Sunday, May 18, 2014

The James Joyce Walking Maps

Admit it! You have never read James Joyce's 'Ulysses'. You may have started Joyce's epic novel numerous times but I know that you have never made it through to the end. Traversing through those quarter of a million words is a long hard slog.

What you need is a mapped guide to the novel.

Walking Ulysees is a Google Map that traces the movements of the two main protagonists, Stephen Dedalus and Leopold Bloom, as they negotiate Dublin from early in the morning until they retire early the next morning.

Pick a chapter from the novel and you can view the characters' movements on the map, the notable buildings visited or passed and the relevant passage from the text. At times the text is also supplemented by sound and images from Joyce's Dublin.

Walking Ulysees could be used as a great walking guide to Joyce's Dublin. However if you can't get to Dublin don't despair. Instead use Joyce Walks to create a James Joyce walk for your own neighborhood.

Using Joyce Walks you can generate a walking route for any location in the world based on remapping routes from Ulysses. Joyce Walks provides you with a handy Google Map which shows you the route of your walk and which includes map markers at significant points along the walk with excerpts from Joyce's novel.

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