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Finnegans Wake
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Createspace Independent Pub
Publication date July 8, 2014
Pages 600
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9781500445539
ISBN-10 1500445533
Dimensions 1.25 by 6 by 9 in.
Weight 1.90 lbs.
Original list price $21.00
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: Experimental novel by James Joyce. Extracts of the work appeared as Work in Progress from 1928 to 1937, and it was published in its entirety as Finnegans Wake in 1939. The book is, in one sense, the story of a publican in Chapelizod (near Dublin), his wife, and their three children; but Mr. Humphrey Chimpden Earwicker, Mrs. Anna Livia Plurabelle, and Kevin, Jerry, and Isabel are every family of mankind. The motive idea of the novel, inspired by the 18th-century Italian philosopher Giambattista Vico, is that history is cyclic; to demonstrate this the book begins with the end of a sentence left unfinished on the last page. Languages merge: Anna Livia has "vlossyhair"--wlosy being Polish for "hair"; "a bad of wind" blows--bad being Persian for "wind." Characters from literature and history appear and merge and disappear. On another level, the protagonists are the city of Dublin and the River Liffey standing as representatives of the history of Ireland and, by extension, of all human history. As he had in his earlier work Ulysses, Joyce drew upon an encyclopedic range of literary works. His strange polyglot idiom of puns and portmanteau words is intended to convey not only the relationship between the conscious and the unconscious but also the interweaving of Irish language and mythology with the languages and mythologies of many other cultures.

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Paperback
Book cover for 9780140062861 Book cover for 9780141181264 Book cover for 9781500445539 Book cover for 9781515134619
 
from Createspace Independent Pub (July 18, 2015)
9781515134619 | details & prices | 354 pages | 8.50 × 11.00 × 0.80 in. | List price $14.95
The price comparison is for this edition
from Createspace Independent Pub (July 8, 2014)
9781500445539 | details & prices | 600 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 1.25 in. | 1.90 lbs | List price $21.00
About: Experimental novel by James Joyce.
Reissue edition from Penguin Classics (December 1, 1999)
9780141181264 | details & prices | 672 pages | 5.75 × 8.50 × 1.50 in. | 1.25 lbs | List price $23.00
About: Presents an experimental novel depicting a dream of world history, with characters from literature and history appearing and disappearing, written in a dream language that is a comical mixture of all the languages of Europe.
With Samuel Baker | Reprint edition from Penguin USA (February 1, 1982)
9780140062861 | details & prices | 5.25 × 7.50 × 1.25 in. | 0.95 lbs | List price $16.95
This edition also contains Wild Beasts and Their Ways: Easyread Super Large 20pt Edition
Cassette/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9780804508544 Book cover for 9781590070031
 
Unabridged edition from New Millenium Audio (March 1, 2003); titled "Finnegan's Wake"
9781590070031 | details & prices | List price $50.00
from Spoken Arts (April 1, 1996); titled "Finnegan's Wake"
9780804508544 | details & prices | 4.50 × 7.50 × 0.75 in. | 0.20 lbs | List price $10.95

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