Having done the longest day in literature with his monumental Ulysses, James Joyce set himself even greater challenges 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... show more
Having done the longest day in literature with his monumental Ulysses, James Joyce set himself even greater challenges 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 in the 1939 publication of Joyce's final and most revolutionary masterpiece, Finnegans Wake. A story with no real beginning or end (it ends in the middle of a sentence and begins in the middle of the same sentence), this "book of Doublends Jined" is as remarkable for its prose as for its circular structure. Written in a fantantic dream language, forged from polyglot puns and portmanteau words, the Wake features some of Joyce's most brilliant inventive work. Sixty years after its original publication, it remains, in Anthony Burgess's words, "a great comic vision, one of the few books of the world that can make us laugh aloud on nearly every page."
Publish date: December 1st 1999
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages no: 628
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, Classic Literature
, Literary Fiction
, 20th Century
, Irish Literature
"We'll meet again, we'll part once more. The spot I'll seek if the hour you'll find. My chart shines high where the blue milk's upset."In “Finnegans Wake” by James JoyceJoyce could really write. “Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man” is exquisite, and “Ulysses” is a masterpiece. I see Joyce as a pr...
Returned unfinished at the library. I only have so much spare time to read at the moment, so when I do, I want to make the most of it and lose myself into a story. There's no story here. I noticed it works best when read aloud and in a certain rythm you will fall into automatically after a short whi...
A sort of triumph, a sort of failure.It's impossible to rate, really, but it's not remotely like anything else in English literature so in that way it's certainly impressive.On one hand it's outrageously pretentious. But even if you want to hate it, there's no denying you can get enormous enjoyment...
Why you will read Finnegans Wake:The short of it is this: have a think about all your greatest achievements, the accomplishments you’re most proud of. What they have in common is hard work and originality. Read Finnegans Wake. Fine, you know what? If you’re even in this review for the short term, ch...
Note that I have a 'better written than Harry Potter shelf'.Praise the lord for Michael Chabon. Note only don't I have to read Joyce, I don't even have to not read him and review him.http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2012/jul/12/what-make-finnegans-wake/