Bloomsday: A Tragicomedy

Bloomsday: A Tragicomedy

by David B Lentz


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At Tim Finnegan's Irish wake a Boston advertising executive, Rudy Bloom, and Harvard Professor, Dr. Thomas Dedalus meet for the first time.

Bloom's tragically beautiful wife and poetess, Penelope Bloom, is meeting with her rich, handsome publisher, Blaine Boylston, who brazenly covets Penelope.

After a witty dinner party with Harvard scholars, Bloom and Dedalus wander into the brothel of Bella Kirke in Boston's infamous Combat Zone. Afterward, at the Parker House Dedalus shares his battle with alcoholism and Bloom confides a life-threatening ailment.

At home Penelope is tempted by Blaine but vows to remain faithful.

At age 104, Molly Bloom prays in a Dublin church for her lost sons: although neither knows it, Rudy and Thomas are brothers through a common father in deceased Dr. Stephen Dedalus, professor at Trinity College Dublin.

Penelope's monologue on men, sex, love and fidelity is interwoven with ancient Molly Bloom's moving prayer for reunion with her lost sons in America, as the sky brightens on the Father's Day of Bloomsday.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781451579680
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/22/2010
Pages: 138
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.32(d)

About the Author

David Lentz has written a stage adaptation of his novel, "Bloomsday: The Bostoniad," which brings to life in America the enduring epic poem of Homer's "Odyssey" and the rich, Irish saga of James Joyce's "Ulysses."

Set on Father's Day of 1974 on the streets of Boston, the play connects the descendants of Leopold and Molly Bloom, and Stephen Dedalus of Dublin.

Lentz has published six literary novels, which strive to inform the genre with the proposition of innovative, literary styles: "For the Beauty of the Earth", "AmericA, Inc.", "Bloomsday", "Bourbon Street", "The Day Trader" and "The Silver King."

In addition, he has published another stage play, "AmericA, Inc." and a volume of poetry, "Old Greenwich Odes." He is a Member of the Academy of American Poets. His collected works are published as "Essential Lentz."

He has lived in Boston's Back Bay, the Garden District of New Orleans, Houston and Philadelphia's Main Line. Currently, he resides with his family in Greenwich, CT.

Lentz has served as Bates College Alumnus-in-Admissions, Board of Directors of Healing the Children Northeast, Literacy Volunteers of America of Stamford/Greenwich, Volunteer in St. Paul's Chapel at Ground Zero, Midnight Run for New York City Homeless, JazzAid: New Orleans, St. Baldrick's Foundation for Children's Cancer Research, Hope + Heroes Foundation, Wave of Hope for Hurricane Katrina Relief and the Scholar Rescue Fund.

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Marilyn Maro

Bloomsday is a beautiful and provocative story about a seriously ill Bostonian gentleman, Bloom, who has just lost his job and whose marriage many be in jeopardy. At an Irish wake, destiny brings Bloom together with a professor who will play significantly in his soul-searching. Bloomsday combines the human condition with hilarious wit and humor.

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