Finnegans Wake

Finnegans Wake

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Having done the longest day in literature with his monumental Ulysses (1922), James Joyce set himself an even greater challenge for his next book -- the night. "A nocturnal state.... That is what I want to convey: what goes on in a dream, during a dream." The work, which would exhaust two decades of his life and the odd resources of some sixty languages, culminated with the 1939 publication of Joyce's final and most revolutionary work, Finnegans Wake.
ISBN: 9780670315383
Branch Call Number: FICTION JOYCE


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Aug 07, 2018

I agree that this book is difficult - maybe the most difficult in the English language (given the amount of argle-bargle language in it, I say that tongue in cheek). It is a dream that took Joyce 20 years to write, full of obscure references and words that had me checking a dictionary. It's best read out loud (so you can understand his puns and words play). Also best read If you have a copy of the book The Skeleton Key (a guide to Finnegans Wake, to explain the plot and all the references). Really a fantastic book. Finishing it is like saying you've climbed the Mt. Everest of literature.

Mar 26, 2017

Unreadable nonsense or an epic/mythic/philosophical/comic masterpiece? Answer to both: yes. If you try to read it as a "regular" novel, it may seem too dense to bother. Or not. If you read it out loud, it transforms into an epic, poetic masterpiece. If you try to analyze it and pick apart its multiple puns, neologisms, and other wordplay, it'll keep you interested for longer than Joyce took to write it. The critique of Anna's letter (which is also the Book of Kells), wordplay in the museum, character sketch of Shem the Penman, and the fate of the Russian general made me laugh out loud (though it took me a while to find the latter); the Mookse and the Gripes, and Yawn at the inquest sequences contain some of the most beguiling dream imagery I've ever encountered in a book. "There's a lot of fun at Finnegan's Wake."

Dec 02, 2014

You have to read it aloud. It helps if you've read earlier Joyce. "A Skeleton Key to Finnegans Wake," by Joseph Campbell and Henry Morton Robinson, helped a lot, too. After I read Finnegans Wake, I found other fiction bland for a long time. Years. It's a masterpiece.

dsbarclay Sep 02, 2014

There's a reason that we needed to invent grammar; it conveys relationships between vocabulary and communicates more meaning than just words.
Even poetry has rhythm, cadence and has intuitive structure however free-form.
I'm just not a fan of stream of consciousness. But if you are, that's great, I envy you.

gdifranco Jul 31, 2014

I made it to page 8 then gave up. I need a story with structure. It was like reading a Dr. Suess novel for adults. Just not what I'm looking for in summer reading.

Aug 27, 2012

I thought this was great fun, especially figuring out all of the little "insider" things about the writing. Like running a reading marathon-and winning! Those who love to read, will love this book. If you are not a word lover, you will despise this book and toss it away after a few lines. If you are a middle of the roader, use Cliff's Notes along with it, or something like that. Not for the faint of heart, definitely, but worth it? MOST DEFINITELY.

Feb 26, 2011

It's sad how even today the ignorant, uneducated literature tourists will complain that they "can't read this book" and give up after a few pages. Amazing how a book so important to language, literature and writing goes largely unappreciated.

Mar 08, 2010

Unreadable rubbish.


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