Have you read James Joyce’s classic book Ulysses? Let me confess I have not. Although I was born and raised in Dublin, the very city in which this epic tale is set, I have not delved into its intelligently humorous pages.
I do own a copy. I stare at the cover on many an occasion, and wonder if this is the day I take the plunge and read the most famous Irish book ever written.
But as of writing this blog post, I have not waded through this world renowned novel, not even the first chapter.
But fear not, help is here. We can all now watch this book on film. Yeah!
Here’s what the folks at Odyssey Pictures are saying about their new film, ‘Bloom’ ….
‘Bloom’ is an award-winning Irish film adaptation of James Joyce’s Ulysses, starring Academy Award® Winner Stephen Rea, Angeline Ball, Hugh O’Conor and Patrick Bergin.
‘Bloom’ has been launched on VOD (Video On Demand), making it available, for the first time, on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon Instant Video.
‘Bloom’ has been hailed as ….
- “Quite Brilliant” by the Sunday Independent,
- “Bawdy, Irreverent, Lyrical” by The Sunday Tribune and
- “Vigorous, Musical and Modern” by The Sunday Times.
Angeline Ball, in particular, earned wide acclaim, winning a Best Actress IFTA for her remarkable portrayal of Molly Bloom, probably the most controversial and complex female character in modern literature.
So, if you’re one of the millions who are curious about Ulysses but never got around to reading the book, ‘Bloom’ is a great place to start unlocking the drama, the humor, and the humanity inside James Joyce’s masterpiece.
Find out more on their website appropriately called Ulysses.
And so I ask myself, why have I not read James Joyce’s Ulysses????
Perhaps I’m intimidated by my lack of classical knowledge, or maybe I fear I might not understand Joyce’s intense humor as he takes the epic heroes of The Odyssey, and turns them into poignant and heartbreaking Dubliners.
Perhaps I’m disheartened knowing I will need to focus fully to understand and appreciate Joyce’s wit and pathos, the novel’s twists and turns, its subtle puns, and varying episodic writing styles and rhythms.
What if I, a Dublin girl, do not understand this book at all, at all? It could well be all over my head …..
Ah well! Thanks to Odyssey Pictures and the talented cast of ‘Bloom’, I am no longer unnerved by the very title “Ulysses.”
Imagine going back in time to meet James Joyce. I wonder how he would react if you told him …
“Actually, Mr. Joyce, I preferred the film.”
Now that’s something Mr. Joyce will never have to worry about. His book is proof of his masterful writing skill.
Congratulations to the producers and director of this film, for not being intimidated by their daunting task of transforming Ulysses into a screen play, and for creating such a critically acclaimed film.
I for one will watch this film very, very soon.
I’d love to hear from you in the comments section, to learn if I you have or have not read Ulysses. Please feel free to add to our discussion of Joyce.
Slán agus beannacht,
(Goodbye and blessings)
Irish American Mom
P.S. Images and stills from the movie ‘Bloom’ were provided by Odyssey Pictures and reproduced on this site with their permission.