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Wake Up To Genius,
This review is from: Finnegans Wake (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback)
It's a novel, Jim, but not as we know it. There is an attractively modernist cover, printed pages with lots of words (many only vaguely familiar to this reader) and, as customary with an Oxford edition, an introduction that elucidates and entertains. As for the text, the standard Joycean themes stand out in digital high-res from the fog of yer man's invented language. We get: an obsession with the nature and tincture of women's underwear; plenty of drinking (Guinness and Jamesons) and arguing in the pub; Irish mythology by the truckload delivered in a medley of Leinster, Munster, Connacht and Ulster accents; and a whole load of English and continental European culture thrown in for good measure. What's the story? Hard to say, everything really. What does it mean? Whatever its sounds suggest to you (it's worth reading out loud). Is it any good? When is JJ anything other than brilliant? Should you buy it? Ah, go on, go on, go on...