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.

Stephen ponders his family's fall from grace. Joachim Abbas. Frank unpacks "the rabble."

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In Stephen's mind (still on Sandymount Strand), his uncle offers him food and drink, of a sorts. Second-hand opera, and a note of warning.

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A special episode celebrates Bloomsday 2012 on June 16. Frank introduces us to the first five stories of Dubliners as a way of "getting into Joyce."

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An imagined domestic scene, mock heroism, and Stephen's nuncle. Differing versions of the text, and contradictions. Names unpacked, and a poignant poem. 

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In Stephen's mind, his father continues to mock his mother's family, and Stephen visits his uncle's cottage.

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