Preparing is Half the Fun

Dearest Dubliners,

Are you too looking forward to visiting Dublin, so very very much? Then you might also be wondering what to do with the remaining two weeks until our departure for the City of Literature. In order to prepare for all the exciting things we will encounter on our path it is a good idea to explore Ireland’s rich literary tradition. You might enjoy reading the work of poets like W. B. Yeats, Ezra Pound, or T. S. Eliot. If you are interested in modernist literature, Samuel Beckett might be what you are looking for, and if novels are your cup of tea do open one of James Joyce’s masterpieces and learn a thing or two about his view on Dublin. This is also the right time to acquaint yourself with Oscar Wilde, both his poetry and prose: the Picture of Dorian Gray is a good read indeed.

If you feel like the weather is too hot to lift your arm whilst flipping pages you can opt for films about Irish culture and history. Watching films helps to refresh your knowledge about Irish history, especially episodes like the Irish Uprisings and Bloody Sunday, as depicted in Paul Greengrass’s film Bloody Sunday (2002). A must-see for fans of animation films is the beautiful The Secret of Kells (2009), directed by Tom Moore. This gem tells about the book of Kells, one of Ireland’s most precious treasures, which is presently kept in the library of Trinity College, which we will be visiting.

have fun preparing!

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(Still from The Secret of Kells)

Suggestions

Bram Stoker – Dracula

Dubliners, Finnegans Wake, Ulysses – James Joyce

Waiting for Godot – Samuel Beckett

The Sea – John Banville

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne

The Waste Land – T. S. Eliot

Angela’s Ashes – Frank McCourt

Bloody Sunday (2002) – Paul Greengrass

The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006) – Ken Loach

The Secret of Kells (2009) – Tom Moore

 

 

 

 

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