- Capa comum: 160 páginas
- Editora: Booksurge Publishing (27 de junho de 2005)
- Idioma: Inglês
- ISBN-10: 1419609300
- ISBN-13: 978-1419609305
- Dimensões do produto: 13,3 x 0,9 x 20,3 cm
- Peso de envio: 240 g
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A Word in Your Ear: How & Why to Read James Joyce's Finnegans Wake (Inglês) Capa Comum – 26 jun 2005
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Whether you are new to Joyces most difficult work or a long familiar friend, this humane essay will guide, refresh, and delight. It has been described as "smart and readable," "an excellent Wake Primer," "everything such an introduction should be," "the best intro to the Wake Ive seen," "a stunning performance and of exemplary clarity," "intelligent, courteous and serene."
Part I introduces the unique language techniques that Joyce used to create Finnegans Wake and describes some of the major themes and characters. The influence and presence of Giordano Bruno, Giambattista Vico, and Egyptian mythology are described, and the importance of Dublin and Irish geography and history is emphasized with a concise overview of each.
Part II examines several short excerpts in depth and provides general introductions to several others. The selections give the reader a broad sample of essential passages from throughout the book and different examples of how to read and interpret them.
Included as appendices are a whimsically short version of Finnegans Wake, thoughts about the narrator, structural insights from the order in which Joyce wrote the book, and an essay on the presence of Irish saint and goddess Brighid as elucidated by the late Clarence Sterling.
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Finnegans Wake (19221939) by James Joyce (18821941), elaborates the fragmentation and reunification of identity during sleep. The masculine (as Joyce characterized it) mind of the day has been overtaken by the feminine night mind. The result is a book that reaches deep into the unconscious soul, beyond language and so before language, but forced to use language to tell it. The characters live in the transformation and flux of a dream, embodying the sleepers mind.
The human mind, and the history it creates in its image, is protean and complex but not a chaos or void. And so in Finnegans Wake certain things stand out again and again as one reads and rereads. What follows is an introduction to some of those patterns and recurring points of orderalbeit as seen in my own ever evolving understanding.
Knowing some of this as you begin reading yourself will I hope make the book a little less forbidding. I will not be prescriptive, nor am I trying to prove a thesis. This introduction will avoid obsessive detail and arcana and analysis. The aim is to provide broadly applicable informationalong with some of the insights of my experiencefrom which the reader will certainly venture according to his or her own insights, interests, and character.
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Yes, the Wake is certainly no typical novel. But I think some of the terms applied such as "the most impenetrable book ever written" are a bit melodramatic. The Bible has passages that are difficult to understand, right? So is it impenetrable? Quantum mechanics is nearly impossible to grasp. Impenetrable? No.
Impenetrable implies that the reader will get nothing from the book. I actually enjoy and gain regeneration from reading the wake. No, I can't decipher every line. But I can follow the general idea and love the word play. Play. See that's the real key here. Play. If the book is approached as play, as fun, the reader will enjoy the book.
And that brings me to A Word in Your Ear. The author states upfront that his book is not a deep scholarly dissertation on the Wake. It's a starter, an encouragement to dive in. As that, the book serves the purpose. If you want to just get started with the Wake, this book is adequate to "get you in". Go deeper if you'd like with other dissections. But for a toe in the water, this book will serve the purpose.
Kitcher's invitation has especially reawakened my interest in the dark book. I find myself in that late stage of life when I wonder, with HCE, ALP and Joyce if it's all been worth it.