Finnegans Wake, the greatest avant-garde novel of all time, was first published 70 years ago - and people are still trying to work out what it is about. There is Humphrey Chimpden Earwicker - aka HCE (Here Comes Everyone) - and Anna Livia Plurabelle, but also Finnegan the hod carrier (or was he a giant?), whose wake is the subject of the book. This is a masterly reading of the abridged version, with copious notes aiding comprehension.
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"Listening to Jim Norton and Marcella Riordan is a lot easier than trying to read the book." (The Guardian)
I've been a long time James Joyce fan but always felt too intimidated to attempt 'The Wake'. When I saw the audio version on Audible I decided to listen and decide whether I wanted to attempt the full book. And I do! The well acted reading is illuminating and I was able to enjoy the rhythms and musicality of the words as I believe Joyce intended. I would recommend this audio book to any one who lives poetry or James Joyce. My only criticism of the recording would be the 'sign off' at the end, this makes it difficult to skip back to the beginning straight after listening and preserve the circular nature of the novel. Well worth a listen though!
"Joyce's Mad Masterpiece brought to life"
Among the top five.
The way the reading helped to bring the many levels of sense to the surface through sound.
The Anna Livia Pluribella scene
the final part when the river joins the sea and the cycle begins all over again.
"Very good performance"
Because of the nature of the Wake it is better to read it the first time; not all the pins etc work aloud. On the other hand, sometimes it makes more sense aloud as it helps one see rhythms which aren't always obvious on the page.
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