A Little Circle of Kindred Minds: Joyce in Paris is a commendable introduction to the cultural scene and, most importantly, to the now virtually mythical stories that have been told about these modernist artists. Although not always exact as literary history, the stories are told with a contagious passion.
A Dubliner and former editor with RTÉ, Fennell has an enthusiasm for Joyce and other Irish writers in Paris that is apparent on every page. The anecdotal sketches are a pleasure to see recounted again and should encourage readers to pursue the memoirs and biographies that form the foundation of Fennell’s book. One could quibble with some of the facts, as well as with the generalisations and summary statements, but that would be to miss the point of the book, which is a broad exploration of some of the characters that helped make Paris “the centre of English-language Modernism”.
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July 16, 2011 – 11:34 pm
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June 14, 2011 – 8:10 pm
The launch of A Little Circle Of Kindred Minds: Joyce In Paris took place on 13 June in the Irish Writers’ Centre on Parnell Square. It was a blast. We sold out of the book, the weather was smashing and the guests seemed to enjoy themselves.
Both the invited guest, Professor Declan Kiberd, and the author, Conor Fennell, gave excellent talks that inspired laughter and contemplation in equal measure.
All told, it was about the most perfect launch for Green Lamp Editions I could have hoped for. Thanks to everyone who has helped me get to this point, it has been a really excellent journey.
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