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User Review  - jarvenpa - LibraryThing

It really, really helps if you can read bits of this aloud, and if you don't fuss too much about understanding everything absolutely. If you can find a recording of Joyce reading...it helps even more. This is a book to submerge yourself within. Don't fret about it the first time through. Read full review

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User Review  - JCamilo - LibraryThing

Some aspects of Finnegans Wake must be said: It is irrelevant if it is prententious. Of course it is, no one takes as much time as Joyce did if he didn't believed to be working in something special ... Read full review

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User Review  - aethercowboy - LibraryThing

Considered unreadable by many, Finnegans Wake takes us on a journey through a dreamland along a stream of consciousness. With such diverse characters who are at times unique, but at other times, the ... Read full review

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User Review  - humdog - LibraryThing

James Joyce was a prophet of hypertext. once you understand that he was writing hypertext, then his work is not so, well, WEIRD. he did this before there was HTML. it is real hypertext. you have to follow the links to understand the book. Read full review

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User Review  - Ganeshaka - LibraryThing

Kick? What mother? Whose porter? Which pair? Why namely coon?" Choirs of inquiring minds want to know. Oh where o-weird is our friendly NPR interviewer, asking "Now Mr. Joyce could you explain, for ... Read full review

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User Review  - Widsith - LibraryThing

A sort of triumph, a sort of failure. It's impossible to rate, really, but it's not remotely like anything else in English literature so in that way it's certainly impressive. On one hand it's ... Read full review

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User Review  - tungsten_peerts - LibraryThing

My first experience with FW was in undergraduate school, when as a pretentious putz I used to carry it around so I would look impressive. It didn't work. :^) It's now my favorite book (well, of ... Read full review

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User Review  - peterbrown - LibraryThing

It took Joyce [+ an army of helpers] 17 years to write it - and 17 years it took me to read it. The cover fell off years ago and the margins are thick with my scribbledehobble. The book's dusk lead to ... Read full review

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This book written by an extremely well read author tries to demonstrate how all of history is cyclic. Joyce drew upon an encyclopedic range of literary works. His strange polyglot idiom of puns and portmanteau words is intended to convey not only the relationship between the conscious and the unconscious but also the interweaving of Irish language and mythology with the languages and mythologies of many other cultures. 


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