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Bloomsday: The Bostoniad

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This tragicomic epic brings to life in America the enduring masterpiece of Homer's "Odyssey" and the Irish saga of Joyce's "Ulysses" in a Father's Day in Boston after the Vietnam War in 1974. This new "Bostoniad" portrays the American immigrant descendants of Leopold and Molly Bloom, and Stephen Dedalus of Dublin. After Tim Finnegan's Irish wake Rudy and Penelope Bloom of ...more
Paperback, 2nd, 352 pages
Published August 11th 2010 by WordsworthGreenwich Press
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Dec 08, 2012 Manny rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who's ever wondered why Ulysses needs to be so goddamn weird
Recommended to Manny by: The author
Nasrudin and the New Qur'an

Nasrudin was at the tea house one day when he heard some idle young students talking about the Qur'an.

"It sounds magnificent, of course," grumbled one, "but half the time you can't even understand it without a commentary."

"It's supposed to respect the Bible," said another, "but Allah often seems to have forgotten about His earlier revelations."

"I don't like its attitude to women," snapped a third.

When Nasrudin got home, he took out his pen and started writing. He retur
Dec 25, 2013 Leonard rated it it was amazing
Bloomsday: The Bostoniad, which pays homage to Homer and James Joyce, is funny and witty. And just plain fun. Professor Thomas Dedalus, the son of Stephen Dedalus and a drunkard, after a discourse on Nietzche, lost his job at Harvard University. At the same time, Rudy Bloom, the son of Leopold and Molly Bloom, lost his job in an advertising firm. In a twist of fate, Thomas took Rudy’s former position. They met in the wake of Tim Finnegan, who woke up after Rudy’s whiskey dripped onto his lips. A ...more
Dec 23, 2011 Paul rated it it was amazing
Shelves: american-novels
This novel was a delight and I didn't want it to end.

It is of course a modern rendering of Homer's Odyssey and Joyce's Ulysses and is set on June 14 1974 in Boston. The characters are descended from the original characters in Ulysses; the central actors are Rudy Bloom and Thomas Dedalus. The links with Joyce's book are striking, but so are the differences. The story flows through a day when Bloom and Dedalus both lose their jobs and Dedalus finds himself being offered Bloom's old job. They meet
Dec 14, 2011 Corey rated it it was amazing
This novel is a wow. With Bloomsday, David Lentz is one fearless and daring author. He not only pays tribute to the Joyce novel from which his title comes, but he toasts the original Homer myth as well. And he does it with a humorous, shrewd, heightened language, like Oscar Wilde on crack. Lentz seems drunk on language—his dialog here sizzles and pops, with puns, allusions, wordplay—but he is not only here to play. There is seriousness behind the amusement, meaning behind the rollicking speech a ...more
Aug 30, 2011 Amy rated it really liked it
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WOW! Just got back from 5 days in the mountains and found I won a book! Thanks First Reads Giveaways!
I just finished this book and found it not to be one of my favorites but, very well written just the same.You get to know and understand the characters and even like them.You are there and spend a couple of days in Boston interacting with them. A lot of dialog which makes the book read smooth and quick. The wake is a shock to everyone involved and the character interaction is understandable and r
Terry Bazes
Nov 16, 2011 Terry Bazes rated it it was amazing
This is an astonishing book. In Bloomsday the magic of David Lentz’s imagination has produced a fictional transmigration of souls, a rebirth of James Joyce’s characters in a modern time and place. Dedalus, Bloom, Haines, Buck Mulligan and others of the original Dublin cast have been reborn in contemporary Boston. Mr. Lentz has accomplished this feat not only with prodigious erudition, but also with a delicate whimsy and an exquisitely chiseled poetic language. For this is a poetic prose of the ...more
Eric Jay Sonnenschein
Sep 19, 2012 Eric Jay Sonnenschein rated it it was amazing
Bloomsday: The Bostoniad by David B. Lentz:
Eternal Recurrence, Adaptation and Improvisation

