The Dubliners by James Joyce

  • March 17, 2013 · 11:00 AM
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A Sunday brunch bookclub meeting on St Patrick's Day (hopefully with some potato pancakes). Oh and I suppose a book.

The results of the poll have come in and although close, this early work by a classic Irish author is the chosen title for our St Patrick's Day discussion.

 

The Dubliners by James Joyce


"James Joyce's Dubliners is an enthralling collection of modernist short stories which create a vivid picture of the day-to-day experience of Dublin life. Joyce's first major work, written when he was only twenty-five, brought his city to the world for the first time. His stories are rooted in the rich detail of Dublin life, portraying ordinary, often defeated lives with unflinching realism. From 'The Sisters', a vivid portrait of childhood faith and guilt, to 'Araby', a timeless evocation of the inexplicable yearnings of adolescence, to 'The Dead', in which Gabriel Conroy is gradually brought to a painful epiphany regarding the nature of his existence, Joyce draws a realistic and memorable cast of Dubliners together in an powerful exploration of overarching themes. Writing of social decline, sexual desire and exploitation, corruption and personal failure, he creates a brilliantly compelling, unique vision of the world and of human experience."

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Rozemarijn

    Nice pics, Mandie. Thnx! Pity that it was just the four of us. Great fun though!

    2 · March 22, 2013

    • Mandie R.

      Yes, I think we will have to forego RSVPs for future. Seems folks did not get their confirmations early enough. Really GREAT brunch though! Five stars for Cafe Zest.

      1 · March 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, just got the confirmation, so won't be able to make it.

    March 17, 2013

    • May B.

      me too -so sorry, I really wanted to go :-(

      March 17, 2013

  • Mandie R.

    Hmm... Are people lost or still sleeping? There's only four of us here...

    March 17, 2013

  • Ingeborg van H.

    Brunch on St Patricksday; yes please

    1 · March 17, 2013

  • Ingeborg van H.

    Ooh no, I'm so sorry! Didn't expect to make it further than the waitlist, so made other arrangements.

    March 17, 2013

  • Rowena A.

    I am so sorry, I caught the flu and I kept hoping I would have been better, but it seems not. Hopefully you all have a nice meeting and better luck next time.

    March 16, 2013

    • Mandie R.

      Feel better soon! Sorry to miss you. Take care.

      March 16, 2013

  • Mandie R.

    Hello fellow readers and Irish wannabes,
    Suggesting brunch at Cafe Zest on Bilderdijkstraat for a discussion of the book besides an omelet and bacon! No, it's not an Irish place, but pubs will be crowded and we won't be able to talk Joyce over the noise. Cafe Zest has a bar at the front and a reserved table at the back for us. Bunch at 11am, then we head over to Molly Malone's by Central Station for a proper pint or two...
    Re RSVPs -- please let the group know ASAP if you are NOT able to make it! There is a waiting list, which we have for the benefit of making a reservation with the restaurant and keeping the discussion to a workable size.
    Looking forward to meeting the new members and seeing familiar faces. Happy St. Patty's!

    1 · March 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, I won't be able to attend this time. It was a pleasure to reread the book - my favourite was Evelyn which I found to be poignant. I hope you have a lovely brunch!

    2 · March 12, 2013

    • Mandie R.

      You'll be missed, Jess. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

      March 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The 'most irish' irish pub in Amsterdam is Mulligans (on the river behind Rembrandtplein) however I'm not sure what the quality of their brunch would be like as I've only ever drank there, never eaten there. There is an irish pub near the casino at Leidsplein, perhaps that would be more touristy and therefore cater more for a brunch? Grace (irish lass :-)

    1 · March 11, 2013

  • Mandie R.

    Hi there, Does anyone have suggestions for a good Irish place for this brunch? Somewhere that we might be able to eat AND talk about the book? ;) I'm not familiar enough with Amsterdam, so ideas are very welcome!

    March 10, 2013

  • Ingeborg van H.

    Brunch on St Patricksday; yes please

    March 7, 2013

  • Rianne

    Sorry, unexpectedly I have to go to Warsaw for work. At least I give way to someone on the waiting list. Have a great brunch and see you again in April.

    March 4, 2013

  • Cathy-Central

    I can't make it now as I am in the UK but Mandie D is hosting... details to be added shortly...

    February 26, 2013

  • Adrian

    Totally interested to join. James Joyce was on my to-read list for a long time : )

    February 22, 2013

  • Emilie

    I already read the book, but I'm going to London for the weekend. Leaves a spot for someone else. Have fun!

    February 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    i would like some more events in the morning

    January 26, 2013

    • Rozemarijn

      I would like more Sunday morning brunches. Any other morning wouldn't work for me, but hey, that's just me.

      January 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I see you're very social

      January 26, 2013

  • Emilie

    Would be great if the bookclub finally forced me to read Ulysses.

    October 21, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    So many ideas: star of the sea, grace notes, fathers music, Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde, Eurekha Street.....

    October 19, 2012

  • Cathy-Central

    Or here?

    October 19, 2012

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Rafaël

We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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