Frank Delaney's Re: Joyce
Re: Joyce! On the international literary feast day of Bloomsday 2010, we launched a podcast to commemorate James Joyce's mighty novel, "Ulysses", the action of which took place in 18 hours of June 16, 1904. Every week you'll find a five-minute mini-essay from me designed to take you through the novel that's on every list of the greatest books ever written. And as Ulysses runs to some 375,000 words, and I mean to go through it sentence by sentence if I have to, in order to convey the full brilliance of this novel - and the enjoyment to be had from it - I'll be podcasting for some time to come! It's such an absorbing book, it's got diamond mines of references, it's so compassionate, so tender, so moving, so funny - and most of us never know that, because most of us have long been daunted by it. No need to be afraid any more - that is, if you make a habit of listening to these podcasts.

A few thoughts on the Celtic spirit, and on what, exactly, can be seen from Martello tower.

Direct download: re_Joyce_16_-_Now_You_See_It_Now_You_Dont.mp3
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We dig through some more insults, and ponder the names of characters who don't, in fact, appear in the novel.

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A single word produces lessons on the Greek language, politics, and cultural criticism.

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Stepping away from the narrative for a moment, Frank gives us a look at Joyce's education, his family, and his conflicted relationship with the Catholic church.

Direct download: re_Joyce_12a_-_Bakers_Dozen_-_James_Joyces_Origins.mp3
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Stephen and Mulligan fence - or, alternately, joust.

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