Finnegans Wake

Finnegans Wake Finnegans Wake is the most bookish of all books John Bishop has described it as the single most intentionally crafted literary artefact that our culture has produced In its original format however t

  • Title: Finnegans Wake
  • Author: James Joyce
  • ISBN: 9780571217359
  • Page: 330
  • Format: Paperback
  • Finnegans Wake is the most bookish of all books John Bishop has described it as the single most intentionally crafted literary artefact that our culture has produced In its original format, however, the book has been beset by numerous imperfections occasioned by the confusion of its seventeen year composition Only today, by restoring to our view the author s intentionFinnegans Wake is the most bookish of all books John Bishop has described it as the single most intentionally crafted literary artefact that our culture has produced In its original format, however, the book has been beset by numerous imperfections occasioned by the confusion of its seventeen year composition Only today, by restoring to our view the author s intentions in a physical book designed, printed and bound to the highest standards of the printers art, can the editors reveal in true detail James Joyce s fourth, and last, masterwork.This edition is the summation of thirty years intense engagement by textual scholars Danis Rose and John O Hanlon verifying, codifying, collating and clarifying the 20,000 pages of notes, drafts, typescripts and proofs comprising James Joyce s litters from aloft, like a waast wizzard all of whirlwords fw2, 14.16 17 The new reading text of Finnegans Wake, typographically re set for the first time in its publishing history, incorporates some 9000 minor yet crucial corrections and amendments, covering punctuation marks, font choice, spacing, misspellings, misplaced phrases and ruptured syntax Although individually minor, these changes are nonetheless crucial in that they facilitate a smooth reading of the book s allusive density and essential fabric.

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  • James Joyce

    James Joyce, Irish novelist, noted for his experimental use of language in such works as Ulysses 1922 and Finnegans Wake 1939 Joyce s technical innovations in the art of the novel include an extensive use of interior monologue he used a complex network of symbolic parallels drawn from the mythology, history, and literature, and created a unique language of invented words, puns, and allusions James Joyce was born in Dublin, on February 2, 1882, as the son of John Stanislaus Joyce, an impoverished gentleman, who had failed in a distillery business and tried all kinds of professions, including politics and tax collecting Joyce s mother, Mary Jane Murray, was ten years younger than her husband She was an accomplished pianist, whose life was dominated by the Roman Catholic Church In spite of their poverty, the family struggled to maintain a solid middle class facade.From the age of six Joyce, was educated by Jesuits at Clongowes Wood College, at Clane, and then at Belvedere College in Dublin 1893 97 In 1898 he entered the University College, Dublin Joyce s first publication was an essay on Ibsen s play When We Dead Awaken It appeared in the Fortnightly Review in 1900 At this time he also began writing lyric poems.After graduation in 1902 the twenty year old Joyce went to Paris, where he worked as a journalist, teacher and in other occupations under difficult financial conditions He spent a year in France, returning when a telegram arrived saying his mother was dying Not long after her death, Joyce was traveling again He left Dublin in 1904 with Nora Barnacle, a chambermaid who he married in 1931 Joyce published Dubliners in 1914, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man in 1916, a play Exiles in 1918 and Ulysses in 1922 In 1907 Joyce had published a collection of poems, Chamber Music.At the outset of the First World War, Joyce moved with his family to Z rich In Z rich Joyce started to develop the early chapters of Ulysses, which was first published in France because of censorship troubles in the Great Britain and the United States, where the book became legally available only in 1933 In March 1923 Joyce started in Paris his second major work, Finnegans Wake, suffering at the same time chronic eye troubles caused by glaucoma The first segment of the novel appeared in Ford Madox Ford s transatlantic review in April 1924, as part of what Joyce called Work in Progress The final version was published in 1939.Some critics considered the work a masterpiece, though many readers found it incomprehensible After the fall of France in WWII, Joyce returned to Z rich, where he died on January 13, 1941, still disappointed with the reception of Finnegans Wake.


