Finnegans Wake by James Joyce
(Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin)

80%

5 Critic Reviews

At last, one of the great question marks of the literary world is to have an answer, for here is the book on which Joyce has spent the 17 years that have elapsed since Ulysses turned the writing profession upside down.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

In Chapelizod, a suburb of Dublin, an innkeeper and his family are sleeping. Around them and their dreams there swirls a vortex of world history, of ambition and failure, desire and transgression, pride and shame, rivalry and conflict, gossip and mystery.
 

About James Joyce

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James Joyce was born on February 2, 1882, in Dublin, Ireland, into a large Catholic family. Joyce was a very good pupil, studying poetics, languages, and philosophy at Clongowes Wood College, Belvedere College, and the Royal University in Dublin. Joyce taught school in Dalkey, Ireland, before marrying in 1904. Joyce lived in Zurich and Triest, teaching languages at Berlitz schools, and then settled in Paris in 1920 where he figured prominently in the Parisian literary scene, as witnessed by Ernest Hemingway's A Moveable Feast. Joyce's collection of fine short stories, Dubliners, was published in 1914, to critical acclaim. Joyce's major works include A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Ulysses, Finnegans Wake, and Stephen Hero. Ulysses, published in 1922, is considered one of the greatest English novels of the 20th century. The book simply chronicles one day in the fictional life of Leopold Bloom, but it introduces stream of consciousness as a literary method and broaches many subjects controversial to its day. As avant-garde as Ulysses was, Finnegans Wake is even more challenging to the reader as an important modernist work. Joyce died just two years after its publication, in 1941.
 
Published May 16, 2014 by BookRix. 601 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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Kirkus

Good
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Nov 02 2011

At last, one of the great question marks of the literary world is to have an answer, for here is the book on which Joyce has spent the 17 years that have elapsed since Ulysses turned the writing profession upside down.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by The Guardian on Aug 16 2008

This book is nothing apart from its form, and one might as easily describe in words the theme of a Beethoven symphony.

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Independent.ie

Excellent
Reviewed by Bruce Arnold on May 19 2012

I advise: simply fork out for it and read this great work by Joyce. It's worth every penny.

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London Review of Books

Good
Reviewed by Michael Wood on Dec 16 2010

Much ‘wonder’ is to be found in Finnegans Wake, if we take up its invitation to an ‘open and active engagement with forgotten or ignored dimensions of an old and richly varied world.

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The New York Review of Books

Good
Reviewed by Michael Chabon on Jul 12 2012

The limits of language are not the stopping point, says the Wake; they are the point at which we must begin to tell the tale.

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