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The Restored Finnegans Wake (Penguin Modern Classics) Hardcover – 5 Apr 2012

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  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (5 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141192291
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141192291
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 3.3 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 650,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Danis Rose is principal editor of the forthcoming critical edition and electronic hypertext of Finnegans Wake. His publications include The James Joyce Archive: Volumes 28-63 (New York, 1977-78; with David Hayman and John O'Hanlon); The Index Manuscript (Colchester, 1978); Understanding Finnegans Wake (New York, 1982, with John O'Hanlon); The Lost Notebook (Edinburgh, 1989; with John O'Hanlon); The Textual Diaries of James Joyce (Dublin, 1995); and Ulysses: A New Reader's Edition (Mousehole, 2004). He was born in Dublin, where he now lives.

John O'Hanlon has collaborated with Danis Rose in most of the Joyce-related projects undertaken by him, in particular in the preparation of the extensive electronic hypertext of Finnegans Wake. His expertise is in mathematics and logic, and he has been primarily responsible for the origin (or adaptation) and coherence of the programs and protocols essential to Rose's hypertext constructions.

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Whilst it is great to see a 'corrected' Finnegans Wake a chance has, sadly I think, been missed.

1. As so many guides to the book refer to it, it would surely have been better to paginate the book as that of the original Faber edition. It would also have been easier to see just what has been changed. In a book as dense as FW and unless the correction is obvious (as that to 'The Ballad of Persse O.Reilly (pg 35 Faber pg 44)) it is well-nigh impossible to recognise them.

2. The typeface chosen is poor and is very tiring on the eye. With such a dense novel as FW, which is difficult to read anyway, the reader needs a larger, clearer typeface than we are given here. To be fair, when Faber reset the book the print became even smaller and virtually unreadable and that is probably why most readers seek out second hand copies of the earlier editions (which do have an errata at the back).

3. A list of the amendments and page alignments as appendices would have been helpful. Perhaps that is forthcoming as reading this edition means that the guides which refer to the pagination of the early Faber edition are now defunct.

4. As many readers of the Wake annotate their copies (I use the Faber 1959 edition which is covered in notes) it would have been preferable to print on the left hand page only and leave the right hand page free for notes (or vice-versa for left-handed readers).

5. The cynic in me does wonder whether, given that the novel is available on Kindle very cheaply and for £1.99 from Wordsworth Classics, the timing of this issue is a cynical attempt to re-establish copyright through a new text (the composer Stravinsky was rather good at this creating new (reduced- or re- orchestrations) 'versions' of his early music to lengthen copyright).
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This is a difficult book to review, not merely because of its content. If you are not yet familiar with the strangeness of Joyce's final literary effort, then Rose's edition is probably - at least for now - a bad place to start, as it is the "odd one out" and most people are familiar with the 1939 edition (which virtually every edition except this one reprints). If you are familiar with the work, then you will realise what a seminal statement Rose's claim to have restored the original text is.

Let me first of all address two points raised by Richard W. Cowdell in his review. Richard asks whether "the timing of this issue is a cynical attempt to re-establish copyright through a new text." As Richard points out, there are far cheaper versions of the text available by now, probably because Joyce died in 1941 and copyright of published works expires after 70 years. Yet I doubt that Rose's edition is likely to represent an organised effort to somehow establish a "new" copyright. Up until the beginning of this year, copyright of "Finnegans Wake" was with the James Joyce Estate, with which Rose has been involved in a lengthy court case over his 1997 edition of "Ulysses" (ultimately forcing him to reverse a number of amendations in the 2004 reprint of that edition). Presumably, to cooperate with Rose would be the last thing the Estate would intend to do if they wished to prolong their influence on the availability of "Finnegans Wake." Similarly, the last thing Rose would want to do would be to have this edition officially acknowledged as a new version in the sense of a new text. (For in that case, the Estate might sue him for basing his emendations on material not contained in the 1939 edition, but only in galley proofs, drafts, and manuscripts, for which copyright has not expired yet.
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Joyce, man of Letters, fluent in Languages, Traveler in circles high and low and places near and far, Scholar of knowledge, Prophet to Mankind.

Joyce has thrown all of Mankind's manifest gods/deities/idols into FW, in reading FW like circumambulating the Kaaba's 360 idols, each reader/critic will find their own manifest god and if enlightened move on to the Unmanifest.

Joyce's Ulysses (is the story of a young man) whose framework is Homer's Odyssey: a tale of Modern-day Odysseus' personal existential/sexual quest overcoming his psychological internal travails (not Odysseus' external travails) affirming humanity (the fundamental family unit: the father, mother, son, and daughter). Joyce's FINNEGANS WAKE (is the story of a mature man) whose framework is Giambattista Vico's "La Scienza Nuova's" 4 stages of history (cyclic): theocratic to aristocratic to democratic to chaos (followed by Joyce's God "thunderclap") which ends chaos and restarts the world again with theocracy.

Both FINNEGANS WAKE (FW) and Ulysses are situated in Dublin (Ireland) and though both books were written on the European continent, Joyce memorializes his birth home. FW is Joyce's continuation of Ulysses on a grander scale: Bloom becomes All-Men (HCE) and Dublin becomes the World. Joyce's Ulysses (Bloom) is an energetic man hopping out of bed, plunging into the Dublin day, waging battles real and unreal, exhausted by controversy and rejuvenated by love (Molly). Joyce's FINNEGANS WAKE is man (HCE) ever-living, man of all wisdom, man of all compassion, man of all understanding, man of all time - Joyce's FW protagonist is Finnegan, who (re)incarnates to HCE, who will (re)incarnate to Shem and Shaun.
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