The James Joyce Centre
35 North Great George's Street, Dublin, Ireland
www.jamesjoyce.ie - Dublin 01 878 8547
The James Joyce Centre Dublin Reviews
Iconic man, essential visit Oct 01, 2010
Entrance price - 5 Euros (concessions available for certain adults and children).
Whether you are a fan of literature or not, understanding more about the novelist James Joyce is essential for any visit to Dublin and indeed, any visit to Ireland. I remember reading his novel Dubliners as a teenager, and really used it as a base for my opinions and understanding about the country.
The site is almost like a museum for the novelist. Various pieces relating to the novelist’s life are on display, from glasses and clothing to more unexpected items such as his death mask.
There is this electronic machine there which you can scroll through in order to learn more about Joyce’s timeline and the national events that were happening throughout his lifetime. This is worth a quick glance, and the documentary showing on the top floor is worth watching too. The rest of the site is very clearly laid out an easy to follow.
For hardcore Joyce fans, there is a walking tour which was available on Sundays for a fee. I didn’t go on this, but it apparently takes you through Joyce’s Dublin.
I’m not a literary critic, but I’m bold enough to feel that Joyce must be one of Ireland’s best novelists, and his work has summed up and enriched its culture and sense of national identity. For these reasons alone, it’s worth reading his work and visiting this centre to learn more about him.
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