Bloom's route around Dublin and apparently even marathon readings of the novel, lasting up to 36 hours. Now if there was ever a way to get the novel read once and for all, that would be it for sure! A bit hardcore, but maybe an option for me next year.
"O and the sea the sea crimson sometimes like fire and the
glorious sunsets and the
figtrees in the Alameda gardens yes and all the queer little streets
and pink and blue
and yellow houses and the rosegardens and the jessamine and
cactuses and Gibraltar as a girl where I was a Flower of the
mountain yes when I put
the rose in my hair like the Andalusian girls used or shall I wear a
red yes and how
he kissed me under the Moorish wall and I thought well as well
him as another and
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."
- from Ulysses by James Joyce
UPDATE: Dovegreyreader has set up Team Ulysses! Head over if you want to join in.