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review 2018-08-18 16:50
Causabon's Key To All Mythologies with Guinness and Opera: “Finnegans Wake” by James Joyce
Finnegans Wake - James Joyce

"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 Joyce

Joyce could really write. “Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man” is exquisite, and “Ulysses” is a masterpiece. I see Joyce as a product of his 'modernist' era, certainly, but a sincere one. He was reaching for something, a kind of synthesis of prose and poetry that came close to the true language of the mind. It's remarkable how much of Finnegans Wake is comprehensible, in spite of the fact that Joyce's words don't actually exist; we know what he means, or we can guess at it, which would be impossible if it was just gibberish. 



If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

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review 2014-09-10 00:00
Finnegans wake (gouden reeks)
Finnegans wake (gouden reeks) - James Joyce,Erik Bindervoet,Robbert-Jan Henkes 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 while. Nevertheless, then you still won't have a bloody clue what it's about. I hope to give this one another try in the distant future, with one of the 'decoding' books next to it.
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url 2014-03-28 05:24
Finnegans Wake - in pictures

Look I feel pretty conflicted about Finnegans Wake because some of the snarling I see about what a wankfest it is strikes me as that faux populist garbage. On the other hand, Finnegans Wake is basically 3 million multi-lingual puns, and if there's anything worse than a pun, it's a pun that requires the knowledge of three dead languages. (Also, some of the Finnegans enthusiasts are using Joyce as a codpiece, and that is as awkward to watch as it is uncomfortable. That's not really Joyce's fault though.) 


Anyway, now with pictures! I approve. 

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url 2014-03-05 20:58
12 Books That End Mid-Sentence
The Castle - Ritchie Robertson,Anthea Bell
Dead Souls (Everyman's Library, #280) - Nikolai Gogol,Larissa Volokhonsky,Richard Pevear
The Broom of the System - David Foster Wallace,Duke Riley
A Sentimental Journey (Penguin Classics) - Laurence Sterne
Gravity's Rainbow - Thomas Pynchon
Shadow Country - Peter Matthiessen
Malone Dies - Samuel Beckett
The Long Division - Derek Nikitas
Everything Is Illuminated - Jonathan Safran Foer
Finnegans Wake - James Joyce

The ending of Kafka's The Castle


She held out her trembling hand to K. and had him sit down beside her, she spoke with great difficulty, it was difficult to understand her, but what she said


That's just one of twelve books in this Publisher's Weekly blog post about novels that end in the middle of a sentence. The reasons for each abrupt ending are given, but Kafka has the best excuse--he died. 


The books are the nine above and these three below:






Source: jaylia3.booklikes.com/post/813712/12-books-that-end-mid-sentence
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review 2012-09-09 00:00
A Reader's Guide to Finnegans Wake (Irish Studies) - William York Tindall Pretty decent, wouldn't have understood any of the references on my own. A bit repetitive at times, though (leave Mrs Bloom's Yes alone! It is what it is.) Gonna try out A Skeleton Key to Finnegans Wake: James Joyce's Masterwork Revealed too :-)
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