Hmmm. I thought it had been around long enough and had enough
commentary/analysis that it had lost some of its opacity.
It is a shadow opposite of ULYSSES. It is a night in the life -
or unconscious - of a Dubliner. It begin\s in the middle of a
sentence and ends with the beginning of the sentence. It covers
European culture from the story of Adam and Eve on. It is a
combination of celtic/english and other languages which twine
together like loose dna strands causing all kinds of language clash
such as puns. It is divided by 10 main soundblasts called
thunder claps. If one is willing to engage the challenge of
expressionist painting, one should get a similar profit from this
work. Like any piece of modern art, it needs to be accepted
on its own terms.
This is a very basic summary. I'm sure there are some Joyce
fans who can improve on/correct it. Some knowledge of
of Giambattista Vico might help -- the same philosophy at
play as in Yeats' "The Second Coming".
----- Original Message -----
From: "Carrol Cox" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Monday, November 01, 2004 5:23 PM
Subject: Re: Analogy
> Peter Montgomery wrote:
> > So How does FINNEGANS WAKE fit into all this?
> I claim no knowledge of Finnegan's Wake -- I "read" it only in the sense
> that I let my eyes rest on each word consecutively from the first page
> to the last. But even for those of us to whom the book is mostly opaque,
> I don't see how it poses any puzzles as to how it fits into this thread.
> One phrase I recall, "lipoleum and wellingdone." Obviously it couldn't
> exist without the context of 150 years of English history, including
> both floor coverings and a major war. So it fits in as nicely as any
> fragment of any language.