Finnegans Wake
  • Finnegans Wake
  • Finnegans Wake
  • Finnegans Wake
ISBN: 1840226617
EAN13: 9781840226614
Language: English
Pages: 656
Dimensions: 1.42" H x 7.72" L x 5.04" W
Weight: 0.97 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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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.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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   Review of the Wordsworth Classics edition
Not reviewing the book itself, but this particular edition. Although it uses the original edition of Finnegans Wake in 1939, it has line numbers in the margins and section numbers at the top of the page. This edition can therefore be used more easily with most commentaries. The quality of the book is about as good as a Penguin Classics paperback and about a third of the price. Not the best text from the standpoint of scholarship, but it is good enough for the average reader and comes at a bargain price.
 
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   the entire thing
I can now understand why many would read only one chapter of this work, but it is very rewarding for those with deep linguistic knowledge and some knowledge of history and literary references. It is something of a mental exercise in which the double meanings and references are confumed over, but is very enjoyable for certain minds. You know very rarely whether there is a plot, but it is often beautiful and enjoyable. This is the book for people who love Ulysses or the linguistics in the Lord of the Rings, but are looking for a greater challenge and more dialect samples.
 
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   Toughest read? Challenge accepted!
I bought this book because, well, the ever-elisive said it is the hardest book to read in English literature. I started off right, I don 't hate it, but is certainly not a multi-tasking read... I actually have to put this time aside to read it!
 
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   Good for the price.
A moderately readable edition that adds unobtrusive line numbers on the inner margins close to binding. The copyright - page info is misleading. The text is derived from a good photo duplication from a clear impression of the first issue. The text thus lacks the corrections Joyce made that were later added as an appendix and still lies in the text of the editions published by Viking and Faber. They were usually small, but not always. See the photo.
 
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   How to bend a book cover twice, by J.B.
The cover was bent vertically, in two places. In terms of the physics of the package, I can 't understand how a book cover could be bent twice unless it was bent before the ship.
 
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   On the "build quality" of the Wordsworth Classics edition
So, Wordsworth Classics is known for delivering what most people claim as lower quality books in terms of paper quality, binding, and all that in the interest of keeping the Shopaholic-bookworm lifestyle a little more frugal, but I write this now to say that if you manage to receive a Wordsworth book in decent condition, quality won't be an issue. I mean the covers aren 't that amazing, but that is pretty much of it.
 
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   Ugh
It is just impossible. I completed the Phd Level Lit in Grad School. Tuition was taught in college. This book requires a companion book to get through. People like to say that they enjoy Joyce.
 
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   It's good if you get puns, or maybe Irish, I don't know.
I have been reading it for about a week and a half and I am only on page 23.
 
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