  • Let me explain the five-star rating. When I was teenager I was ludicrously shy. I was the son and heir of a shyness that was criminally vulgar. My all-conquering shyness kept Morrissey in gold-plated ormolu swans for eight years. Any contact with human beings made me mumble in horror and scuttle off to lurk in dark corners. But I developed this automatic writing technique in school to ease my mounting stress whenever teachers were poaching victims to answer questions, perform presentations or ge [...]

  • Inextricable, inexpugnable, intraducible, interminable, indescifrable, ilegible, insufrible, inabarcable, inescrutable, insostenible, inaccesible, impenetrable, impredecible, inalcanzable, inasequible, incomprensible, incongruente, intimidante, inaceptable, intragable, insoportable, invulnerable, indefinible, inexplicable, imposible.Estos son algunos de los adjetivos calificativos que podrían aplicarse perfectamente a este obra de arte colosal. Si con Ulises James Joyce había llegado al límit [...]

  • Finnegans Wake is Joyce’s masterpiece, the culmination of his life’s work, the apex of his art, the tremendous final achievement of the 20th century’s greatest prose stylist. To ignore Joyce’s masterpiece is to miss out on one of a handful of great events in literary history. Dubliners anticipated A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, A Portrait of the Artist… anticipated Ulysses, Ulysses anticipated Finnegans Wake. Joyce’s individual works are particularly momentous set side by s [...]

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  • "Wipe your glosses with what you know."I tend never to retread the same book twice. I finish a novel or a book, digest it, then move on. Having just finished 'Finnegans Wake' I'm not sure that approach is even possible. This is a book that is simply impossible to really finish. Yes, I read from the beginning to end. Yes, I listened to it while reading. Yes, I spoke sentences out loud. Yes, I shouted words. Yes, I underlined phrases that tickled and rhymes that ringed. But, I feel like I've scrat [...]

  • Looks daunting, unintelligible and incomprehensible at first. However, read it aloud and with open mind and the meaning might come down on you. I said "might" because no matter how much thinking I put on some of the paragraphs or lines, some meanings seemed so obscure and I had no choice but to let them stay that way.Still I found this book amazing. It is one of its kind. What amazed me really was its play of words. Unmatched. Never seen before. Close to it so far is Anthony Burgess's Clockwork [...]

  • This is not a fair score, I'll admit it right up front. This book affirms my reasoning for reading the first few pages of a book before buying it. This I bought because I've been trying to read more classics, but my experience has shown me that classics shouldn't be exempted from the first few page practice.Here's the second paragraph of the book:"Sir Tristram, violer d'amores, fr'over the short sea, had passen-core rearrived from North Armorica on this side the scraggy isthmus of Europe Minor t [...]

  • I take no shame in admitting that I cannot read this book. I was defeated after three paragraphs:"What clashes here of wills gen wonts, oystrygods gaggin fishy-gods! Brékkek Kékkek Kékkek Kékkek! Kóax Kóax Kóax! Ualu Ualu Ualu! Quaouauh! Where the Baddelaries partisans are still out to mathmaster Malachus Micgranes and the Verdons cata-pelting the camibalistics out of the Whoyteboyce of Hoodie Head. Assiegates and boomeringstroms. Sod’s brood, be me fear! Sanglorians, save! Arms apeal w [...]

  • The easiest book in the world seriously. With scholars unable to ever reach consensus on what the book is or how it should be read or even if it actually has value, you can simply ignore them. Your opinions are just as valid. Add to this the wads of cultural ephemera that Joyce has packed the book with and you find yourself in the rare position to occasionally be BETTER qualified to interpret parts of the text than academics.Try this, get some friends together, pop the cork on a few bottles of w [...]

  • Prelured to a Nocturnal Pleasure"It isn't a matter of submitting uncritically to a difficult work; it's about trusting that the artist knows what he/she is doing, even if you don't apprehend it right away. Just keep reading: even the most difficult novel will eventually make some sense, and if you realise you've missed things, you can always go back for a second try if still curiousme people like a challengeme people are open to new, initially puzzling experiences": Steven MooreThirst Daft from [...]