In David B. Lentz’s novel, Bloomsday, Thomas Daedalus, son of the late Stephen Daedalus and a Harvard philosophy professor, explains the role of Dionysus in Nietsche’s concept of “eternal recurrence” to a class of undergrads. As with most elements in this finely crafted and vibrant novel, “eternal recurrence” is no throwaway, but the tonic theme of Mr.Lentz’s engaging and heart-felt homage to Homer and J
Jacqueline Valencia
Jul 16, 2012 Jacqueline Valencia rated it it was amazing
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Aug 09, 2012 wally rated it really liked it
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first from lentz for me...saw a review of his of...Herzog from Saul Bellow, i think it was...and he wished folk read more of bellow and the like, said something derogatory about Stephen King...said this here is some sort of parody of king...or, here i am

dedicated "to my beloved muse, virginia"

story is divided into three parts:
book 1 awakening
6 chapters
book 2 wandering
9 chapters
book three homecoming
4 chapters

greater boston, friday, june 14-father's day june 16, 1974

has this on a
Sep 18, 2013 Pamela rated it it was ok
I'm always suspicious of writers such as Mr Lentz, who feel the need to rate their own books with 5 stars, and to proudly add them to lists such as 'Most Difficult Novels', as if proximity to Joyce and Eco in a list will add some intellectual merit to their own work. Mr Lentz seems to have intentionally written a book that it is difficult to read, wrongly equating difficulty with intellectual complexity. This of course is not the same as writing a book such as Ulysses, which is 'difficult' not b ...more
Jun 30, 2011 Gary rated it it was amazing
Perhaps the most striking aspect—at least initially—of Bloomsday: The Bostoniad is the decidedly striking parallels to Joyce’s Ulysses. These parallels are, of course, wholly intentional and justified in that Bloomsday is meant to be both a continuation and re-imagination of its predecessor. Clearly, it is a bold undertaking, and admittedly, as someone who admires Joyce and delights in Ulysses, I had my misgivings about such an enterprise. However, to put it plainly, author David B. Lentz pulls ...more
Aug 07, 2011 Kyrsten rated it really liked it
This was an excellent book. Some of the subject matter, though I regret to say, might have gone over my head a bit simply because this is just such a striking read. I definitely would recommend it, but only after you've given the Odyssey a quick review to really indulge in all this book has to offer.

**I won this book in a First-Reads Giveaway. My review is a reflection of my honest opinion and is not influenced by the fact that I got the book for free.
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Born in Woburn, Massachusetts, David B. Lentz graduated from Bates College. He is a member of the Center for Fiction in New York, the Royal Society of Literature in London, the Poetry Society of America, the Academy of American Poets, the Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association, and the Yale Writers' Conference. He has published seven novels: "The Fine Art of Grace", "For the Beauty of the ...more
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“God in His infinite wisdom blessed humans with redundant tongues: one to outfit the mouth for speech. And a mother tongue to give it meaning... Though it wags out such inconceivable beauty, attached to the mother tongue lies one much maligned woman.” 2 likes
“Tim Finnegan’s Wake
by Dr. Thom Dedalus

When God reeled in good auld Tim Finnegan,
And looked into his green Irish peepers,
Said He, “Now, what was I thinkin’?
Poor lad, he ain’t one of the keepers.”

To hell Tim descended without any fear,
To the devil, whom not much is lost on,
Said he, “I’m sure you’ll be comfortable here,
Among all your old friends from South Boston.”

Tim’s jokes night and day caused Satan to swear,
As migraines crept behind blood red eyelids,
“An eternity with you is just too much to bear.
You’re going home to your wife and your nine kids.”

So up pops Tim at his wake from his casket.
“It can’t be,” went a howl from his wife.
When he belched the sea from his own breadbasket,
Said she, “Someone, hand me a knife.”

Now Tim’s fishing off George’s Banks
Catching codfish, haddock and hake.
The happiest folk in town to give thanks,
Is John Hancock for Finnegan’s wake.

Finn’s now a legend among life underwriters,
In Beantown and all over the States.
In him beats the heart of a fighter.
Sad to hear how they increased his rates.

Finn’s tale is best told with a dram of Jameson.
You’re entitled to whatever sense you can make.
Just cause you’re dead, it don’t mean you’re gone.
You may take comfort in Finnegan’s wake.”
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