Finnegans Wake

Finnegans Wake

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Having done the longest day in literature with his monumental Ulysses, James Joyce set himself even greater challenges for his next book -- the night.

"A nocturnal state...That is what I want to convey: what goes on in a dream, during a dream." The work, which would exhaust two decades of his life and the odd resources of some sixty languages, culminated in the 1939 publication of Joyce's final and most revolutionary masterpiece, Finnegans Wake .

A story with no real beginning or end (it ends in the middle of a sentence and begins in the middle of the same sentence), this "book of Doublends Jined" is as remarkable for its prose as for its circular structure. Written in a fantantic dream language, forged from polyglot puns and portmanteau words, the Wake features some of Joyce's most brilliant inventive work. Sixty years after its original publication, it remains, in Anthony Burgess's words, "a great comic vision, one of the few books of the world that can make us laugh aloud on nearly every page."

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Publisher: New York : Penguin, 1999, c1939
ISBN: 9780141181264
0141181265
Branch Call Number: FIC Joyce
Characteristics: xxxiii, 628 p. : music. --

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Erik_Reads
Dec 11, 2014

The public library is a great source for books you likely won't make it all the way through. Whether you are trying to impress an erudite house guest or just feeling friskily literate, Finnegan's Wake may be the book for you ...

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