The Beauties and Furies by Christina Stead: Paris ‘the city of night’

The Beauties and Furies by Christina Stead: Paris ‘the city of night.’ The Beauties and Furies (1936) is set in Paris over the period of one year: 1934. But this is no lightweight romantic story. It is a challenging, complex novel in the vein of Virginia Woolf, reminding me of the magnificence of Stead’s writing.Continue reading “The Beauties and Furies by Christina Stead: Paris ‘the city of night’”

The Musée d’Orsay – the Orsay Museum, Paris

The Musée d’Orsay – the Orsay Museum, Paris. On the river Seine in Paris stands the Musée d’Orsay – the Orsay Museum. When James Joyce lived in Paris in the 1920s and 1930s, the building was not a museum. Instead, the building was the Gare d’Orsay – the Orsay railway station. The trains from GareContinue reading “The Musée d’Orsay – the Orsay Museum, Paris”

Gladiators and lions in the Arene de Lutece—the Lutece Arena, Paris

Gladiators and lions in the Arene de Lutece—the Lutece Arena, Paris. Today I am looking for the gladiator. I know I will not find the Roman gladiator, but I will find the place where he fought so long ago in the city of Paris. The ruins of the Arene de Lutece—the Lutece Arena—are still thereContinue reading “Gladiators and lions in the Arene de Lutece—the Lutece Arena, Paris”

The Notre-Dame Cathedral and the Madeleine Church in Paris

The Notre-Dame Cathedral and the Madeleine Church in Paris. Today I am comparing the architectural features of the Notre-Dame Cathedral with the Church of the Saint Mary Magdalene, generally known as the Madeline Church, in Paris.  This is what James Joyce was doing when he was in Paris. His Irish friend Arthur Power visited JoyceContinue reading “The Notre-Dame Cathedral and the Madeleine Church in Paris”

Boulevard Saint-Michel and the Cluny Museum

Boulevard Saint-Michel and the Cluny Museum. Today I am looking for the distinctive spirit of the Middle Ages right in Paris. In Paris, James Joyce could conjure up medieval times, and their links to Dublin, as a conversation with his friend Arthur Power shows: “To my mind the Boulevard St Michel is one of theContinue reading “Boulevard Saint-Michel and the Cluny Museum”