David Halpin has been explaining the history and legacy of James Joyce’s magnificent novel every week since Bloomsday 2016. This acclaimed walking tour begins in one of the city’s most treasured literary pubs – The Palace Bar – and ends at one of Joycean Dublin’s crown jewels – Sweny’s Pharmacy. Created as a forum for conversation the tour aims to address two central questions: why is Ulysses considered one of the greatest novels in world literature? And why is it considered so difficult to read? Starting with a sit-down introduction, the tour develops into a relaxed stroll through south Dublin exploring this famous book and its relationship to the city of Joyce’s youth – the city that he told us was written in his heart.
Along the way expect to visit some famous landmarks and impressive artworks, and delight in hearing music, readings, and stories from Joyce’s life and work. If you have read the novel you will relish the experience of having it sharpened into focus by a big fan, and you if have not, this 3-hour interactive experience is the perfect introduction.
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Ulysses by James Joyce is often called the greatest novel in the English language. It also has a reputation as being one of the most difficult novels to read. Notorious for having been banned for obscenity when it was first published in 1922, Ulysses tells the story of one day in Dublin, and the meeting of two men, Stephen Dedalus and Leopold Bloom. It is, all at once, a kind of an encyclopedia, the chronicle of an ordinary day, the epic of the human body, and perhaps the greatest foregrounding in literature of the process of thinking.
This tour explains the history and legacy of Ulysses. The walk features music, sculptures, murals, famous landmarks and readings and the experience is entertaining and fascinating for Joyce fans and the culturally curious.