Buck Starts Here


This morning.

Forty Foot, Sandycove, County Dublin.

Niall Burgess, Secretary General at the Department of Foreign Affairs, begins Bloomsday in scrotum-tightening manner.

In fairness.


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17 thoughts on “Buck Starts Here

  1. Slightly Bemused

    I tried reading Ulysses a couple of times. Never could make it past chapter one, although I can confess to browsing through other chapters. I really do not see the appeal.

    I did manage to make it through Portrait of the Artist, but that is known as one of his easier works.

      1. Rob_G

        Dubliners is excellent.

        I hated ‘Portrait’ – Lord, it put years on me

        @ Slightly, If you really want to read Ulysses, try the audiobook – it’s a bit clearer what is exposition, and what is the interior monologue.

        1. yupyup

          Laboured through it a few years back….but might give it another go via audiobook. Cheers.

    1. scottser

      i tried reading it in college. the book itself was a tenner, the book that taught you how to read it was over a hundred quid.

    2. jamesjoist

      Try episode 9 , part 2 , p. 263 .
      Set in Barney Kiernan’s pub . In my opinion the funniest in the book . With ‘ the Citizen ‘ spouting romantic tosh about ancient Gaelic Ireland and Bloom pointing the glowing end of his cigar at him and the biscuit tin hurled after the escaping cab it’s the one I find most relatable to an episode of the Odyssey: Cyclops . The narrator is the type of raconteur you would love to have a pint with .

  2. jamesjoist

    I hope none of the male enthusiasts mention their wife’s ‘ ample flesh ‘ whilst straightening the bed covers. Could be a very bad start to the day .

  3. Janet, dreams of spidercrab

    Mr Leopold Bloom ate with relish the inner organs of beasts and fowls. He liked thick giblet soup, nutty gizzards, a stuffed roast heart, liverslices fried with crustcrumbs, fried hencods’ roes. Most of all he liked grilled mutton kidneys which gave to his palate a fine tang of faintly scented urine.

    they do a lovely kidney dish to this day in FX Buckley, well they did pre shutdown in his honour

    1. Janet, dreams of spidercrab

      that’s absolutely torn it, I’ll have to make béarnaise now,
      I for one can’t wait until restaurants are back

      1. Janet, dreams of spidercrab

        sorry, the kidney dish, what’s that called when you think backwards :)

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