  • The other day we saw The Ghost, the rather fine new movie by Polanski. Ewan McGregor plays a ghostwriter, who's been brought in to fix up the memoirs of a British ex-Prime Minister who absolutely isn't Tony Blair. He's given the manuscript, and groans in pain."That bad?" asks the woman who isn't Cherie Blair."Well it's got all the words," says McGregor. "They're just not in the right order."This suggested to me the following simple experiment with Finnegans Wake, one of the greatest etc etc in t [...]

  • Was bin you? :: Ein luger ; faelscher ; Father of ; flibber flabber ; Miss MacLeader ; desimulate ; hazug ; trick a her stir ; leogere ; false wit ; phonitical ; cheet a puma ; con ; equal vadar ; story hearer ; promotorcross ; mensoganto ; rascal ; hṛṣi ; hyper cryter ; Hair Pseudo ; mwongo ; path and logical ; dish o nest and storter ; libel and label ; not a squarestraight shooter ; counterfèting ; defamé ; calumniacator ; ;Porce? Vava Varoom? Howso? :: I say I confirm I assert I am tru [...]

  • Stealing an idea from Manny's review, here's part of the (British) Highway Code if it was written by James Joyce any time during the last 17 years of his life. This is the section called ROAD SIGNALSSwarn and inform other roadusers aminxt that nombre of evelings, including pedestrigirls and jumbleboys (see 'and twinglings of twitchbells in rondel’ section twoozle para fleeph), of your inbended actions. You should have a kelchy chose and clayblade and at all times make prayses to the three of c [...]

  • Many people find this book perplexing, but I find it’s something like a magic hat crossed with a hall of mirrors. You can pull almost anything out of it, but usually you'll get a twisted reflection of your own ideas, obsessions, or hidden fantasies. Perhaps that's the cause for perplexion, but I think its good to dig all that stuff up. I love this book for its tangled etymologies, and the way these pieces of words delve so deeply into a common mystical, lingual history that spans nations and c [...]

  • 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, chances are you won’t read it. If anyone’s still interested, please let me convince you further.Michael Chabon, Pulitzer-prize winning author, wrote a big article for The New York Review of Book [...]

  • Everybody knows the plot of Finnegans Wake. Rich, old man Finnegan has died, leaving behind no will and no direct heirs. A riotous comedy of errors ensues at his wake (an open-casket affair), where his extended family and business associates (a collection of colourful, conniving characters to say the least), vie for supremacy, each one plotting and scheming to inherit Finnegan’s vast business empire and considerable real estate portfolio, which features amongst numerous holdings the grand and [...]

  • "Tim Finnegan’s Wake" by David B. LentzWhen God reeled in good auld Tim Finnegan, And looked into his green Irish peepers,Said He, “Now, what was I thinkin’? Poor lad, he ain’t one of the keepers.”To hell Tim descended without any fear, To the devil, whom not much is lost on,Said he, “I’m sure you’ll be comfortable here, Among all your old friends from South Boston.”Tim’s jokes night and day caused Satan to swear, As migraines crept behind blood red eyelids,“An eternity wit [...]

  • 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 from going through some of the passages here. A sentence can be read in as much detail as some entire books. You can reread the whole thing and it'll be completely different. Some bits are very funny, [...]

  • In What Is Art? Tolstoy unleashes criticism on all things artistic, sparing no one. His main argument is that art--whether literature, paintings, music, or drama--should be accessible to everyone. He says anything that the common man cannot understand or that does not represent the common man is actually a form of war on the common man. All art must teach; all art must be accessible; all art must tell the common man's story. Else, it is not art but an elitist manipulation--a dangerous one, at th [...]

  • Our Wake Reading Group, which is full of all sorts of helpful odds 'n sods: /group/show/ Ay Hell[p]-full Qwroat from Jamesy"[A]nyone who reads the history of the three centuries that precede the coming of the English must have a strong stomach, because the internecine strife, and the conflicts with the Danes and the Norwegians, the black foreigners and the white foreigners, as they were called, follow each other so continuously and ferociously that they make this entire era a veritable slaughter [...]

