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Finnegans Wake (Penguin Modern Classics) by James Joyce
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Observe the maxim "People fear what they don't understand". This is not to say that anyone has an especially clear idea of the Wake's meaning. But the expectations of the reader will inevitably let them down, and they will become angry and frustrated.
If you study this book with an open mind (I don't pretend that it can be "read" straight through, or without the benefit of analytical texts), you will find yourself learning more than you could have hoped about philosophy, history, Ireland, writing, epistemology, art, and humanity than you ever could have supposed. Each sentence will stimulate the curious mind to greater knowledge.
Joyce would be amused at the… Read more