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Re: Happy Birthday to the master

#21  Postby Animavore » May 07, 2014 10:20 pm

Dublin people sounded quite different back then. They don't look any different though.
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Re: Happy Birthday to the master

#22  Postby orpheus » May 07, 2014 10:57 pm

SafeAsMilk wrote:
Animavore wrote:I don't feel like much of an insider with my liking of Joyce. In many parts I'm not entirely sure what is being alluded to. I just like how the words roll and the images they evoke.

Same here. FW was definitely meant to be read aloud.



God, what I wouldn't give to have a recording of him reading the whole thing.


Isn't that wonderful? Even that small bit of Anna Livia Plurabelle is so magical when read in his voice, with his cadence, his pacing. It's only a few short minutes long, but for years I've counted it as one of my desert island discs.
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Re: Happy Birthday to the master

#23  Postby SafeAsMilk » May 07, 2014 11:13 pm

I found another reading of the whole book awhile ago, but it sounded way too rushed to me. Needs to sound like you're falling into a dream.
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Re: Happy Birthday to the master

#24  Postby Animavore » May 07, 2014 11:28 pm

SafeAsMilk wrote:I found another reading of the whole book awhile ago, but it sounded way too rushed to me. Needs to sound like you're falling into a dream.


Yeah. Or like you're end of the night drunk.
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Re: Happy Birthday to the master

#25  Postby orpheus » May 08, 2014 12:02 am

Animavore wrote:
SafeAsMilk wrote:I found another reading of the whole book awhile ago, but it sounded way too rushed to me. Needs to sound like you're falling into a dream.


Yeah. Or like you're end of the night drunk.


Indeed! :toast:

SAM, the recording of the whole book - that wasn't JJ reading, was it?
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Re: Happy Birthday to the master

#26  Postby Animavore » May 08, 2014 1:20 am

Can you two actually understand what he's saying without having the book in front of you?
I'm used to that type of accent and I struggle to understand in places.
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Re: Happy Birthday to the master

#27  Postby orpheus » May 08, 2014 3:15 am

Animavore wrote:Can you two actually understand what he's saying without having the book in front of you?
I'm used to that type of accent and I struggle to understand in places.


No, I need the book. Especially because so many of the words were invented by him or are subtle variants of ordinary words. But every once in a while I like to listen to it without the book - just to hear the music in his voice, the rhythm and flow of the language. (I've also read that section so many times I have it pretty clearly in my mind.)
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Re: Happy Birthday to the master

#28  Postby SafeAsMilk » May 08, 2014 3:54 am

Animavore wrote:
SafeAsMilk wrote:I found another reading of the whole book awhile ago, but it sounded way too rushed to me. Needs to sound like you're falling into a dream.


Yeah. Or like you're end of the night drunk.

That too :drunk:
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SAM, the recording of the whole book - that wasn't JJ reading, was it?

Just looked it up, it's some guy named Patrick Healy. Here's the whole shebang: http://ubu.com/sound/joyce_fw.html

I'd be curious to hear what you think, I couldn't stand it.

Animavore wrote:Can you two actually understand what he's saying without having the book in front of you?
I'm used to that type of accent and I struggle to understand in places.

Apparently he was trying to sound like "the brogue of an Irish washer woman." I can only understand words here and there, but I have basically the same experience with reading it so that doesn't bother me too much. Just the sound is magic.
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Re: Happy Birthday to the master

#29  Postby Made of Stars » May 09, 2014 8:55 am

Happy birthday, JJ Abrams. :cheers:




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Re: Happy Birthday to the master

#30  Postby Animavore » May 09, 2014 11:23 am

SafeAsMilk wrote:
Just looked it up, it's some guy named Patrick Healy. Here's the whole shebang: http://ubu.com/sound/joyce_fw.html

I'd be curious to hear what you think, I couldn't stand it.



He reads like an Irish horse racing commentator.

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