I’m doing the A to Z Challenge in April, using the theme of the UK & Ireland. For the letter D, I’m looking at the books that I most enjoyed before, during, and after our trip to Ireland, including several days in Dublin.
Dublin is human-scaled. The buildings are low, the streets are wide, and everything on a tourist’s list is within walking distance. At the tops of hills or buildings, you get a grand vista over the city, more like a landscape than a skyline.
Because of that human scale, Dublin is well-represented by its literature. These are the books that really helped me inhabit the landscape when I visited Dublin in 2012:
- Ireland Awakening by Edward Rutherfurd
- Dubliners by James Joyce and annotated by John Wyse Jackson and Bernard McGinley
- The Insurrection in Dublin by James Stephens
I enjoyed a re-visit to Dublin on the page a few years later in a fun magical realism book: Reluctantly Charmed by Ellie O’Neill.
I still want to read Rutherfurd’s earlier book, Dublin.
I suppose I should read Joyce’s Ulysses some day. I’m completely intimidated by it. Does anyone know of an annotated edition that might make that easier for me?
What other books do you recommend for armchair travelers in Dublin?