Finnegans Wake

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Penguin Adult, Jun 29, 2000 - Fiction - 628 pages
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Joyce's final work, Finnegan's Wakeis his masterpiece of the night as Ulysseswas of the day. Supreme linguistic virtuosity conjures up the dark underground worlds of sexuality and dream. Joyce undermines traditional storytelling and all official forms of English and confronts the different kinds of betrayal - cultural, political and sexual - he saw at the heart of Irish history. Dazzlingly inventive, with passages of great lyrical beauty and much humour, Finnegan's Wakeremains one of the most remarkable works of the twentieth century. 'An extraordinary performance, a transcription into a miniaturized form of the whole western literary tradition' Seamus Deane

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Confessional: I was doomed right from the start. I have been calling this book Finnegan's Wake. That should tell you something...when I can't even get the title right. I have read a lot of reviews of ... Read full review

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I'd love to say it's unreadable, but that would only mean that I couldn't read it. I'd like to say it's worthless, but that would only mean that I find no worth in it. There are many who have found it ... Read full review

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About the author (2000)

James Joyce was born in Dublin on 2 February 1882, the eldest of ten children in a family which, after brief prosperity, collapsed into poverty. He was none the less educated at the best Jesuit schools and then at University College, Dublin, and displayed considerable academic and literary ability. Although he spent most of his adult life outside Ireland, Joyce's psychological and fictional universe is firmly rooted in his native Dublin, the city which provides the settings and much of the subject matter for all his fiction. He is best known for his landmark novel Ulysses (1922) and its controversial successor Finnegans Wake (1939), as well as the short story collection Dubliners (1914) and the semi-autobiographical novel A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916). James Joyce died in Z rich, on 13 January 1941.

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