Cyril Cusack and Siobhan McKenna read from James Joyce's Finnegans Wake. This idiosyncratic novel is full of multilingual puns and portmanteau words, intended to recreate the experience of sleep and dreams.
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"Aweome but only 2 chapters?????"
Yes, but with the caveat that it is only excerpts, not the entire book.
the entire reading is lyrical and melodious, just like Joyce intended it to be, I imagine. Its hard to extract one part as "the most memorable". It's not a romance novel. The whole book is a masterpiece.
the scene where I wasted 10 minutes of my life completing this silly box form:)
Lots of fun at Finnegan's Wake!
Anna Livia Plurabelle
yes - it is hard to pick up in the middle of the story. Have to listen to the whole
too short but lot of fun
"A Great Work..."
"Finnegan's Wake" is actually a great story. However, many criticisms of it say that it's unreadable and unable to be interpreted. The secret method to understanding "Finnegan's Wake" is understanding that the narrator is speaking, and thus the story is written, with an Irish accent... the letters in the words of the story are meant to create the sound of an Irish accent. It's actually quite an interesting piece, a novel little bit by Joyce. I suggest listening to it after familiarizing yourself with the speech styles of the Irish. :).
"A Standout Performance! Alas, only one hour."
Most definitely yes. Like Shakespeare's plays, 'Finnegans Wake' (by Joyce's own statement) is meant to be heard more than visually read.
'Finnegans Wake' is not a narrative by most people's standards. (The erudite crowd may disagree.) For me, it's more a work of prose-poetry to be relished for the immediate experience of hearing it read out loud (by talented readers) versus any intellectual meaning that can be found in the 'story'.
Every character performed by these gifted actors is superbly done.
Don't Look for Meaning.
Audible: Please commission Cyril and Siobhan to record this entire book. Doing so would be such a gift to the literary world. (There are Joyce foundations which would likely contribute to the cause.) The few other existing recordings of Wake are pathetic by comparison.
"I wish I could tell you"
I think that just because you find something incomprhensible doesn't mean you shouldn't say something and I would say that just like an instrumental piece of music you can get the drift wthout catching the words. but in Finnegans Wake you can endlessly puzzle out their meanimg.
"Only part of the book"
This is only part of a 600+ page novel. It was advertised as entire novel.
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