Joyce's Book Of The Dark: Finnegans Wake by John BishopJoyce's Book Of The Dark: Finnegans Wake by John Bishop

Joyce's Book Of The Dark: Finnegans Wake

byJohn Bishop

Paperback | June 15, 1993

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Joyce’s Book of the Dark gives us such a blend of exciting intelligence and impressive erudition that it will surely become established as one of the most fascinating and readable Finnegans Wake studies now available.”—Margot Norris, James Joyce Literary Supplement

John Bishop is associate professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley.   
Title:Joyce's Book Of The Dark: Finnegans WakeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 10 × 8 × 1.2 inPublished:June 15, 1993Publisher:University of Wisconsin Press

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ISBN - 10:0299108244

ISBN - 13:9780299108243

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Finnegans Wake by James Joyce 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 but it seems like kindergarten level to Joyce's masteral degree. Joyce used what they call as "portmanteau" or the fusing together of two or more words in the same or different languages. Thus "kissmiss" is both the festive season and something that might happen during it, with a suggestion of fatefulness; the Holy Father becomes a "hoary frother"; and an old photo is a "fadograph." Reading this book requires Job's patience but in the end, it is rewarding for the fact that this is another testimony to James Joyce's brilliance as a writer. Finnegans Wake is the playful luminous moon to Ulysses' serious bright sun. One complement the other like flaunting to the world that James Joyce could be funny after writing the very profound retelling of Homer's classic epic poem, Odyssey.
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Editorial Reviews

“Though it is well known that Joyce claimed that his intention in Finnegans Wake was to ‘reconstruct the nocturnal life,’ Bishop is the first scholar to see in this notion the key to Joyce’s wildly obscure masterpiece.  His reading of Finnegans Wake as a night-book produces a new sense of the book’s form, shape, and structure.  In his reading, Freud, Vico, and the Egyptian Book of the Dead take on new meaning, and his accounts of the geography and sexuality of the Wake are fascinating.  Bishop brings a rare command of the text to his difficult enterprise, and the organization and prose are models of clarity.  ‘You is feeling like you was lost in the bush, boy?’ Joyce’s Book of the Dark will help all serious readers of the Wake get their bearings.”—Keith Cushman, Library Journal