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Finnegans Wake
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Createspace Independent Pub
Publication date July 18, 2015
Pages 354
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9781515134619
ISBN-10 151513461X
Dimensions 0.80 by 8.50 by 11 in.
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Original list price $14.95
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Summaries and Reviews description: Product Description: Finnegans Wake is a novel by Irish writer James Joyce. It is significant for its experimental style and reputation as one of the most difficult works of fiction in the English language. Written in Paris over a period of seventeen years, and published in 1939, two years before the author's death, Finnegans Wake was Joyce's final work. The entire book is written in a largely idiosyncratic language, consisting of a mixture of standard English lexical items and neologistic multilingual puns and portmanteau words, which many critics believe were attempts to recreate the experience of sleep and dreams. Owing to the work's expansive linguistic experiments, stream of consciousness writing style, literary allusions, free dream associations, and abandonment of narrative conventions, Finnegans Wake remains largely unread by the general public. Despite the obstacles, readers and commentators have reached a broad consensus about the book's central cast of characters and, to a lesser degree, its plot. However, a number of key details remain elusive. The book discusses, in an unorthodox fashion, the Earwicker family, comprising the father HCE, the mother ALP, and their three children Shem the Penman, Shaun the Postman, and Issy. Following an unspecified rumour about HCE, the book, in a nonlinear dream narrative, follows his wife's attempts to exonerate him with a letter, his sons' struggle to replace him, Shaun's rise to prominence, and a final monologue by ALP at the break of dawn. The opening line of the book is a sentence fragment which continues from the book's unfinished closing line, making the work a never-ending cycle. Many noted Joycean scholars such as Samuel Beckett and Donald Phillip Verene link this cyclical structure to Giambattista Vico's seminal text La Scienza Nuova ("The New Science"), upon which they argue Finnegans Wake is structured.

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from Createspace Independent Pub (July 18, 2015)
9781515134619 | details & prices | 354 pages | 8.50 × 11.00 × 0.80 in. | List price $14.95
About: Finnegans Wake is a novel by Irish writer James Joyce.
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
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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