Finnegans Wake

Finnegans Wake

by James Joyce
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Finnegan's Wake 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome and worth reading! Actually found that I liked FW much more than expected and Ulysses somewhat less (though still a great book). It surprised me. Hey, at 628 pages (long but not onerous), if you love literature, you should defintely sit down, read it, and see what all the fuss is about. My experience: am a self-taught lit reader, reading my way thru the classics, but by no means an "expert". After reading Ulysses, I thought I would just dip into FW, expected not to understand anything, and at least be able to say that I too read FW and found it awful. Surprise. It is indeed very, very opaque. Somehow, though, by puzzling thru what Joyce is trying to say, you "connect" with the book and writer and it springboards your own thinking. The themes are universal and thought-provoking: e.g., the cyclicality of night/"waking", death/rebirth, the "good" twin/"bad" twin archetypes, etc. There is also the whole puzzle of the "plot", puns, wordplays, and references to the Bible, numerology, fables, and even Alice in Wonderland! Btw, the intro to this edition is really good and clarifies many of these things and what to look for - all a 1st time reader really needs. Joyce considered this his masterpiece. Many of the themes begun in Ulysses (transmigration of souls, etc.) are developed here. Ulysses is a grand, intellectual masterpiece, but I think that it's in FW that you really understand this writer's heart and soul.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finnegans Wake (no apostrophe!) takes Joyce's linguistic experiments to a logical conclusion. The strange and malleable quality of the writing is all but overwhelming (and for most people incomprehensible), and what scraps of setting, character and plot remain are swept away by this constantly-changing dreamscape. Probably the best way to enjoy this book is to keep in mind that, like Ulysses, it is primarily a comedy. Puns and jokes abound, and that can prove very amusing even for those of us that can't begin to fathom the 'real meaning' of the text. No one has attempted a linguistic experiment on this scale since, so this remains probably the most radical 'radical text' in existence.
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It's a hard book to read yet I can't stop reading it. When I read part of a section of 50 pages I didn't realize it was about to men shaking hands. But I think this is a good book to read.
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guitaoist3 More than 1 year ago
brilliant tho i suggest the annotations to help along with the infinite variety of meanings within each word
Guest More than 1 year ago
i can only add my voice to those encouraging the wary to dip into this compendium of joy
Guest More than 1 year ago
You will probably consider this novel to be difficult. I agree with anybody who thinks so. It is very difficult. It certainly is hard to grasp, but once you get into it, that is it. James Joyce stretched the language and brought the book to a far higher form of writing that is uncommon around. Uncommon in the sense that you have to get into it to love it. For easier, compelling reads, I recommend the works of Janvier Tisi, James Carrol ans Sydney Sheldon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have just finished the first four chapters of this book and I can't tell you one thing that it is about. I can tell you that it is a combination of the 'boringness' of the begat chapters from the Bible, and the fascination of Revelations. This book is like listening to a great piece of music or overhearing a conversation that is in a foreign language. No one knows the meanings of these things, but everyone enjoys eavesdropping or being seduced by Beethoven. This book is Joyce's personal language, albeit pompous for Joyce to presume that it would become great, it is a circus--a circus of monkeys or soothsayers is for you to decide.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This relentingly strange work of fiction was the last and i think best by the finest writer of the first half of the prior century,-people feel it to be a work of madness,-but i know not of a better work of the history of the universe,-for the discerning reader of modernist texts,-
stareid More than 1 year ago
so, not a review. But I am a fan of Joseph Campbell and he walked around with this book under his arm for years. His wife jokingly called it her competition. I just ordered it but the reviews have me a little scared!! Not exactly a summer read I guess.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Try reading the last line of the book then read the first half sentence of the book then it seems to make the most sense of anything in the forsaken book, but all in all, by trying to confuse the reader Joyce has liberated us writers to step outside are lines and really write. Yay Joyce. "TO CLAY TAMOR" and "whew!" as its own para. thats amazing !!!!! sir.charles
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To make a short story long, while I was reading South of Broad by Pat Conroy, I ran across a reference to Ulysses and Bloomsday. I thought I'd be really "cool" and get Ulysses from B and N and read that. Well, at the same time, why not get Finn also. Truth be told, I couldn't make head or tale out of either of them. Sorry. EEL