This tragicomic epic brings to life in America the enduring masterpiece of Homer’s “Odyssey” and the Irish saga of Joyce’s “Ulysses” on 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 Beacon Hill meet Harvard Professor, Dr. Thomas Dedalus. “Bloomsday” narrates in a pixilist style a chorus of New England voices blending to render new verses of the greatest epic of antiquity and the 20th century’s most celebrated literary novel on the legendary wandering home of Odysseus after the fall of Troy.
“Bloomsday: The Bostoniad” was read for a Pulitzer Prize in Letters but did not short-list.
“This is an astonishing book… 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 first order –- lyrical and learned, but brought down to earth by the real particulars of modern life and enlivened by punning, rapid-fire repartee… But here’s the crux of the matter: this is a major work by a major writer and sophisticated readers will relish it… A masterpiece.”– Terry Richard Bazes, Novelist
“This novel is a wow… with a humorous, shrewd, heightened language, like Oscar Wilde on crack. At times the novel reminded me of the best of J. P. Donleavy… I am a little in awe of what Lentz attempted here — and accomplished! This is a grand achievement.” – Corey Mesler, Author of “Following Richard Brautigan”
“This novel was a delight and I didn’t want it to end. ‘Ulysses’ is a masterpiece, but I enjoyed reading this book much more than ‘Ulysses’… I grew to like the characters, to care about them and it was their plain humanity that I loved… A literary masterpiece… Laugh out loud comic moments, moments of touching tenderness and the language is a delight. You must read it.” — Paul Raymond Smith, Goodreads
“A highly entertaining book that can be enjoyed simply on the merits of Lentz’s remarkable command of the language and his ability to turn a phrase.” – Gary Anderson, Author of “Animal Magnet: A Novel”
“Lentz’s approach to writing is soul driven.” – The Weston Forum
“A curious, appealing novel… picaresque and picturesque, ‘Bloomsday’ succeeds… The dialogue is masterful. It will have you smiling.” – Times Chronicle
“Lentz intended ‘Bloomsday’ to challenge readers seeking a richer literary experience outside the mainstream, as Joyce did.” – The Greenwich Post
“His pixilism is a sort of 21st century, digital metaphor that has similarities to French Impressionist paintings.” – The Redding Pilot
“Lentz especially likes to explore how creative people survive and contribute in a large and often impersonal environment.” – New Canaan Advertiser
“I’m sitting in my kitchen transfixed! It is hilarious… It’s so good, I hate to have it end… Totally delicious.” – Agnes Potter
By: David B. Lentz
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