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Finnegan's Wake
    #3789008 - 02/16/05 01:38 PM (13 years, 2 months ago)

did anyone grok that book? because I didn't. what the hell was he talking about? (I haven't read anything else by James Joyce, and indeed, I only managed half of Finnegan's Wake. so maybe I'm not one to talk.)

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Re: Finnegan's Wake [Re: Zekebomb]
    #3789109 - 02/16/05 02:03 PM (13 years, 2 months ago)

It seems that no one understands a bit of it, and hardly anyone reads it either (and I'm an English major, although Finnish is my mother tongue). Our teacher of 20th century lit was speaking in a conference of some international James Joyce Society or something like that, and she talked with these old guys who had a Finnegans Wake meeting every now and then. They read about a line a day or something, and in these meetings they would then discuss the lines. And how long is that book? .... I will not touch it! Sounds like pretentious nonsense to me.

Finnegans Wake is his most difficult book. Ulysses is entertainment compared to it. It's best to begin with Joyce's early stuff, and go on from there for as long as it's enjoyable. So, start from Dubliners ("The Sisters", and "The Dead" are classic stuff), then Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man. And then try Ulysses. Then you're finished with the guy and can go on to better stuff. Of course, now some Joyce purist claims that he's the most important writer of the century. I will not argue with him/her... Of course, if you stick with him and study his novels like hell, you can (maybe) find out what the fuzz is about... I haven't done it, so I can't really tell.

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    #3793540 - 02/17/05 03:39 PM (13 years, 2 months ago)

Yeah, and McKenna also reads some passages which is really cool.  I own the book and have only read about 40-50 pages and I love it.  But its one of those books that you read your entire life.  Which I plan on doing.


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Re: Finnegan's Wake [Re: Penguarky Tunguin]
    #3794504 - 02/17/05 07:10 PM (13 years, 2 months ago)

Wasnt Finnegans Wake written in "real time"? I asked a bartender at my local irish pub, who is from ireland about it. He told me that at the time, it was somewhat revolutionary to write like that, with the dialect, much like Mark Twain. He said it now is a pretty boring read, but back then was a new concept sort of.

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    #3795922 - 02/18/05 12:01 AM (13 years, 2 months ago)

Its written in a "dream" language.  Supposedly its about a guy whose asleep and is having a bunch of dreams.  Its full of puns and use of many different languages.  Its hardly boring, but tough, oh yes. 

Has anyone ever been on the verge of waking up from deep sleep and have started reading a book or something with wordsd but what you are reading isn't exactly english but it isn't exactly and unknown language either, well, Finnegans Wake is like that.

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Re: Finnegan's Wake [Re: Zekebomb]
    #3796449 - 02/18/05 01:39 AM (13 years, 2 months ago)

no. but you should read nadja by andre breton.

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