As a longtime student of Joyce and a thoughtful consumer of food & drink, I rate this experience an unqualified success. Paul and James, like so many celebrants of Bloomsday, did their best to look Edwardian, suggesting with an almost painful accuracy what might have been typical down-at-heels but trying-to-keep-up-appearances Dubliners of 1904. Dressing a part is relatively easy. Being comfortably conversant with both the broad themes and gritty details of ULYSSES is something else again. Both guides clearly enjoyed the challenge posed by the novel, not least the paradox that most of their audience, while obviously intrigued by the mythological aura surrounding ULYSSES and its author, had not (yet!) read the (in)famous work. The walk along the Liffey and nearby streets, the readings, the food--all superb and unquestionably worth the price of admission.
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