Keys, Joyce and Guinness

First, Happy alentines Day to all no matter what kind of love you share with friends, family, pets and sweethearts.

I didn’t read as much on my vacation as I had hoped.    We spent more time sightseeing than lounging by the pool.     So for today’s Jousting with Joyce update, I can only report that I’m now further behind:  I’m still wandering with Dedalus in Chapter 3 so that puts me 3.5 chapters behind.

But!   and this is good news, I have some help.   I checked out a few books from the library AND received the most grand gift EVEH!  from my friend Jeanne who sent me this:

James Joyce’s Odyssey:  A Guide to the Dublin of Ulysses

I’m learning all sorts of interesting facts about lots of stuff.   And it is really sparking my interest in visiting Dublin, of course.

So where did I go for vacation?    the Florida Keys!    Where we found an Irish bar (of course).

This is me, toasting Joyce with a pint of Guinness.     If only I could have had a hefty copy of Ulysses with me; the photo would be perfect.

Back to reading…


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34 Responses to “Keys, Joyce and Guinness”

  1. 1 Rebecca Rasmussen February 14, 2011 at 9:36 am

    Ooh I love Guinness! So glad you enjoyed yourself, honey! XOXOXOX

  2. 3 Amanda February 14, 2011 at 9:53 am

    That WOULD be perfect with Ulysses!! :D

  3. 5 Jeanne February 14, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Yeah, drinking while reading Joyce is a great idea for enjoying it more!

  4. 9 Dorte H February 14, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    The last time we were in Dublin, my daughter was reading Joyce so we took several pictures of her in front of Joyce hotspots :D

  5. 11 Karenlibrarian February 14, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    So jealous of your trip to the Keys! However, I can’t complain because our cold snap in Texas was pretty short compared to the frozen north. And I can’t imagine why you didn’t bring James Joyce on a Florida vacation! ;-)

    • 12 Care February 14, 2011 at 4:09 pm

      Actually, Karen, I did! and I even read a little! I have the free eReader version on my iPad but heaving the hefty text around in an Irish bar would be way more impressive.

  6. 13 nymeth February 14, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Happy Valentine’s Day, my dear! And best of luck with the Joyce :P

  7. 15 charley February 14, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    I love those festive bandanas! If only I could tie something on my cats without them scratching my face off. And that Guinness looks delicious. Way better than the glass of water I have sitting in front of me.

  8. 17 Bex February 14, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Ah you should definitely visit Dublin, it’s amazing! I’ve been three times now and i’m totally in love with the city, as well as the fact it’s only about 10 mins train ride from the beach! I did actually take my copy of Ulysses with me last time, and attempted to read it by the big round tower, which is the James Joyce museum… But even then I couldn’t do it! I really will finish it one day though…!

  9. 19 softdrink February 14, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    Extra credit for having your picture taken with Joyce!

  10. 21 JoAnn February 15, 2011 at 7:11 am

    Hope you enjoyed your vacation… think I’d need a Guinesss (or two) to get through just a few pages of Ulysses. Good Luck!

  11. 25 Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness) February 15, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Happy Valentine’s Day, a little bit late :)

  12. 27 Bookfool, aka Nancy February 15, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    Belated Valentine’s wishes, Care!! Florida, eh? Hope you had a terrific time. It looks like you did. Your furbabies look adorable.

    Could you remind me what state you’re in, please? I was getting all set to print out an address label to send you True Grit and I can’t read my writing. It looks like MD. But, you’re not in Maryland, are you? I was thinking Massachusetts. Need to work on my handwriting, apparently.

  13. 29 Jenny February 15, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    Happy Valentine’s Day, Care! I’m envious of the vacation in a warm place, although New York has relented and begun to thaw a little bit.

  14. 31 Lisa February 16, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    I’d definitely rather be drinking Guinness than reading Joyce!

  15. 33 Shelley February 22, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Somehow Ulysses and vacation just don’t seem to mix! For a while I wouldn’t even accept it as bedtime reading, lol!

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