Sunday, June 27, 2010

Ruby Tuesday in Hades #8




Hades,
the reign of the death, and also the name of the place of the dead, is the Greek parable to Irish Glasnevin Cemetery. There Leopold Bloom's attending the funeral of a friend, Dignam.
The very same person, who was introduced in the first chapter as a floating corpse near the Tower in Sandycove.


Leopold Bloom is sharing a carriage with three friends, or acquaintances, among them Simon Dedalus, father of Stephen Dedalus, who again is Leopold Bloom as a young person.
While traveling to the graveyard, they actually pass Stephen Dedalus, who is leaving the tower and his exploiting friends for good. As if this is not complicated enough, Leopold Bloom's father, who committed suicide, hurting his son and leaving the family in ruins, is introduced.
A quadruple mix of father and son relations and deep, devastating problems.

One also, slowly, get under the skin of Leopold Bloom, the outsider and bystander as he is sharing thoughts of love and pain, bewilderment and understanding. About his father he thinks,"They used to drive a stake of wood through his,(the suicide's) heart in the grave. As if it wasn't broken already."
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"Ought to be flowers of sleep. Chinese cemeteries with giant poppies growing produce the best opium Mastiansky told me."(James Joyce)

No wonder Leopold Bloom has need for withdrawal, letting his mind wander about death, resurrection, the life within and outside the church.



"Love among the tombstones.. Romeo. Spice of pleasure. In the midst of death we are in life. Both ends meet."(James Joyce)



Originated by MaryT, check hers for today

23 comments:

Amrita said...

Brilliant photography interwoven with JJ.

Poppies are indeed the flowers of sleep- very symbolic in a cemetary.

I like the way you change the size of your photos.

EG Wow said...

It's interesting to see the photos you have chosen to illustrate Joyce's words. :)

Jada's Gigi said...

That is the cutest little chapel I've ever seen!!
AS for my Norwegian friends..they are true Norwegians...lived in Florida next door to them for a couple of years then they moved home to Norway. Beautiful family. they are visiting the US on a vacation this year.

Jim said...

You told this story so well, Felisol. Did you have to memorize all this in your schooling?
Your pretty pictures fit so very well also.

Happy RT! Thank you for visitng mine. Did you recognize the Abbey Road intersection? Tomorrow we leave for Copenhagen. Blogging will cease or slow way down.
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Ralph said...

were I able to tell a story in this way - excellent writing. I guess that is you and Gunnar in the cemetery, you in a lovely ruby. The red flowers in that rainy sea of gray stand out, and add life in a place where sadness is in great supply. The flowers attempt to add the look and feeling of life - and succeed if only for a little while...

Felisol said...

Dear Jim,
This is my first time reading the Ulysses.
Leora from NY challenged me to blog while reading.
I'm doing so.
It's a quite new experience. I have to read each chapter twice, and often listen to it on i-pod as well.
Then I have to search through my own photo-album to find suitable pictures. I am ashamed over the low quality of lots of my cell phone pix.

Serina is leaving for Denmark on Wednesday, to attend a rock festival. Please say hello and a prayer for her from me.
I'm expecting great pictures from St. Petersburg.

Terry said...

that is one beautiful red poppy felisol!
the dew drops just make it so real looking!
our neighbour lady put a few plants of them in our garden and they are just starting to blossom and they are red!
how DO you change the size of your pictures anyway felisol?
happy ruby tuesday...love terry

Manang Kim said...

Fantastic photos, like it very much!


RT~Fiesta Hollyhock

Felisol said...

Dear Terry,
when I had dear Miss Apron I explained after best ability how to change a picture on html level.
If you look up on the Scarf Sisters, the recipe is there.
If it doesn't work for you, I just have to call on Gunnar to explain it better.

chubskulit said...

Gorgeous shots!

Ruby Tuesday

Terry said...

yes i did read that felisol but it was all latin to me.
i will have to apply myself and read it more carefully because i have always admired the different sizes that you make your photos and it looks like amrita does too!
love terry

Life Ramblings said...

nice rubies especially the giant poppy with the combination of dew drops.

Leora said...

You have a lot of patience for Ulysses. I will read the book soon (it sits on my shelf, as it has for 16 or so years).

I am reading a book called Man in the Sharkskin Suit. It's intriguing, sad, and fascinating. About a family who must move out of Cairo, a city that they love but has changed.

Kim Kasch said...

Love that first shot and the last. :)

Greyscale Territory said...

Love the flow of photos as you tell the tale! Especially love the little white church and the image of the red jacketed woman with the umbrella wandering there! Quite haunting!

Ivon said...

Hello Felisol, My wife and I love your posts and the stories you tell and the pictures you share. Hades is one place I do not wish to visit, but Norway is on my 100 Things to Do List. Take care young lady.

Robin said...

What beautiful photos - how did you get them so large?

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HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Poppies....opium? Whoa.

That 1st nighttime photo is so neat.

My Tuesday Post

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

six withered apples
melting into moldy sauce
renewing the soil

Ruby Phone Box

nonizamboni said...

Wonderfully clever post! great quotes and interesting of red in your photos.

Marice said...

these are beautiful photos! esp the first one. all are perfect for RT!

u may view mine too here

Annie said...

Hi Elise. What a fabulous line up of pretty Rubies. I especially like the couple walking towards the small white church.

Kris said...

Woow. Your posts are always so great and you have sooo many lovely pictures! Amazing.