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Finnegans Wake

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'And low, stole o'er the stillness the heartbeats of sleep' In Chapelizod, a suburb of Dublin, an innkeeper and his family are sleeping. Around ... Show synopsis

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  • Finnegans Wake (Wordsworth Editions Ltd) – Mass-market paperback (2012)
    by James Joyce, Len Platt (Introduction by), Dr. Keith Carabine (Series edited by)

    Finnegans Wake

    Mass-market paperback, Wordsworth Editions Ltd
    2012
    656 pages

    ISBN: 1840226617
    ISBN-13: 9781840226614

    Finnegans Wake is the book of Here Comes Everybody and Anna Livia Plurabelle and their family - their book, but in a curious way the book of us all as well as all our books. Joyce's last great work, it is not comprised of many borrowed styles, like Ulysses, but, rather, formulated as one dense, tongue-twisting soundscape. This 'language' is based on English vocabulary and syntax but, at the same time, self-consciously designed to function as a pun machine with an astonishing capacity for resisting singularity of meaning. ... Show more

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Reviews of Finnegans Wake

Overall customer rating: 5.000
jack j

Off the map, right on target...

by jack j on Aug 12, 2010

"The most unintelligible [writing] that anyone can understand," is a "wake-up call" to anyone interested in western culture, and/or entertained by deeply resounding wordplay, let alone pleased and astounded, reassured and frightened by the epiphanies and puzzles that arise out of dream fragments. FW is psychedelics out of a book - keep the bottle on your shelf. An alternate title might have been "My, My, My, What a Wonderful Fall." It helps to read the narrative aloud, as phrases tumble into rhythms that conjure meaning on the second or third bounce, not unlike nursery rhymes that even with the words changed are still recognizable for their cadence. Beyond the sounds and stories you will endure, there is history, speculation, editorial comment, and alternate takes, intermingled in a kaleidoscopic tumbling that leaves the reader literally breathless. Excerpt any passage, I challenge you, and perform it along with a light show, a soundscape, a chance choreography, and the collage will meld together better than the sum of its parts. FW is a handbook for the study of the brain as art. Thank you, Sean the Penman.

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Maggy

Difficult, but Worth the Effort

by Maggy on Oct 21, 2007

Have you ever had a dream where you can remember the main idea, but you just can't remember the details? This novel is exactly like that. It's darn tough to read, but if you can get over the circular structure, foreign languages, Joyce-isms, and apparent indecipherability, you'll like it. If you need to understand every single thing in a book, don't read this; only James Joyce fully knows what every single detail signifies. The main idea: a dream, or a representation of nighttime.

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Nancie taylor

Finnegans wake

Ive never read thei work however I will be buying my copy from Julie's I recently purchased a copy of Time Remembered by Miss Read an author my mother loved. I just can't get over the smell of a used/loved/read book. I know another American off the rails.

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