Finnegans Wake. James Joyce (Oxford World's Classics) Fourth Printing Edition

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The editors have provided a lucid introduction and a chapter-by-chapter outline which gives one at last a vague hold on what's going on, but it's not overburdened with notes, which frees one to stop worrying and just enjoy the surrealism and exuberance of Joyce's language. Independent on Sunday

About the Author

Finn Fordham is the author of Lots of Fun at Finnegans Wake (2007) and I do I undo I redo: the Textual Genesis of Modernist Selves in Hopkins, Yeats, Conrad, Forster, Joyce, and Woolf.
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Product Details

  • Series: Oxford World's Classics
  • Paperback: 646 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA; Fourth Printing edition (June 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199695156
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199695157
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Roger Saxton on July 26, 2014
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I love Finnegans Wake, but I had to read it more than once before I felt that way about it. I read it the first time because I heard it was perhaps the most difficult book to read that had ever been written, and I wanted to see if I could do it. It took me more than two years to read it the first time. I read it with the help of the Ronald McHugh book which takes Finnegans Wake line by line and defines foreign and obscure words. I hoped that this would help me understand the book as a whole. It didn't. There were parts here and there I could make out and puns I could enjoy, but I felt hopelessly lost and decided to have nothing more to do with the book once I had finished it. However, I could not get Finnegans Wake out of my mind and decided to tackle it again a few years later. Even though there was more that I understood then than I did the first time I read it, it was still a struggle and it appeared that it would take me as long to finish it the second time as it did the first. One night as I was reading it in a state between being awake and asleep, I started dreaming. As it usually happened, my dreams jumped around from one thing to another with no logic at all. I found myself talking with others in the dream but did not understand the gist of the conversation I was having. I understood the words, but they didn't seem to be connected to each other. As I went in and out of this half awake and half dream state, I thought that dreaming was a lot like reading Finnegans Wake and that reading Finnegans Wake was a lot like dreaming. At that point I completely woke up and realized that my approach to reading the book could not have been more wrong headed. Instead of trying to understand every word and paragraph, I needed to go with the flow and read steadily without stopping.Read more ›
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Steven Moore on February 21, 2013
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This new edition from Oxford is now the one to own. Though reset, it follows the same line/page format as the previous editions (unlike the recent "Restored Finnegans Wake"), has a useful introduction by Finn(!) Fordham, a huge list of variant readings in back, and--best of all--a 10-page plot outline up front that will be a life-saver for beginners and is very convenient even for experienced Wakeans.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kristin Ohman on April 4, 2014
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I don't think my life is long enough to give this book the close reading it deserves, but I'm enjoying the challenge of seeing how much I can understand. I would recommend it to obsessive compulsive freaks with a sense of humor.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Bearwife on July 30, 2013
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I am still reading this book, very slowly. It is work -- each word is layered, there are a huge number of literary, historical, song, theatrical, scientific, mythological, and Dublin references - - and more. Reading aloud, and trying to imagine the words spoken in an Irish accent, is a good idea. I also find using references such as the excellent finwake.com site is a big help. But the book is worth all this effort. It is a celebration of language, salted with plenty of bawdy references, wit, and puns. No one who loves language should miss it.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By derek on August 10, 2014
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1---understand all public advertising, including that of computers, to its depths.
2---understand how the internet formed.
3---read ANY book written in English, no matter how "difficult".
4---understand your relationship to all your senses.
5---read with all of your senses.
6---not feel uncomfortable or frustrated when you don't understand stuff.
7---feel at ease with being overwhelmed.
8---understand how knowledge institutions need to be subverted, temporarily destroyed, and radically reconfigured to better suit not only the economy but also the individual's private intellectual life.
9---understand the nature of most communication mediums and art forms,
10--not take high art and literature so seriously.
11--not feel the need to have a psychedelic experience via dropping acid, which is can be ify.
12--predict the future, and in turn see how this isn't a big deal.
13--stop being a language nazi, if you are one.
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Agree with all the other reviews so far, but my big complaint is no one has or will it seems, publish a line numbered edition. Already wore out my first copy, so I'm waiting.
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