Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

Finnegans Wake

By James Joyce

  • Release Date: 2014-10-10
  • Genre: Classics
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Description

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."

Reviews

  • Took a long time to read.

    5
    By Ldenisio
    The iPhone format made this book far more readable than my old hardcover. The humorous content is much more interesting on the second read and greater insight on the inner workings of "the white dog mindset" as witnessed and recorded so tediously brilliant by Joyce has altered my consciousness for sure. As crazy as our present day media circus is, Finnegan's Wake reflects the whack-jack state of the world he lived in with many a pungent jibe still pertinent today.

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