Read Lotus Eaters
The fifth episode, “Lotus Eaters,” takes us out into the street of Dublin for good this time—we won’t return to 7 Eccles Street until the penultimate “Ithaca” chapter now—with Mr. Leopold Bloom. The episode features multiple images of drugs, soporific compounds, and opiates galore (including religion). It introduces us to Bloom’s chaste epistolary affair with Martha, and much punning as well on his name—Bloom, flower, and so forth. First timers, watch for the role Bloom plays as a latter-day prophet, casting bread upon the waters and emulating a profane infant Moses in the final paragraphs.
Associate Professor | English | U. of Victoria