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By PaddyDog | Trade News | June 16, 2009 | Comments ()

By PaddyDog | Trade News | June 16, 2009 |


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Today is Bloomsday. The day when people all over the world celebrate the most unreadable book in the world: James Joyce's Ulysses. In Dublin it's a week-long festival, people from all walks of life (only a fraction of whom have read the book) dress in Edwardian costume or just put on a straw hat, and retread Leopold Bloom's steps throughout the streets of the city. They eat the food the protagonists eat in the book, which ranges from a "the inner organs of beasts and fowls" to "Gorgonzola sandwiches washed down with a glass of burgundy," or as the Director of the James Joyce Center puts it "any cooked breakfast is acceptable, especially if accompanied by booze".

This isn't a festival for the literati. Everybody joins in. I don't know of any other day entirely devoted to a book. I don't know of any other occasion when an entire city puts aside its petty crime and social differences and ignores the bad weather to celebrate a book. That makes Bloomsday one of the most magical days of the year.

This year, the comic book artist Robert Berry has recreated the novel in an astoundingly beautiful comic book rendition and made it available online.

Happy Bloomsday Pajibans one and all!


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