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A Reader's Guide to Finnegans Wake

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  91 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
For years, William York Tindall's Guide has been one of the valuable ways to approach the difficult writing and complex language of Joyce's Finnegans Wake. Over a period of 40 years, Tindall studied, instructed and, most importantly, learned from graduate students about Joyce's greatest literary masterpiece. He explores and analyses Joyce's unexpected depths and vast ...more
Paperback, 339 pages
Published June 30th 1996 by Syracuse University Press (first published 1969)
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Casey
Aug 10, 2016 Casey rated it liked it
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Reading a guide alongside Finnegan's Wake was indispensable. I found it difficult to adjust to the style of writing in this guide. It's like reading a bunch of notes strung together.

Considering that a true guide to Finnegan's Wake, one that breaks down all the meanings, would probably be a 1,000 pages, this a decent guide for someone who wants a high level overview.

It does get into some minor details. However, this isn't a guide that is going to take you line by line, or even page by page. It d
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Josh Brown
Feb 09, 2014 Josh Brown rated it it was ok
It's a truism to say that any summary of a book presupposes an interpretation of that book. This problem is merely academic for most books, as the interpretative decisions one makes in summary are minor. For Finnegans Wake, though, those decisions are inherently major; you need to decide things like how many characters the book had/whether there are any characters in the fist place. You need to make major ontological decisions. Tindall makes them, but in a way that is conceited and self-assured ...more
Leo Robertson
Sep 09, 2012 Leo Robertson rated it really liked it
Pretty decent, wouldn't have understood any of the references on my own. A bit repetitive at times, though (leave Mrs Bloom's Yes alone! It is what it is.) Gonna try out A Skeleton Key to Finnegans Wake: James Joyce's Masterwork Revealed too :-)
Ed Smiley
I found this somewhat helpful in cherry picking individual items, but as a companion volume, I think Skeleton Key to Finnegans Wake is superior in providing a "narrative" thread for the lost reader. It would not do any harm though, to use both books, and Tindall's idiosyncratic grumpy complaints and alternate interpretations can hold their own against Campbell and Robinson's mythic and somewhat breathless approach.
Plucino
Dec 29, 2013 Plucino rated it it was ok
I need a Reader's Guide to the Reader's Guide...

Much better to jump into the original book without any parachute and bababadalgharaghtakamminarronnkonnbronntonnerronntuonnthunntrovarrhounawnskawntoohoohoordenenthurnuk!
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I can see why this is generally recommended as a guide. Worth it.
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