FINNEGANS WAKEJames Joyce4 May 1939Finnegans Wake is a work of avant-garde comic fiction 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, which blends standard English lexical items and neologistic multilingual puns and portmanteau words to unique effect. Many critics believe the technique was Joyce's attempt 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.
"The original document was in what is known as Hanno O'Nonhanno's
unbookable script, that is to say, it showed no signs of punctuation of
any sort. Yet on holding the verso against a lit rush this new book of
Morse's responded most remarkably to the silent query of the world's
oldest light ..."FINNEGANS WAKE James Joyce 1939 page 123
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