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16th of June is Bloomsday. It is called Bloomsday because 16th of June (1904) is the day covered by James Joyce’s masterpiece Ulysses. Why Bloom? Well, read the novel, it’s one of the greatest ever written. One short interesting fact: James Joyce’s books follow a strange pattern with his works:
1. Dubliners, 1914, a collection of short-stories about the lives of some characters in Dublin
2. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, 1916, – a novel about the formation years (Bildungsroman) of Stephen Dedalus
3. Ulysses, 1922, a highly complex novel, spanning the timeperiod of just one day (June 16, 1904) in the lives of several characters
4. Finnegans Wake, 1939, timespan: one night!
The larger the works, the smaller the timespan covered. Now this is one curiosity that should have you start reading Joyce right away (if you are not already a great fan). To help you in this regard, ReadFWD brings a gift: an ebook made by us, for you: Dubliners, by James Joyce. Enjoy!