1. peachalulu
    Offline

    peachalulu Contributing Member Reviewer Contributor

    Joined:
    May 20, 2012
    Messages:
    3,829
    Likes Received:
    2,382
    Location:
    occasionally Oz , mainly Canada

    Has anyone read Finnegan's Wake?

    Discussion in 'Book Discussion' started by peachalulu, Oct 12, 2012.

    Picked up Finnegan's Wake the other day. I like surreal... but this is ridiculous. I feel like it's written by
    aliens. Just want to know if anyone has ever gotten through it or given up?
     
  2. thirdwind
    Offline

    thirdwind Contributing Member Contest Administrator Reviewer Contributor

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2008
    Messages:
    7,352
    Likes Received:
    2,896
    Location:
    Boston
    I tried reading it but gave up after the first page. Honestly, I don't think anyone can read this book without a guide of some sort.
     
  3. Cogito
    Offline

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

    Joined:
    May 19, 2007
    Messages:
    35,935
    Likes Received:
    2,043
    Location:
    Massachusetts, USA
    I'm probably a heretic for saying so (and worse yet, a bad Irishman), but I have always found James Joyce tedious. I never forced myself to take on Finnegan's Wake, even assuming that doing so would be good medicine.
     
  4. jg22
    Offline

    jg22 Member

    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2011
    Messages:
    53
    Likes Received:
    2
    I'm reading it, albeit very slowly, and with a guide. It's an amusing trifle so far. The puns and portmanteaus can be laugh out loud funny if you read the text aloud, and the surreal, multiple interpretations of each and every sentence can create some very lovely imagery in one's mind. It's certainly the strangest (and perhaps the most complex) piece of fiction I've read, but it's also very charming- it has an odd soul to it. Not one to be read in any short period of time, though.
     
  5. MackTheFinger
    Offline

    MackTheFinger New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2012
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Armagh, Ireland
    Have read 'Ulysses' over a 6 month period - with a guide. Also retraced Blooms steps
    and read parts of the book out loud (though not at the same time). Adored it -very funny, and made me fall in love
    with language again. 'Dubliners' also contains perfect short stories.

    Have 'Finnegans wake' on the list to be read. Must get a guide, take my time and give it a go.
     
  6. Lemex
    Offline

    Lemex That's Lord Lemex to you. Contributor

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2007
    Messages:
    10,507
    Likes Received:
    3,151
    Location:
    Northeast England
    I gave The Wake my best shot and I just couldn't do it. I love James Joyce personally, but that is the one thing of his I have not read, simply because I cannot read it.
     
  7. thirdwind
    Offline

    thirdwind Contributing Member Contest Administrator Reviewer Contributor

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2008
    Messages:
    7,352
    Likes Received:
    2,896
    Location:
    Boston
    Same here. I've read a lot about the background of the book and what Joyce tried to accomplish (or did he succeed?). My opinion about this book changes quite frequently. On the one hand, I appreciate the experimentation, but on the other hand, the book is not accessible at all. I wonder how many critics and reviewers have actually finished the whole thing.

    One of my professors said that the most interesting conversations he had had about Finnegan's Wake were with people who had never read the book.
     

Share This Page