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Finnegans Wake by James Joyce
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Read from March 08 to April 18, 2013

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03/15/2013
25.0% "25% done, that is, in that I've listened to the first CD and have the vaguest of vague idea of what it's 'about'."
04/18/2013
100.0% "Ok, I don't have a clue what this is 'about' but I enjoyed listening to the musicality of it, and I'll listen again when I'm ready to read the book."
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James Murphy Wow. Stick with it. An underrated work, imo. Well worth the ride.


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Jim Then again, perhaps not ...


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Lisa Why not, Jim?


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Jim It's several hundred pages of intricate puns with not a shadow of a plot and only the merest pretense of characters. It's fun to pick up and read a page at random, but it's nothing like even Ulysses or Portrait of the Artist. As Joyce's own wife Nora complained, "Why don't you write books people can read?"


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Lisa Oh I bet she said that about all his work, she was a chambermaid after all LOL.
She probably wanted him to write the 1920s equivalent of the Da Vinci Code so that she could pay the bills...


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Jim Judge for yourself.


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