Reading Finnegans Wake

Finnegans Wake treasure map

I have said before and reaffirm that I do not recommend Finnegans Wake to everyone; but neither do I not recommend it.  That is to say that I will evangelize for Ulysses but I will only sit in the sidelines and cheer when someone proposes to touch the Wake.  I do this because I recognize that the work of the Wake is not to everyone's taste.  I don't think it is outside of any literate person's ability, but I do think it is outside of most literate persons' scopes.  And so, while I don't recommend it aggressively, I am quietly encouraging anyone who has had a hankering for it to read the article referenced and perhaps a few sentences of the story itself.  You'll find yourself enjoying it before you know it. 

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  1. Now here's a project for a blogger.

    Take one or more words from FW and post it with comments daily. I'm pushing 72 so I won't try it as I doubt that I would get off the first page. It's a job for a younger person or maybe even for several generations.

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  2. Dear Fred,

    And one that should prove infinitely diverting and amusing. Now--that is a way of "amusing myself to death" that I could buy into!

    Steven

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  3. The project is yours, if you wish.

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  4. Steven - I just found that post too and when I tackle the Wake, after Ulysses, that sounds as good an approach as any.

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  5. Dear Fred,

    Well, with my tenacity (witness Wordsworth), you can see that it fits well within my capacity. It's a really great idea.

    Steven

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  6. Dear Anthony,

    I wish you well on the Wake. It certainly is a challenge, well beyond the challenge that Ulysses represents. And I do think that it is one of those books that benefits from a communal reading experience--enthusiasm grows. However, it is rare outside a University community to assemble such a group. So, if ever you'd like a companion on the way, just jog over hear, and you'll always have an attentive ear.

    shalom,

    Steven

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  7. Go for it.

    I will certainly be along for the fun.

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  8. Steven - Thank you for that very kind offer, which I shall certainly require when I take on the challenge.

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