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A Shorter Finnegans Wake

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ISBN-13: 978-0670002245
ISBN-10: 0670002240
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Book by James Joyce


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Press (January 26, 1968)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670002240
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670002245
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,398,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Daniel P. Jameson on February 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
Read the good key by Joe Campbell and don't try to understand every single blasted drunken reference, as surely Joe did not...(tho granted he probably got 98% of them)
above all, this book must be read aloud, to oneself and/or to others...with a good fake Irish brogue (or a real one if you're Irish); using this method, it is amazing how many times an incomprehensible reference will be brought to light!

don't read the abridged version, read what the man wrote, all the way through, and then again, for corn's sake! USQUEBAUGH!
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6 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Shalom Freedman HALL OF FAME on January 20, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Joyce has written the unreadable masterpiece a book which will continue to be discussed and speculated about without anyone ever having been able to read it. Whether this is a great accomplishment I do not know but it does it seems to me fit in with Joyce's pattern of knowing how to take the inner structure and development of his own work to and through its ultimate end no matter what the consequences. There is a logic in the development of Joyce's work from the first epiphanies on oval leaves all through Dubliners and Portrait and then the climax in Ulysses and the great final beallandendall of the Wake. The Wake is a book which puts its reader to sleep and though Joyce demands we read all the years of the nights only literary scholars will. It is a great fake and hoax an onrunning punning funning thing at times - but please oh please do not let me have to give much time to it in my own small future.

Which is not to say I do not love the lyric of certain lines certainly the opening of riverrun past bend of bay through swerve of shore and also of course the carry me along taddy as you done at the toyfair a way a lone a long a last the

What a slice of blarney this dear little thing its
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