  • Did I finish reading The Restored Finnegans Wake? Nope. I read this one. Am I going to finish The Restored Finnegans Wake? Yep. I pick up the Wake at odd moments invisibly lapsing between other moments, and flip to random pages, and one would be surprised how detailed one's recollections can be of specific passages within this vortext. This thing only grows and expands and whirls about its own gyre, creating itself always while I look away, for weeks at a time it sits there generating itself sil [...]

  • Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested: that is, some books are to be read only in parts, others to be read, but not curiously, and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention.Sir Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)Fifth time through! The date is set to the date I read the final word "the". This was in a "slow read" book club.This is my favorite book of all time. Admittedly it is challenging, but what it does is simply unique in all o [...]

  • Major life admission: I've never actually finished this book. Let me explain.I first came across Joyce in the spring of 1996. When "Araby" was assigned for an evening's BritLit homework, I was fifteen and still playing Final Fantasy Legend on my Gameboy from that Christmas ; up until that MARTA ride home, The Catcher in the Rye had seemed the most meaningful and personally evocative thing around. The last line almost blinded me:Gazing up into the darkness I saw myself as a creature driven and de [...]

  • Αυτό το χαοτικά ονειρικά βιβλίο,μάλλον έπος,δεν διαβάζεται στο κρεβάτι.Σε θέλει ξύπνιο (ή πιο σωστά) ξάγρυπνο.Προκλητικό,ειρωνικό,με στοιχεία πρόζας,και συχνά (στο μεγαλύτερο μέρος του δηλαδή) δεν βγάζει νόημα.Δεν μπαίνει σε καλούπια,σε αφήνει να το ερμηνεύσεις όπως θες.Και [...]

  • -- "He spillyspilled the javagroundsdowndown down on the dillyportportmanteau dallyrig and spiedeyed the bigbuggered werdybirdys tome and glazed himself cataractous and craniallyabled himself away along the ruttedroad to the pubbubbly where Evesapples temptation restor'd his senseandsensibility."-- Evan Gilling, from a never-to-be written opusThat is my answer to Finnegans Wake -- a book I've sampled and thereupon decided to not spend further precious minutes of my fleeting life on.Before I say [...]

  • “Fabulous Pub Fare”Australians all let us read Joyce!Though we are liter’y,We dread the trouble and the toil.He’s not our cup of tea.His works abound unread on shelvesIn bookstores everywhere. It’s time we tried Finnegan’s Wake, Dubliners and Ulysses.In Joyceful ways, then, let’s consumeThis fabulous pub fare!(Extract from “Proposal for a Chair in Joycean Studies”By Professor Bruce Bloomsday, Poet Lorikeet and Larrikin,Department of English, Scottish and Irish Studies, Finnegan [...]

  • It was in the home stretch of reading this book, of all books, when I got the ol "hey whatcha reading there?" to which I responded, "uh, it's Finnegans Wake" "Finnegan's Wake huh?" "Yeah, it's about Dublin and the river that flows through it." Thinking about it later, I was surprised how such a coy simplification could at the same time be such a succinct explanation. The novel is built around this one central image of the land (husband) jutting up, the river (wife) flowing through and dividing i [...]

  • Since this book is an anomaly unto itself, I will review it with a true story that I made up. There's a custodian in my apartment complex i've become friendly with named Red. One day, I noticed Red eyeing me up while I sat reading my copy of Finnegan's Wake and asked him if he was familiar with it. He replied "Yes" in his kindly old Red way, and launched into a breathless, half hour criticism of Joyce as a literary thief, "Picasso of letters" he called him, convincingly accusing him of cobbling [...]

  • Now I have a nice copy of this OUP (2012) edition of Finnegans Wake. And let me tell you, this is the edition you want to have. Above all you Wake novices. I really do like my The Restored Finnegans Wake, but it has no materials to assist New Finnegans, and the reset pagination makes it nearly impossible to coordinate it with any of the secondary literature. What is this OUP edition? It is an entirely newly set edition which reproduces the text of the first edition (1939) but incorporates the co [...]

  • Seventh printing. And I'm going to read it. Not fake=read it like some people!!!! People who fake=read Finnegans Wake are fAke=peoples. Those kinds of people are the WORST!!!! (!)

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