Finnegans Wake by James JoyceFinnegans Wake by James Joyce

Finnegans Wake

byJames Joyce

Paperback | July 9, 2012

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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 them and their dreams there swirls a vortex of world history, of ambition and failure, desire and transgression, pride and shame, rivalry and conflict, gossip and mystery. This is a book that reinvents the novel andplays fantastic games with the language to tell the story of one man's fall and resurrection; in the intimate drama of Humphrey Chimpden Earwicker and his wife Anna Livia, the character of Ireland itself takes form. Joyce called time and the river and the mountains the real heroes of his book, andits organic structure and extraordinary musicality embody his vision. It is both an outrageous epic and a wildly inventive comedy that rewards its readers with never-ending layers of meaning.In the introduction to this newly set edition, which faithfully maintains the original page layout, Finn Fordham guides the reader through the novel's complexity, and suggests a range of ways into the book.
Robbert-Jan Henkes and Eric Bindervoet are writers, translators, and artists based in Amsterdam. They translated Finnegans Wake into Dutch in 2002 in a bilingual edition, and it is their English setting that provides the text of this edition. Their translations of King Lear and Ulysses will appear in 2012. Finn Fordham is the author of...
Title:Finnegans WakeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:720 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0 inPublished:July 9, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199695156

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from ???? five stars or one - it's all the same - most difficult novel ever written
Date published: 2018-02-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Tough Nothing but respect for Joyce, but this is unreadable.
Date published: 2017-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Too Much I only read about a 100 pages on this attempt of the FW, but I'll try it again. Its either a 1 star or five star book, depending on your tastes; five for me.
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I Wouldn't Bother... FINNEGANS WAKE by James Joyce My Thoughts: I knew going into this book that it is said to be one of the most difficult (English language) books to read. I wouldn't call it difficult, just more...exhausting. I find it hard to enjoy a book that has so little structure and clear plot to it. When I did finally grab onto some clear(ish) plot and understand what the heck was going on something would change and I'd be back to where I started wondering what was going on. Each scene like this never lasted long, almost as if someone was changing the channel of your television every 30 seconds and you could never get a grasp on any of it. Kind of annoying, right? (I did find Book III clearly had the least jumping around, in my opinion, for whatever reason.) I didn't hate reading FINNEGANS WAKE, but I will admit it was a chore, no pleasure reading here. (It's #77 on the list, so I was not going to quit!) One thing I will give Joyce is that I love the "circle plot" in books - FINNEGANS WAKE opens in the middle of a sentence, and ends the middle of that same sentence; I loved that. I also enjoyed some choice quotes from the book, although the majority of the language was a drag to muddle through (some call it genius, but I call it "itwood havebeanbetter without the wordchoiceand writingstilebeeing socrazy"). I found myself reading sentences over and over again to make sure I had cut up the words correctly, and that was a pain and a major barrier for enjoying anything good I could have picked out from this book. If you are not required to read this book for any reason, then I would pass on it, unless you'd like to read something that you are sure your friends probably haven't, or you are a hotshot literature wizard that wants to try to "understand" FINNEGANS WAKE. For average readers who love a great (clearly understandable) story, like myself, there are many other classics that are very enjoyable, and I suggest grabbing one of those instead. Favorite Quotes: "Sweet bad luck on the waves washed to our island." (Page 46) "When I'm dreaming back like that I begins to see we're only all telescopes." (Page 295) "Leave the letter that never begins to go find the latter that ever comes to end, written in smoke and blurred by mist and signed of solitude, sealed at night." (Page 337) Overall Opinion: D (Sorry, Mr. Joyce!)
Date published: 2010-09-01